Saint Patrick

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Patrick Freyne getting into the St Patrick’s Day spirit in his Carrolls Irish Gifts outfit. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Carrolls Irish Gifts is a chain of 16 shops to which tourists go to learn our ways and defer to our traditions. You can often find these shops by foll(...)

Star Trek – The Next Generation: Picard and Wharf with the pesky Irishman Danilo Odell

Sad as this is to contemplate on our Big Day, it’s not unusual for famous people to culturally appropriate our national name and wander about wearing (...)

Church services

CATHEDRALS Down Cathedral, Downpatrick Sundays at 11:30am and Thursdays at 10am with Holy Communion. You are very welcome to visit Down Cathedral. Mo(...)

Saoirse Ronan on Saturday Night Live. Image: Youtube

Let us get the rebuttal out of the way first. The unfunny Aer Lingus sketch on Saturday Night Live should cause no Irish person to have a conniption. (...)

Dr Eamonn Martin: ‘People preferred to cling on to a history of difference and separation, rather than recognise and embrace our shared story of common suffering.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The Archbishop of Armagh Dr Eamon Martin has criticised the writing out of history of Irish Catholics who died in the first World War. Archbishop Mar(...)

Mac a tSíthigh was known for his quick wit, and his three commandments for the ‘Naomhóg na Tinte’ crew were ‘no captain, no complaining, no anger’

Dómhnall Mac a tSíthigh, who died off the Iberian coast after his naomhóg capsized last month, was an award-winning storyteller and poet, broadcaster,(...)

“It is hard to see a prayer that involves a wish that ‘Christ Our Lord’ will guide parliamentarians’ work as a mere cultural symbol.” Photograph: Johnny Bambur

Last week, the Dáil deferred until after Easter a vote on changing the House rules to allow for 30 seconds of “silent reflection” after the traditiona(...)

Chris Patten: his report said the RUC should not be disbanded but should be renamed. It proposed a new badge, and that the British union flag should no longer be flown over police buildings

If the Patten Commission was able to reform policing in a bitterly divided society in Northern Ireland – as it did – then there is no reason why simil(...)

Police arrest a man in the  Holyland area of Belfast during the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Low-level disorder, alcohol-related offences and minor assaults were among what young people were arrested for.  Photograph:  Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye

The Police Service of Northern Ireland made at least 11 arrests on St Patrick’s Day in the Holyland area of south Belfast, a district densely populate(...)

For a small nation, we've plenty to boast about

CONNACHT Galway Galway has always been a hub for visitors, notably including Christopher Columbus, who pitched up in 1477 and is thought to have atte(...)

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