Miss Brown alongside her family’s belongings in Meelin, Co Cork. She was forced out of her home by crown forces in revenge for an IRA ambush a few days before. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

The Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) represents a fascinating example of a guerrilla war which blurred the boundaries between “home front” and “b(...)

Fearful: Kathleen McDonnell, at the ruins of Teampail na Naoi Naomh, on Loop Head. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Within eight months of his election, on March 13th last year, Time magazine declared Pope Francis its person of the year. An American gay magazine,(...)

Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly announced he was delaying introduction of the diaconate following strong protests. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

An estimated 200 people, mainly women but including clergy, attended a meeting at the Clare Inn in Dromoland Co Clare last night at what was intended (...)

Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly:  has decided to “not now proceed with the introduction of the permanent diaconate at this time in the diocese”.   Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholic Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly has delayed the introduction of a male-only permanent diaconate following strong protests. In a pastoral (...)

Kathleen McDonnell, Maria Dollard, Martina Ozonyia and Toddy Hogan at the Equality and Diversity Early Childhood National Network/Stay Strong conference in the Clarion Hotel, North Wall Quay. Photograph: Alan Betson

Everybody knows one little girl in the pre-school class is a Traveller but nobody talks about it. However, when one of her classmates is having a birt(...)