Patrick Freyne: ‘I was designated fourth toughest in fifth class in my local national school’

Fintan O'Toole The Head Brother was a fierce and imposing man. He patrolled the corridors, fixing miscreants in his baleful glare, keeping at bay the(...)

The Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Cork. Photograph: Provision

Conditions at the Bessborough Mother and Baby home in Cork led to a clash between church and State when the former bishop of Cork said the State was s(...)

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The latest moronic buzzword that threatens to escape from the world of marketing into English – unless we all agree to gang together now and strangle (...)

Jane Brennan: ‘I feel him here in a very benign way. He is still around’

‘I’m surrounded by Tom here,” says Jane Brennan. “His presence is everywhere. It’s very strong.” We’re sitting in their sitting room in Rathgar. The p(...)

‘Who knows the name of the mountain the Von Trapps walked over to get to Switzerland at the end of the film?” My cousin rockets out of the seat(...)