Paul Dempsey being ordained as the new Bishop of Achonry. Photograph: Catholic Communications Office/Twitter

The former parish priest of Newbridge Co Kildare, Fr Paul Dempsey (49), was ordained as the new Bishop of Achonry in the West of Ireland on Sunday. I(...)

Mary Kennelly, the  principal of  Presentation Secondary School in  Tralee, Co Kerry. ‘I imagine the focus will be how can we do the basics.’ Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

On the website of Presentation Tralee, principal Mary Kennelly has pinned a note for this year’s Leaving Cert students. “Try not to get distracted or(...)

Conner Habib: 'Unpredictability is what makes Ireland feel that things are still run by people, not by algorithm.' Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Outside my house, when the thick black and white street cat harasses the robin at its nest, I try to love them both. The robin – different here than i(...)

Olwyn Donovan from Drimnagh about to kiss The Diceman (Thom McGinty) during her St Valentine’s Day 1992 attempt to set a world record for the number of kisses in eight hours. Photograph: Frank Miller

Thom McGinty is remembered as a theatrical presence on Grafton Street. As a gay icon. As a national treasure. But for me The Diceman was just an obsta(...)

Gay Byrne: as he  passed through the Pearly Gates, he was probably still asking “Why?” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/PA

During my seminary days at the Irish College Rome, which largely coincided with the Second Vatican Council, I had a line to say in one of the plays we(...)

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh promoting  My Legacy and 65 Irish charities to launch a nationwide appeal to the public to leave a legacy gift to charity in their will. Photograph:  Keith Arkins

In the room where Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh is waiting there is a table laden with stuffed sandwiches and pastries and a scattering of fruit. He stands(...)

  Anthony Lynam (80) from Inchicore, Dublin, who completed his Leaving Cert English exams. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anthony Lynam left school as a youngster in 1955 without ever sitting a major exam. Now, at 80 years of age, he has finally set that right – and beco(...)

 Sabina Higgins and artist Pauline Bewick with President Michael D Higgins  at Áras an Uachtaráin where Ms Bewick was presented with the 2019 Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award. Photograph:  Julien Behal

Artist Pauline Bewick has been presented with the Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin with President Michael D (...)

Ross McQuade, left, Richard Henry, Conor Yorke and Padraig Fallon in O’Neill’s

Ten years ago I was a law student at UCD, and the city which had become my second home was about to be snatched away from under my feet. I wasn’t very(...)

Douglas Kennedy: The Great Wide Open takes in the Nixon/Ford/Carter/Reagan years, with walk-on parts from Donald Trump and Brendan Kennelly

Douglas Kennedy chuckles when I say I never expected to read a novel which featured walk-on parts for both Donald Trump and Brendan Kennelly. The Amer(...)

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