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Pope Francis takes part in his inaugural mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Rome’s St Peter’s Square for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis this morning which he concelebrated(...)

Sinéad Hamill at her home in Stillorgan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I was a fit and healthy child and teenager, playing volleyball, basketball and tennis in school and riding horses until I was pregnant with my (...)

Newly elected Pope Francis appears at the window of his future private apartment to bless the faithful, gathered below in St Peter's Square. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

More than 100,000 people gathered to hear Pope Francis say his first Angelus from the papal apartments at the Vatican this afternoon In (...)

DAN KEENAN in Togher, Co Louth The small rural community of Togher has turned out by the hundred for the funeral Mass of the man shot de(...)

Joseph P Kennedy III is the only member of the Kennedy family currently holding political office in the US. Photograph: Suzanne Kreiter/Globe

H e recalls sitting around the dinner table at his grandmother’s house listening to his aunts and uncles and older cousins debate the issues of(...)

Over the last few decades, we’ve worked harder than ever at dismantling unhelpful national stereotypes. You know the sort of thing. The Irish a(...)

Unfazed: John Hurt says he’s not concerned by the mention of the great Krapps who have preceded him, such as Patrick Magee, Harold Pinter and Michael Gambon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Breakfast interviews often turn out to be a bad idea. You can easily end up with a recorded interview that you can’t really hear because it’s f(...)

St Patrick's Day annual celebrations in Trafalgar Square, London

LORNA O’GARA Mother of Hugh (6), Lily (12) and Grace (11), living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil T(...)

A picture of Pope Francis in a souvenir shop near the Vatican today. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Patsy McGarry, in Rome This morning Pope Francis met most of the 206 members of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican's Clementine Hall(...)

Newly elected Pope Francis I (2nd R), Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, walks in the 5th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore during a private visit today. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Yesterday afternoon, by mistake, someone at the Italian Bishops Conference sent off a telegram of congratulations to Car(...)

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