Irish soldiers board a plane to leave Baldonnell airport for Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping mission on July 28th, 1960

Medals for gallantry for nine Irish soldiers killed in the Niemba ambush 60 years ago were not awarded because it might look like a “hand-out”. This (...)

Rena Dardis (left) with her friend Peggy Blunden. A keen sportswoman, Rena played tennis at Brookfield Tennis Club.
Obituary: Rena Dardis
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  • February 18, 2017, 06:05

Publisher Katherina “Rena” Dardis was a founder member of Anvil Press and The Children’s Press. She was born in Kilkenny in January 1924 and as an i(...)

Writer Holly Bourne explores contemporary feminism and other tricky issues

Think of picture books and we often imagine cosy bedtime reads about teddy bears and picnics, forgetting that many of the titles out there explore gri(...)

Léan, almost four years old, with her grandmother Eilís Dillon (right) and her aunt Máire, in 1978

This week I’m remembering my grandmother Eilís Dillon, who died 20 years ago, on July 19th. An author of novels, plays and essays, she is best know(...)