King Herod

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I spent Christmas in a sweltering Perth, more than 30 years ago, during a 12-month tour of Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

The only Christmas I have ever spent abroad was in a sweltering Perth, more than 30 years ago, during a 12-month tour of Australia. At least it was su(...)

We admired the steadfast courage of Mary and Joseph, and we were appalled, though maybe a little thrilled too, by the despicable Herod, a killer of children. Photograph: iStock

The street I grew up on in Dublin in the 1960s was one of small terraced homes where most families included a clatter of children. On dark evenings du(...)

The Luke Kelly statue by Dublin artist Vera Klute is lowered into place on Sherrif Street in Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Kelly

You wait years for a Luke Kelly statue, and then two of them come along at once. Tomorrow, the city unveils two separate sculptures, on either side of(...)

True and indeed divine hospitality is about welcoming adult children as they are. Photograph: iStock

Last year I penned a seasonal message for my diocese and beyond, entitled The Empty Chair. It seems to have struck a chord with many people; particula(...)

Then Minister for Health Charles Haughey with ‘Irish Times’ columnist John Healy, right, in November 1978 at the launch of ‘Nineteen Acres’, Healy’s new book, published by Kenny’s of Galway. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Watching the Claire Byrne Live debate on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment this week, it was hard not to despair of the possibility of a civil public(...)

A complaint alleging that a Catholic priest was harassed by RTÉ presenter Joe Duffy during a discussion on why people might liken the Taoiseach to King Herod has been upheld by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A complaint alleging that a Catholic priest was harassed by RTÉ presenter Joe Duffy during a discussion on why people might liken the Taoiseach to (...)