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Patrick FitzSymons as a one-year-old baby

For most of his life Patrick FitzSymons, one of thousands of Irish children illegally given away for adoption over decades in Ireland, celebrated his (...)

Diarmuid Martin (74), who has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome. “One thing I would not want is that there would be a vacuum or that there would be a prolonged period of speculation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, turned 74 on April 8th. He has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome, a(...)

A relative of a victim of the explosion at St Anthony’s Shrine reacts at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

As Christians in Sri Lanka gathered on Sunday morning to celebrate Easter Mass, the culmination of Holy Week, powerful explosions ripped through three(...)

Emmanuel Macron, centre, near Notre Dame cathedral last Monday. That afternoon, the president had recorded an address to the nation, which was to have been broadcast at 8pm. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

The flames that devoured much of Notre Dame Cathedral last Monday night also destroyed president Emmanuel Macron’s meticulously constructed communicat(...)

The Dublin band The Blades, fronted by Paul Cleary, onstage in 1985. Photograph: Terry Thorp

What does a nation in crisis sound like? It’s a pertinent question for our uncertain times, which has of late been occupying Bob Stanley. For Stanley,(...)

Éamon de Valera in 1948: JJ Lee’s analysis of the political state-builders, including William T Cosgrave, de Valera and Seán Lemass, was multilayered and nuanced. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Getty

When introducing his short history, Ireland in the Twentieth Century, published in 1975, historian John A Murphy noted that “in the absence of both pe(...)

Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, which was a mother-and-baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Prof Mary Daly of the Mother and Baby Home Commission recently attempted to explain why, in 20th-century Ireland, so many thousands of children were n(...)

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘What went wrong to give rise to a situation in which children within the church of Jesus Christ were not cared for with scrupulous dignity, whether in life or in death?’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he is profoundly distressed at the findings of fifth interim report of the Mother and Baby (...)

As the man turned to leave, gasoline spilled onto the floor after being confronted by security guard. Photograph: NYPD Twitter

A 37-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday night after walking into St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York with two full gasoline cans, lighter fluid and(...)

Site of the  Bessborough Mother and Baby Home in  Blackrock, Cork city:  was operated by the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary  nuns. Photograph: Provision

Bessborough More than 900 children born in, or admitted to the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home outside Cork city died in infancy or early childhood,(...)

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