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Painter James Morton who is 100 years old today.

James Morton was born 100 years ago on May 20th, 1919, 25 days before Capt John Alcock and Lieut Arthur Brown completed the first non-stop transatlant(...)

Pope Francis is photographed  during a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Irish Catholic priests have described as “a major disappointment” comments by Pope Francis indicating the church has no current plans to ordain women (...)

Pope Francis is welcomed by children wearing traditional costumes upon his arrival at Sofia airport, Bulgaria. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Pope Francis urged Bulgarians on Sunday to help migrants and refugees, as he arrived in a country that has been accused of mistreating people seeking (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times.

The most influential Catholic prelate in Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is 15 years Archbishop of Dublin this month. He is 20 years a bishop and w(...)

The Dublin band The Blades, fronted by Paul Cleary, onstage in 1985. Photograph: Terry Thorp

What does a nation in crisis sound like? It’s a pertinent question for our uncertain times, which has of late been occupying Bob Stanley. For Stanley,(...)

Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

On Sunday, Pope Francis called for the eradication of child sex abuse “from the face of the earth”, saying “behind this there is Satan.” Yet concrete measures he called for to combat it have amounted to relatively little. Photograph:  Handout/AFP/Getty Images

It was that other Pope, 18th century English poet Alexander Pope, who said: “words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit of sense be(...)

  Pope Francis waves as he arrives for the second day of a global child protection summit   on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/AFP/Getty Images

A leading US cardinal has called for new independent ways of reporting bishops who cover up the abuse of children by priests or who may themselves be (...)

Limerick Racecourse closed to punters in 1999 after 130 years

The former Limerick racecourse is for sale at €12 million through joint agents Savills and Cushman & Wakefield. Located about 1.5km from the city(...)

A photograph of murdered Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz against candles left by mourners on January 17th. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Like a caged animal, Piotr Adamowicz paces the floor. We’re in a windowless room in Gdansk city hall where, for 20 years until last month, his younger(...)

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