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President Michael D Higgins  acknowledged those for whom Christmas this year is overshadowed by circumstances. File photograph: Tom Honan

President Michael D Higgins said a “radical” solution was required to solve the State’s homelessness crisis as he appealed for a “renewed sense of soc(...)

A woman bakes bread in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, on October 21st, 2018 Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty

The residents of Khan al-Ahmar are living on borrowed time. On Monday, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Knesset members from his ruling(...)

Patrick Kavanagh: “Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.”
In a word: ‘Poem’

After his Fianna Fáil/Labour coalition government fell in November 1994, the then taoiseach, Albert Reynolds, commented: “It’s the little things that (...)

Brona (left) and Grainne watching the sunrise over the Dead Sea.
Welcome to my place . . . Palestine
  • Abroad
  • September 29, 2018, 04:00

Brona Ní Uigin from Monaghan and Grainne Ní Thiarnain from Sligo, both law graduates from NUI Galway, lived in Palestine for several years doing legal(...)

Racegoers shelter from the rain on Ladies Day at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Galway Races are decadent and depraved. Or is that the Kentucky Derby? Either way, as you read this, I’m there – probably trying to “pace myself”(...)

A question on the film Cáca Milis appeared which asked students about about the main character’s effect on the viewing audience. Photograph: Irish Film Board/Youtube

Students who banked on a widely-anticipated short story appearing in the higher level Irish paper prose section got a surprise today. The story, An G(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin:  The Eighth Amendment  places as the very foundations and substructure of our laws a clear conviction that all human life is worth cherishing

Two months ago, as my mother was dying, I shared her last Eucharist – I touched the sacred host to her lips and placed a tiny drop of the precious blo(...)

Pope Francis  celebrates Midnight Mass of Christmas in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

Pope Francis has likened the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of people today who are forced to leave their homel(...)

Christian pilgrims light candles inside the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in Bethlehem. Photograph: AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi

Living in Bethlehem, you can never escape thoughts of Christmas. The small town has family-owned gift shops that date back to the 15th century, their (...)

A photograph of a supernova explosion: after the star blows off the lighter material outside it packs down into a neutron star that becomes a pulsar.

People of old were more aware than we are of the night sky and took a keen interest in unusual happenings above them. The configuration of the stars w(...)

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