In 1955, a Soviet delegation sent a cheque to the New York apartment of a 90-year-old Irish author, translator and composer. At the time, the Soviet U(...)

  James Joyce. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

Before the film Groundhog Day immortalised the role of that – exclusively North American – animal as a harbinger of spring, the job used to belong to (...)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said no young person should be turned away from a Catholic school based on the results of an entrance exam. Photograph: PA

No young person should be turned away from a Catholic school based on the results of an entrance exam, the Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin ha(...)

“Less is more” is certainly a term that can be applied to the writing of local history and very often what happens at the grassroots can shine a light(...)

Cousins Emma (13) and Jordan (12) Pim at the Quaker memorial in Wyse Park, Waterford city, a former Quaker burial ground. Photograph: Patrick Browne

The contribution of the Quakers to life in Waterford is to be remembered this weekend with the unveiling of a memorial at the site of the first Quaker(...)

“In addition to protecting the rights of citizens between themselves, the right of access to the courts is a vital protection of the public interest when a member of society aims to restrain or challenge the powers of the State or the might of big business – both of which have deep pockets.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In its latest assessment of Ireland’s bailout programme, the EU-IMF troika has again called for reform of the legal system and a reduction in legal co(...)