Tomas O Fiaich

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A file image showing the coffin of Aidan McAnespie being carried through the British army checkpoint  where he was shot dead.  Photograph: Pacemaker

A former British army soldier is to be prosecuted for the February 1988 killing of Co Tyrone man Aidan McAnespie. Northern Ireland’s Public Prosectio(...)

Fr Alex Reid gives last rites to one of the two soldiers murdered. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Thirty years ago, I rang Ian Paisley on a Sunday. That afternoon, everything seemed bleak and hopeless – following dreadful days that had seen the Gib(...)

Terence McKeever: the electrical contractor had been married for 11 weeks, and hadn’t yet been on his honeymoon

“They called us collaborators,” Karen McKeever says, recalling how her Ballsbridge-based businessman brother, Terence, was abducted at the Border and (...)

 Iggy Clarke with a hurley from his playing days at his home in Oranmore. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The moment has long been canonised: the fierce musicality of Joe Connolly’s Connemara-Irish, the beseeching lilt of Joe McDonagh’s rendition of The We(...)

Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich: in Australia on “private visit” during pope’s trip. Photograph: PA Wire

The late Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich managed to “insinuate himself” into a visit by Pope John Paul II to Australia, even though he was not invited, a lett(...)

Anti-divorce campaigner Úna Bean Mhic Mhathúna. Photograph: Frank Miller

Marriage as a life-long union would become “legally obsolete” if divorce was introduced, the Catholic bishops told taoiseach Garret FitzGerald two we(...)

Denis Bergin on graduation day in 1966 with his parents Richard and Mary.

On a recent Sunday, some 40 elderly men gathered to mark 50 years since graduation. The Maynooth Class of 1966. Back in September 1963, dressed in uni(...)

Fr Edward Daly runs down the street in Belfast with an injured man on Bloody Sunday, January 30th, 1972.

Bishop Edward Daly did not enjoy being a bishop, a position he held in Derry diocese from 1974 for 20 years. “The multiplicity of meetings was a huge (...)

The late DUP leader  Ian Paisley: said he had urged SDLP leader John Hume to start talking with other political leaders. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The late Democratic Unionist Party leader Rev Ian Paisley was rebuked by Northern Ireland secretary of state Douglas Hurd in 1984 after Dr Paisley ha(...)

‘Another matter not discussed in this campaign to date is a theological body of opinion which believes Jesus knowingly acknowledged and blessed a same-sex union.’  Photograph: Getty Images

It seems clear that if young people vote in Friday’s same-sex referendum it will be passed. Even if they don’t vote in sufficient numbers, such is the(...)

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