Brendan Behan letter: the writer sent a note to Conradh na Gaeilge from what is now Theatre Royal Stratford East, the producer Joan Littlewood’s London theatre

A letter from Brendan Behan, a ballot paper with Michael Collins among the candidates, and correspondence relating to Douglas Hyde, Patrick Pearse and(...)

Six men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood at St Patrick’s College Maynooth this autumn, the lowest number since its foundation in 1795. Photograph: iStock

Just six men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood at St Patrick’s College Maynooth this autumn, believed to be the lowest number since its (...)

Seamus Finn: he was just 24 when he became the youngest editor in the country. Photograph: The Sligo Champion

Seamus Finn, the former editor of the Sligo Champion who has died aged 70, was as a cub reporter banned by Sligo Rovers from their home turf, the Show(...)

Prominent Catholic theologian Fr Gabriel Daly opposes ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital by the Sisters of Charity.

Prominent Catholic theologian Fr Gabriel Daly has supported Dr Peter Boylan in opposing ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) by the (...)

Bishop Kevin Doran: said that he had not been talking about the proposed new National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s in Dublin when he spoke to the Sunday Times, but, rather, had spoken “in general terms”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bishop Kevin Doran may have been speaking “in general terms” last Sunday about healthcare provision in Catholic-run institutions, but he accurately re(...)

‘The most intriguing thing about the  row was that it all played out in the medium preferred by teenagers and 20 somethings - phone messaging’

The most intriguing thing about the huge row that erupted between the most senior figures in the National Maternity Hospital is that it was all played(...)

Brendan Howlin: “It is certainly not acceptable for any doubt to even exist for bishops now or into the future to say that they have any influence”

An alternative site for a national maternity hospital (NMH) must be found if a deal that would see the State have full control of the facility cannot (...)

Teenager Aoife McCormack (14) has to have her finger pricked 10 times a day.

Paula McCormack has to wake her teenage daughter at least two times most nights to test her blood sugars levels. Aoife (14) has had type 1 diabetes (...)

‘Riot’ by THISISPOPBABY: ‘a “genderf*ckery-filled variety show that delivers a titillating cocktail of theatre, dance, performance art, and music’

Ronan Brady is a fine figure of a man. It’s a description you won’t hear too many former intercounty footballers use to describe a one-time opponent,(...)

Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin (left): said schools merger decision was made after  discussions and consultations over a number of years, which started before his appointment as bishop  in 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has been criticised by a campaigner over how the proposed amalgamation of two Athlone schools has been hand(...)