Pope Francis shaking hands with Br Kevin Crowley at the Capuchin Day Centre on Bow Street in Dublin, as part of his visit to Ireland last month. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

My father died when I was five. Yet I found myself thinking of him often during the visit of Pope Francis. He once told me: “Those who like you from t(...)

The late French philosopher Paul Ricoeur:  religions  can be “driven and invigorated by the unkept promises of their own histories of foundation”.  Photograph:Juerg Mueller/AP/Keystone/

In the past 20 years, the place of religion in the public sphere has been discussed from multiple angles. On the continent, French, Italian and German(...)

Rev Terence McCaughey (left) pictured in Rathfarnham in 2001 with Prof Kader Asmal, South Africa’s former Minister for Education. Photograph: File photo/The Irish Times

Rev Terence McCaughey (83), a leading member of the Dublin and Munster Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has died. Prominent in acade(...)

Former Roscommon star Karol Mannion courageously spoke out this summer about the serious after-effects of his two experiences of concussion on the GAA playing fields.  ©INPHO/James Crombie

Roscommon’s favourite son Chris O’Dowd has just hit the big screen as the star of a major new film The Program about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong(...)

Nevin Spence down on the farm: tragic death in slurry tank accident. Photo: John Dickson

He was all that we want our sporting heroes to be. Nevin Spence was a talented centre with the Ulster rugby team. At just 22 years of age he was on(...)

“Maradona would not have used ‘the hand of God’ to score perhaps the most infamous goal in World Cup history if he was not born into a culture where Faustian pacts with the devil were an everyday occurrence.” Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

It is that time of year again when GAA fans quiver with excitement as the Championship begins. 2013 witnessed almost unrivalled excitement in h(...)