The encyclical provoked a ferocious reaction among millions of practising Catholics.

Fifty years ago this week, former government minister Mary O’Rourke was a teacher in Athlone while studying for a H Dip in Maynooth as Pope Paul VI pu(...)

For Courtney Lewis, above, Haydn is a bedrock of the repertoire. Photograph: Travis Anderson

Haydn has not been having a good time with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. A work as popular as his Clock Symphony has been neglected for more t(...)

Neil Middleton: publisher and left-wing activist

Neil Middleton, who has died aged 83, was an influential publisher, writer and Catholic thinker who made a significant contribution to religious and p(...)

Harri Pritchard Jones, who has died aged 81, was a Welsh writer, doctor and activist who acted as a powerful link between Irish and Welsh culture for (...)

Proinsias Ó Conluain’s contribution to Irish broadcasting has been described as “immense”.

The broadcaster and writer Proinsias Ó Conluain, who has died aged 93, played a major role in preserving and promoting the Irish language and heritage(...)