Derek Leinster, founder of the Bethany Home Survivors Group, at a memorial ceremony for the children and babies who died at the home, at Mount Jerome cemetery in July 2015.   Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

It has been 200 days since the publication of the report from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Bethany Home survivor Derek(...)

 Ruins of mission school on the Great Blasket today

Bribery or conviction?: The story behind Faith and Fury: The Evangelical Campaign in Dingle and West Kerry, 1825-1845 St James’s Church in (...)

John Moriarty’s stomping ground: Gleann na gCappel, the Horses’ Glen, in the Mangerton massif, Co Kerry.

The emphasis on staycationing this summer has given people an opportunity to rediscover Ireland anew. Intellectually curious holidaymakers who might o(...)

British paratroopers take away civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday after the paratroopers opened fire on a civil rights march, killing 14 civilians. Photograph: Getty

From the beginning of his time in Belfast, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis signalled that he was going to deal with the past in his (...)

President Michael D Higgins inspecting the 27 Infantry Battalion at Collins Barracks, Dublin, during the National Day of Commemoration. Photograph: Tom Honan

It rained and rained, and the gulls shrieked throughout, both disturbing the solemnity to such a degree that when Dr Hemant Kumar intoned his pre-prep(...)

Bibi Baskin at the Maryborough Hotel, Cork: ‘I don’t know anybody who’s older than me. And sometimes that’s a right pain in the a*se.’ Photograph: Jim Coughlan

“Who the hell gives a damn apart from me?” muses Bibi Baskin. We’re talking via Zoom on the occasion of her retirement this week, and with typical blu(...)

Same-sex marriage is not approved of by any of the four major churches in Ireland.  Photograph: iStock

The Methodist Church in Ireland has reaffirmed its understanding of marriage as between a man and a woman following a decision on Wednesday by the Met(...)

From left: Rev Rebecca Guildea; Rev David Mungavin, Rector of Greystones; Dr Margaret Kennedy; and Archbishop Michael Jackson

Greystones parishioner Dr Margaret Kennedy has been presented with an award for her work on behalf of survivors of clerical sexual abuse. The Langton(...)

‘First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies are to be deferred until further notice’.

The Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has described as “grossly disrespectful” and “almost cavalier” the manner in which churches were told thi(...)

George Townshend, whose forebears were from Castletownshend in Co Cork, was a key figure in the Bahá’í Faith in Ireland

As there are no clergy in the Bahá’í Faith, its community affairs are managed by elected administrative bodies and these assemblies are a central part(...)

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