SDLP leader John Hume pictured in January 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The national and international standing of Nobel Laureate John Hume has been reflected in the flood of tributes paid to him for his work in achieving (...)

Journalist Ursula Halligan spoke before the performance of the  ‘Rainbow Choir’, made up of LGBTI singers who gathered outside the World Meeting of Families at the RDS on Thursday, to sing in protest at the exclusion of LGBTI people and their families from the event. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Former TV3 political correspondent Ursula Halligan has called on the Catholic Church to ditch its language about gay people being “intrinsically disor(...)

At William Partridge’s graveside: Trade unionist Des Geraghty (left) said  Partridge, who died in 1917,  “exposed the atrocious living conditions of workers and their families in the whole of Dublin during his lifetime”. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Trade unionist Des Geraghty has recalled how a Dublin Corporation study in 1903 established that “virtually 60 per cent of Dublin families, with an av(...)

 King Hanvery VIII’s determination to marry Anne Boleyn and the Pope’s refusal to endorse the divorce which would have made it possible was more the occasion than the cause of the historic schism. Photograph: iStock

According to Cardinal Reginald Pole the English Reformation was result of Henry VIII’s “fleshy will” and “carnal concupiscence”. It is easy to under(...)

Healing power: Meadowsweet, or Filipendula ulmaria, contains salycilic acid – known for its ability to relieve aches and pains

September brings the riches of the Irish countryside to life. Growing up in Mayo, this was one of my favourite times of year to explore the boreens ar(...)

75-78 St Stephen’s Green: bought by Charles Stuart Parnell in 1867. Photograph: Eric Luke

75-78 St Stephen’s Green In 1867 Charles Stuart Parnell bought four houses – 75-78 – on the southern side of St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, from S(...)

British soldiers help the injured at the Thiepval British Army Headquarters, Lisburn, following two bomb explosions in 1996. Photograph: Reuters

Jennifer McNern was 21 when she went with her sister, Rosaleen into Belfast for an afternoon’s shopping in March 1972, finishing with coffee in the Ab(...)

Christy Moore will be taking part in the event protesting against the Government’s plans to sell the harvesting rights of public forests.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A walk in the woods is to take place in Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow on Sunday to protest against the Government’s plans to sell (...)