Noel Browne

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The proposed new national maternity hospital is to be co-located with St Vincent’s hospital in south Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There is something Gothic about the story of the new national maternity hospital. It is populated by the undead. Habits of mind that should be long ex(...)

Contra mundum: The Irish Times’s editorial of April 12th, 1951, on Noel Browne and the Mother and Child scheme

Seventy years ago today, on April 12th, 1951, The Irish Times published what is probably its most famous editorial. It was a response to the resignati(...)

Tom Barry: an unexpected initiative

Eunan O’Halpin and Daithí Ó Corráin’s magisterial study of the casualties of the struggle for Irish independence, The Dead of the Irish Revolution, wi(...)

Mary Morrissey (probably being discharged from Newcastle Sanatorium) with nurses

As we hunkered down into our own family isolation and the obligatory “sorting out”, an old diary and cassette tape prompted thoughts about another (...)

All three All-Ireland finals in 1956 were delayed due to a polio outbreak in Cork.

This month 70 years ago, the world of Gaelic games was shocked to learn that PJ Duke had died at the age of 25. An established member of the Cavan foo(...)

They say that every cloud has a silver lining. It is a phrase beloved of incorrigible optimists, your classic glass-half-full types who find something(...)

 Robert Ballagh in his studio in  Arbour Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

At 77, Robert Ballagh, one of Ireland’s most successful and controversial artists is still painting away at his studio on Arbour Hill in Stoneybatter.(...)

 John Lennon: preferred “get” to “git”. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Long-time reader Damien Maguire has emailed with a raised eyebrow about my suggestion that the Hiberno-English “get” – as used by a political opponent(...)

Today is a peculiar day in our house. Our mother is 91. Our father is dead 20 years. Yes, he died on Mam’s birthday, August 24th, 1999. Typical of our(...)

John Wayne drags poor Maureen O’Hara across the windy turf like a cave man

Ask your dad about the mini-scandal that gathered around a TV series called The Spike in 1978. At this point Ireland was — to employ a term favoured(...)

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