In general the Tusla audit found that the congregations had made substantial improvements in adhering to and implementing child abuse management guidelines.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Sixteen out of 135 Catholic congregations in Ireland had “unsatisfactory” child protection procedures in place to the end of 2015, according to an aud(...)

Tony Hanlon has been head gardener at Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare,  for more than 30 years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times
30 years a-growing in Kildare

Tony Hanlon, the head gardener for more than 30 years at Killashee Hotel in Kildare is a quiet, stocky figure with compassionate eyes and sh(...)

Sr Christopher was born in 1920 and hailed from the town of Boyle

Long ago “small ads” were very evident in all local newspapers, after all, there was no Facebook or any of the other ways of getting information, so m(...)

The site of the former Our Lady’s Bower Convent and Boarding School in Athlone

A 4,645sq m (50,000sq ft) convent and boarding school on a seven-acre site within Athlone town centre is to be offered for sale for a €650,000 followi(...)