Paul McAuliffe in July 2019, when he was lord mayor of Dublin – and a governor of the National Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan

Besides being former lord mayors of Dublin, what do former taoiseach Bertie Ahern, former Green Party leader John Gormley, Seán D Dublin Bay Rockall L(...)

A friend and myself were at a social event recently, one of the first since coronavirus arrived on these shores. There were casual drinks afterwards f(...)

Many of the larger churches opened in Dublin during the long episcopacy of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid, from 1940 to 1971, may be knocked down.

The symbolism, though hardly intended, is inescapable. Many of the larger churches opened in Dublin during the long episcopacy of Archbishop John Ch(...)

Fintan O’Toole (centre) as a boy

'There has been no straight flight path from the poor and benighted Ireland of the 1950s to... shiny modernity': Fintan O'Toole looks at the story&(...)

‘Since my own story became public I have heard from many other church members about harrowing tales of church mistreatment of gay people,’ says Steven Smyrl

The mother of the late RTÉ broadcaster Marian Finucane was a devout Roman Catholic, a daily Mass goer, who never questioned church authority until she(...)

 Jane Russell (right) with  Irish-born infant  Thomas Kavanagh at New York airport. The boy was taken to Russell by his mother, who pleaded with the Hollywood star  to take him to the US. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images.

Publicity surrounding the Hollywood actor Jane Russell and her adoption of an Irish baby angered the then government because it portrayed Ireland as ‘(...)

Historically, proponents of vaccinations have always faced obstacles born of contemporary pressures and prejudices. Photograph: Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty   Images

In his mammoth medical history of humanity, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, published in 1997, Roy Porter noted of the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 (...)

A sprinkle of positives results from Monday morning tests at Munster HQ in the University of Limerick could derail this weekend’s interpros. File photograph: Inpho

All eyes on Munster tests Rugby being cancelled in New Zealand just as it returns to Ireland is a sure sign that we will be feeling around in the dar(...)

Gardening Together with Diarmuid Gavin: The host  shows us some gardening tricks that involve, as far as I can tell, imprisoning hydrangeas using coat hangers. Photograph: RTÉ

RTÉ One’s serialised remake of John B Keane’s The Field began last Friday under the title Gardening Together. It features Diarmuid “the Bull” Gavin, a(...)

Picture Post: workers harvesting flax in Co Down in 1948. Photograph: Merlyn Severn//Hulton/Getty

The British magazine was extremely popular with readers but not with the Irish censor. Its portraits of ireland are timeless, however In his mem(...)

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