The Garda branch of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association travelled with their families to Rome in September 1956, where they were granted an audience with Pope Pius XII. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Garda pilgrimage to Rome left a trail of angry hoteliers and bus operators in its wake after the Italians were not paid for their services, State pa(...)

Eunice Baily (left) and Clare Brazil have been exchanging the same Christmas by the post  since 1956. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Eunice Baily was 16 in 1956 when she first gave a Christmas card to her school friend Clare Brazil. More than six decades later, that very same Christ(...)

Ronnie Delany of Ireland wins the 1,500 metres at the Melbourne Olympic Games of 1956. File photograph: IOC/Allsport/Getty

Ronnie Delany regards the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, during which he won a gold medal and set a new Olympic record, as a turning point for athletics.(...)

Builder Gary Martin, Francis Doherty of Peter McVerry Trust, David Carroll of Ravenswood, director of fund raising Anne Marie Conway, and trust chief executive Pat Doyle at the three buildings on Sherrard Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Three large Victorian buildings in Dublin’s north inner city, which have housed the Pioneer Association, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and t(...)

Irish societies in Africa are among the oldest in the world. Membership peaked in the post-independence era.

When we arrived in Zambia in 2008, the Wild Geese Society of Lusaka welcomed my husband and I with a ferocity that denied us any opportunity for lonel(...)

Souvenir stamps for the World Meeting of Families gathering

Strong interest from stamp collectors and others is expected in two stamps issued to mark the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland in August for the World(...)

“The Irish Times” reported on Saturday that the Government was moving to lift the  ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The ban on Good Friday alcohol sales should continue, the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association (PTAA) and the Iona Institute have said. “If we are s(...)