Nano Nagle

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Rhetorical rivals Edmund Burke and Mary Wollstonecraft. Photographs: Getty Images

The 18th-century author and statesman Edmund Burke was never going to end up featured on posters in student bedsits or invoked by trendy opinionators.(...)

Sister India is a new film documenting the life of Sr Loreto, one of the last Irish nuns of 131 in Chennai in India.

In 2003 I left Ireland for Chennai in India, to live in Perambur among the Anglo-Indian community and volunteer as a teacher at The Little Lambs Schoo(...)

Pope Francis after this week’s general audience in St Peter’s Square:  in 2013 he declared the founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle, “venerable”. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ETA

The Presentation Sisters are among the first Catholic institutions in the world to announce their divestment from fossil fuels. They are involved in(...)

Marie Antoinette by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1778). Kunshistorisches Museum, Vienna

That ill-fated queen of France, Marie Antoinette, never set a dainty foot in Ireland, so far as I know. Indeed, according to the besotted Edmund Burke(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan visits ‘The Irish Times’ helpdesk in the paper’s offices on Tara Street in Dublin. Pictured with her are career guidance counsellors Brian Mooney, Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan says she will give “every assistance” to an asylum seeker who is trying to secure a place in college (...)

46 Grand Parade: the four-storey vacant building extends to 1,226sq m

A substantial period building overlooking the river Lee at the southern end of Grand Parade in Cork is to be offered for sale at around €950,000. Lis(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. Her department said she “will continue her predecessor’s efforts to impress on congregations the need to increase their contributions to achieve that [50:50]target.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has insisted she is “fully committed” to pursuing religious congregations for half of the €1.45 billion bill for(...)

Dromana House on the banks of the Blackwater in Waterford. Photographs: Bill Flynn

To wander into the kitchen at Dromana House is to understand immediately why one family has remained here for more than 800 years. The annivers(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady, who launched the   Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults, an adaptation of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults was launched by Cardinal Seán Brady at Maynooth yesterday. Designed to complement the Catechism of the Catho(...)

The South Presentation convent in Cork

In 1771, Nano Nagle invited the Ursuline Sisters in Paris to Cork to help run her schools in the city. She could never have imagined that as a consequ(...)

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