South African boys sit and watch preparations taking place around Nelson Mandela’s home for his burial in the ancestral village of Qunu yesterday. Photograph: Nic Bothma/ EPA

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela will be committed to the earth tomorrow by his own people, in the land that shaped him as a child.   The man who revolutioni(...)

 African National Congress  party members hold a prayer service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the Standard Bank arena in central Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday.   Photograph: TJ Lemon/EPA

Churches across South Africa were filled yesterday as people prayed and gave thanks for the life of Nelson Mandela.In what used to be his own family c(...)

A girl dances today on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, where the former South African President Nelson Mandela resided when he lived in the township. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Late former South African president Nelson Mandela’s body is being prepared to lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria next week, where untold(...)

Church of Ireland Primate elect Richard Clarke photographed at the Glen Royal Hotel, Maynooth. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The irish Times.

Church leaders in Ireland have paid warm tribute to the late South African president Nelson Mandela. The Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard (...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (centre) and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) attend the funeral of Father Alec Reid in  the Clonard Monastery in west Belfast today. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Hundreds of mourners from across Belfast have joined politicians and clergy of all denominations for the funeral of Fr Alec Reid, the quiet priest who(...)

Fr Alec Reid: politicians credit him with utter trustworthiness and a persistence that kept the fragile peace process going.  Photograph: EPA

Alexander (Alec) Reid was born in 1931 in Dublin and raised in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, from where his mother hailed. He was professed a Redemptorist in (...)

All 35,000 tickets for the weekend have been sold out, and it looks like festival-goers will be lucky with the weather.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Campsites at the Electric Picnic venue in Stradbally, Co Laois, will be open from 9am today, with surrounding roads expected to be busy. Gardaí have s(...)

Meg Harper, director of the Yeats Summer School, and author John Banville. Photograph: James Connolly

If WB Yeats was around today he would use YouTube and Twitter, the director of the International Yeats Summer School in Sligo suggested yesterday.Prof(...)

 President Michael D Higgins lays a wreath during the National Day of Commemoration Ceremony at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham yesterday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Various strands of society came together in Dublin yesterday to honour the Irishmen and women who died in past wars and on duty with the United Nation(...)

A pagan people?

It was fitting that it should be reported yesterday, the feast of the birth of St John, that a substantial number of the Catholic bishops now believe (...)

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