‘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(...)

Then Irish Times editor RM Smyllie  got his revenge on the Irish government censors by rearranging the front page of the newspaper to make a V for victory sign.

At 1.25pm on May 7th, 1945 Germany surrendered to the Allies in the town of Rheims in France, the headquarters of Allied supreme commander Dwight D Ei(...)

Siobhán McKenna in 1967, the year she appeared in Brian Friel’s play The Loves of Cass Maguire. Photograph: Dermot Barry

A flood of filth was poured across the stage of the Abbey Theatre in September 1967. To merit that charge, things must have been bad, since even Irela(...)

The Church of the Annunciation on Cappagh Road, Finglas. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The demolition of one of Dublin’s biggest Catholic churches, and its replacement with a new place of worship only a tenth of the size, has been approv(...)

Cardinal Tomás Ó’Fíaich. Photograph: PA Wire

A viciously brilliant lampoon by the infamous Cummings from The Sunday Express of May 31st, 1981, which adorns the cover of this riveting and seminal (...)

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