Paddy Moloney

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July 1921: Catholic Dubliners recite the Angelus for peace in Ireland. Photograph: Walshe/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

The year 1921 saw at least 1,385 deaths arising from Irish political violence, making it by far the most violent phase of the Irish revolution since 1(...)

The Chieftains in 1971.

Claddagh Records has agreed to license a back catalogue that includes the Chieftains and Sean Ó Riada to music giant Universal. Founded by friends Ga(...)

Guinness heir: Garech Browne at his Luggala estate home in 2018. Photograph: RTÉ

Who – or what – was Garech Browne? It’s hard for the people who knew him to reach a consensus, although Last Days at Luggala (RTÉ One, Wednesday, 9.35(...)

Iconic: the revolving door of the Shelbourne hotel, on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Flemming

Who knew that fancy hotels could be among the riskiest places in Dublin? Compensation culture has claimed its latest victim, and the city’s purists ar(...)

Catherine (Cady) Coleman with fans at Dublin’s IMAX theatre on Thursday. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

As a space-mad child, Catherine (Cady) Coleman missed the moon landings in 1969. She was eight going on nine and staying at her grandparents house in (...)

Pope Francis waves before his Angelus prayer after a Mass for Italian youths at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The pope is coming. So, what exactly is happening? The World Meeting of Families festival kicks off in the RDS and around the country on Tuesday, Aug(...)

Victoria Lloyd, Bob Geldof, Lord Gowrie, seated, and Thomas Kinsella at the gathering in Luggala for Garech Browne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In a simple ceremony on the edge of Lough Tay, the ashes of Garech Browne, art collector, patron of the arts, and a Guinness heir, were poured into it(...)

Pope Francis  was born in December 1936 in Argentina. File photograph: Luca Zennaro/Reuters

Pope Francis is expected to draw significantly smaller crowds than the last papal trip to Ireland by John Paul II nearly 40 years ago. Ireland has cha(...)

Pope France will sit among the people on a platform “about 2ft high”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As many as 2,000 performers, including a 1,000-strong choir, are to take part in the two-hour Festival of Families at Croke Park in Dublin on August 2(...)

Garech Browne and Anthony Palliser at Luggala, Co Wicklow.

The first time I visited Anthony Palliser’s Paris home, back in 2007, I found the poets Derek Mahon and John Montague in the Anglo-Belgian painter’s s(...)

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