“When all fruits fail, welcome haws.” Photograph: Getty Images

On the way to the shop this morning, to buy the newspaper, I was stopped briefly by a man in cap. I knew him to see: we have passed each other wordles(...)

In the Seanad in 1974, Mary Robinson tackled the personal and legal limbo of children born out of wedlock

More than four decades – shamefully – now separate us from the initial, courageous effort made by Mary Robinson and others to spotlight and remedy the(...)

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh receiving Parnell’s walking stick from Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill in 2017. For decades, it has been proudly passed from one generation of Irish writers to the next. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A walking stick cut by Charles Stewart Parnell some 130 years ago is now used as a literary baton. For decades, it has been proudly passed from one ge(...)

Ulster unionist leader Brian Faulkner with taoiseach Liam Cosgrove during tripartite talks on the future of Ireland at Sunningdale,  December 6th, 1973. Photograph:  Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A secret legal committee set up by the 1973 coalition government produced draft amendments to remove the State’s territorial claims to the island of I(...)

As a writer, Julia O’Faolain, who lived most of her adult live abroad, was not particularly well-known in Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Julia O’Faolain, writer, born June 6th, 1932, died October 27th, 2020 The London-born Irish writer Julia O’Faolain has died following a long illness.(...)

A view of Tigh na Cille. Photograph: Aidan Fitzgerald

The ruin of the west Kerry former cliffside home where writer Máire Mhac an tSaoi spent many summers has been attracting overseas attention since it w(...)

Dr Mary Harney: The unveiling of newly commissioned portraits in  Trinity are  part of the Hist250 anniversary celebrations. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A series of portraits celebrating some of the most prominent members of Trinity College Dublin’s College Historical Society, known as the “Hist”, were(...)

Michael D was a leading light in the Lit & Deb Society at UCG (President of Ireland website)

Michael D Higgins President of Ireland Finalist for 1966 individual award I have clear recollections of a wonderful debating year when Michael Farrell(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. ‘Rather than unionism losing a constitutional argument and fading away, the DUP might foresee itself as leading a permanent ethnic minority bloc.’ Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

There were audible groans from the studio audience last Friday night when Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy announced the following week’s guest would (...)

Sixth year students at Muckross Park College on their last day of school alongside nuns: The convent is irreplaceable. Photograph: Carl O’Brien

In an increasingly secular Ireland, the closure of a convent might be viewed as being of no particular import. Yet for the thousands of people who hav(...)

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