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Writer and comedian Tara Flynn will feature at a Nollaig na mBan event on Monday evening in Epic, the Irish Emigration Museum in the Dublin city centre CHQ building.  Photograph:  Ruth Connolly

Events to celebrate Nollaig na mBan, or women’s Christmas, will take place across the country on Monday. Known also as Little Christmas, Nollaig na m(...)

Former president Mary McAleese says Pope Francis has prompted debate within the church but has not been the ‘great reformer’ many expected. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president Mary McAleese has said she does not believe Pope Francis is the “great reformer” many expected when he became pontiff in 2013. “I th(...)

Micheál Martin, Finian McGrath and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is  likely to decide over Christmas whether to call an election earlier than his initially planned date of May 2020.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Boris Johnson’s decisive victory in the UK general election has reopened the question of when the Irish general election could be held. Brexit has lo(...)

Newly elected Chancellor of the University and former president of Ireland, Prof Mary McAleese (front left) in Trinity on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former president of Ireland Prof Mary McAleese has been inaugurated as the new chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. She succeeds another former pre(...)

Fintan O’Toole; Joan Freeman;  Prof Mary McAleese, Patrick Prendergast,  Prof Terry Hughes,  Mary Harney and  Michael Gazzaniga at the ceremony on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole was conferred with an honorary degree from Trinity College Dublin on Friday. It was the first ceremony conducted(...)

Former president Mary McAleese and Catherine McGuinness, first female appointee to the Circuit Court in 1994. Photograph: James Forde

Women have had to listen to “some shocking sexist piffle” over the generations to justify their exclusion “from everywhere except the kitchen”, former(...)

Chancellor-elect of Trinity College Dublin, former president Prof Mary McAleese, with husband, Chancellor of Dublin City University Dr Martin McAleese, who both attended Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday night. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Former president Mary McAleese has called for the abandonment of old thinking about a united Ireland at an event in Dublin. “We really, really have t(...)

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the official launch of the  national programme to mark  the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland as a state church, in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leader of Anglicans worldwide, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has said he hopes the emergence of conservative Anglican body Global Anglica(...)

‘However inadvertently, by citing Wojtyla in this way to make this point, Dr McAleese attributes to the author the very opposite position to the one that he holds.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

In the 1950s, a young Polish priest was lecturing in ethics at the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL), a university which not long previously had bee(...)

Gay Byrne with his portrait in the National Gallery of Ireland in 2000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Even when he left us, Gay Byrne commanded the airwaves like no other. It was 2.45pm on Monday when Joe Duffy, having noted the time and date in sombre(...)

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