As a lecturer, James Mackey’s style was informal, laced with a dry sense of humour.

Born: February 9th, 1934 Died: January 25th, 2020 The death has taken place of James Mackey, eminent professor of theology and author of several sch(...)

Pat Critchley coaching the Scoil Chríost Rí side in the Under-16A Girls’ All-Ireland Schools Cup Final at the  National Basketball Arena in  Tallaght in 2017. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pat Critchley forgets nothing. He has the natural born teacher’s gift for absorbing names and faces and remembering the best of their lessons. Some of(...)

One of the five dormitories at Artane industrial school, 1905

The boy’s name was Joseph Pyke, and the last time John Prior saw him alive the child was being kicked and beaten by a Christian Brother. The Brothers,(...)

Judge Alan Troy and his son Patrick, aged 12 on holiday in Kinsale, Co Cork

Working Abroad Q&A: Alan Troy works as a district judge in Perth, Western Australia  Where did you study? I studied at the Univer(...)

Minister for foreign affairs Brian Lenihan with An Ngoc Dung (2) and Van Quoc Thanh (3) at a party for Vietnamese refugees at Blanchardstown hospital, Co Dublin, in 1979. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Forty years ago today, on Christmas Eve 1979, the front page of The Irish Times carried an unusually cheery photograph of then minister for foreign af(...)

Total cost of the State’s contribution to redress for survivors of residential institutions is likely to be in the region of €1.5bn.

The State has reached a milestone in securing church assets to cover the cost of abuse redress after the Christian Brothers fulfilled its pledge to co(...)

Four new TDs take their seats in the Dáil on Tuesday.

Four new TDs will enter the fold at Leinster House on Tuesday. They were elected during byelections last week. But who are they? Pádraig O(...)

Gay Byrne in 1979: He was everybody and no one. File photograph: Eddie Kelly

In September 1993, I went on Gay Byrne’s Late Late Show. I had been writing in The Irish Times about Stay Safe, a schools programme designed to give c(...)

PhD student Hazel Murray holds a higher level Leaving Certificate maths paper from 1965 and Dr David Malone holds a higher algebra paper from 1910 at Maynooth University. Photograph: Alan Betson

What sort of so-called modern maths exam lacks matrices, calculus and complex numbers? Dr David Malone, a mathematician at Maynooth University, notic(...)

What Gay Byrne’s upbringing produced in him, particularly when younger, was a very strait-laced, uptight man, something he recognised humorously in later life

One of the great ironies about Gay Byrne is that, while so many believe he was the wedge which opened a narrow, insular Ireland to the wider world, he(...)

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