Brendan Hope (49), of Springfield Cottages, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, who is  charged with IRA membership, has been returned to custody after surrendering his bail at the Special Criminal Court. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Mullingar man charged with IRA membership has been returned to custody after surrendering his bail at the Special Criminal Court. Brendan Hope (49)(...)

The education of children with no religious belief is a problem for parents. It straddles the rural-urban divide – city schools under the patronage of(...)

We know that it’s better to pick up the phone or – slightly more awkwardly – Skype, Viber or FaceTime

A midnight Whatsapp pings. “Any craic?” It’s your emigrant friend. Maybe she heard Beyoncé’s 2006 hit single Irreplaceable – “oh college break-up dram(...)

Nude Girl Reading by William Orpen will be among the Irish paintings Sotheby’s will auction this autumn in its reinstated Irish Sale

Sotheby’s has signalled confidence in the Irish art market by announcing the relaunch of dedicated Irish art sales in London this autumn. The interna(...)

The Von Trapp family ensemble, with Steven Houghton as Captain von Trapp, in the original The Sound of Music stage show, which comes to Dublin from August 17th

It is 50 years since Julie Andrews threw her arms open and declared the hills alive with the sound of music, but still no one has answered a very i(...)

Fr Aidan McAleenan, a pastor in St Columba’s parish in California became the “accidental voice of a broken Irish community”, according to Kathy Sheridan.

The recent Berkeley tragedy which claimed the lives of six young people highlighted the central role that priests can play in providing comfort and so(...)

A screengrab of the article in the New York Times which has caused offence in Ireland.

The New York Times has apologised for an article on the Berkeley balcony tragedy, admitting some of the language used “could be interpreted as insensi(...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy pictured outside Leinster House before the start of the debate on IBRC. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

They were falling over each other in the Dáil in their efforts to be flexible. Just like they had been in the IBRC, apparently, when business swashbuc(...)

Mazda’s CX-5: SUV got off to good start by being Japan’s top-selling SUV in 2012 and 2013

When Mazda launched the CX-5 crossover in 2012, it was easy to miss its significance. Just another tall SUV in a market already flooded with them, (...)

Cork man Cillian O’Leary, winner of the Cork City Marathon: “I just wanted to make sure I didn’t slip on a manhole or the tiles coming down Patrick Street.” Photograph: Darragh Kane

Cork man Cillian O’Leary on Monday became the first local person to win the bank holiday marathon in the city since 2007. O”Leary (35) is a native of (...)