One historian posits that Protestants’ propensity to be ‘more sparing with the doughnuts’ may be one reason for their lower mortality rates. Photograph: iStock

Protestants live longer than Catholics, according to new Central Statistics Office research – a fact attributed by historians to their thriftier lifes(...)

People taking part in the  Dublin Pride Parade last year. Photograph: Tom Honan

Dublin Dublin Pride starts Thursday June 20th and culminates with the main event – the Dublin Pride Parade – which starts at 1pm on Saturday, June 2(...)

United Irishmen fight British troops at the battle of Vinegar Hill in Wexford in 1798. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

What does it mean to be Protestant and Irish? This is a question Protestants in the Republic have been asked more frequently in recent years, as the e(...)

Students queue up to register to vote at Trinity College Dublin following a registration drive by USI.

As early as last January, when Government strategists began planning the timing of the abortion referendum, a single date stood out: May 25th. “It wa(...)

‘This wave of emigration will affect the development of Irish society for decades to come, just the same as every other exodus during the past four centuries.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland is a small country with a huge diaspora. It is estimated that more than 70 million people across the globe claim some degree of Irish ancestry(...)

Donal English-Hayden (14) died after a tractor drawing a trailer overturned on a farm in Co Carlow. Photograph: Facebook

The funeral of 14-year-old Dónal English Hayden, who was killed in an incident on a farm in Co Carlow during the week, has taken place. Fr Conn Ó Mao(...)

A collection of stained glass windows from the Harry Clarke Studios has come to light and is to be sold at auction. Photographs supplied by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers.

A collection of stained glass church windows from Dublin’s renowned Harry Clarke studio has come to light and is to be sold at auction later this mon(...)

The unending masks of love: Lady Gaga’s Poker Face

Professional philosophers are much more comfortable talking about abstruse concepts and impenetrable theoretical frameworks than everyday subjects (...)