Flowers are seen on a grave at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin for children who died in the  Bethany Home. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Across 49 years, the Protestant-run Bethany Home admitted 1,584 women and 1,376 children. The deaths of five women and 262 children are associated w(...)

Reinhold Niebuhr: warned that “religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values”. Photograph: Bachrach/Getty Images

Anybody following the recent US presidential campaign will know that religious views played a significant role, with lots of attention focused on the (...)

 Sir Thomas Wyse. Photograph: Waterford Museum of Treasures.

On Christmas Eve 1796 a vast French fleet, the Expédition d’Irlande, lay off the Munster coastline awaiting a break in the winter blizzards. Their pla(...)

John Sadleir in 1856. Photograph: Wikimedia

Irish banks and those at their helm, have never been strangers to controversy. The recent tracker mortgage scandal, Anglo Irish loans debacle and even(...)

U Dhammaloka dressed in the traditional attire of a Burmese monk in 1902. Photograph: The Buddhist Society

The first Irish people to set foot in what is now Argentina were two cabin boys from Galway, William and John,  who were brothers but their surna(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin says people need to be wary of a ‘seductive culture’ which plays down the ‘value of each life’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin has expressed horror at what he describes as “traces of racism” among Ireland’s Roman Catholics community. (...)

Just as, from a secular perspective, different cultures can enrich one another, so differing churches can do likewise. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), along with many other bilateral theological dialogues, is a fruit of the Second Vatican (...)

MPs convening for the announcement of voting on the ‘Benn Amendment’ calibrated to prevent the next prime minister from suspending parliament to pursue a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: via EPA

Boris Johnson’s prospects of leaving the European Union without a deal on October 31st narrowed on Thursday after MPs voted to prevent him suspending (...)

“Despite two decades of horrific revelations of systematic cover-up of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic clergy, the Catholic Church remains a central part of Irish life.” File photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, like most of my peers, I had a thoroughly Catholic upbringing. From birth to death the Church was an integral part (...)

The PSNI said on Wednesday it is carrying out inquiries into the 20 second video which is believed to have been filmed in a bar in Belfast. Photograph: iStock

The behaviour of some people singing anti-Catholic songs was totally uncharacteristic of where Northern Ireland football is at the moment, the head of(...)

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