Rose McGowan, incoming president, St Vincent de Paul. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Poverty isn’t always about money. Poverty is also about loneliness and lack of connection,” says Rose McGowan, incoming president of the Society of S(...)

 Albert Gubay was born in Wales of an Iraqi-Jewish father and a devout Catholic mother from Co Clare. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation has donated €500,000 to help six Catholic charities in the Republic with their work through the Covid-19 pandem(...)

President Michael D Higgins lauded the Society of St Vincent de Paul’s ‘exceptional network of solidarity’ with poorer people at its anniversary event in the Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has praised the work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul which he described as an “exceptional network of solidarity” wit(...)

Jess Kenny, homeless liaison nurse at the Mater Hospital,  with service user Jim Cleary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Jim Cleary says the appointment in January of homeless liaison nurse Jess Kenny at the Mater Hospital in Dublin “changed” his life. Originally from W(...)

Photograph: Eoin Rafferty

Nuala O’Connor (aka Nuala Ní Chonchúir) is a writer and poet who has published 14 books, most recently her fourth novel, Becoming Belle. Raised in Pal(...)

Emma O’Brien at Spanish Point beach near her home in Milltown Malbay, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

In an interview 10 years ago, Mary Hanafin, then Fianna Fáil minister for social affairs, announced what would be seen as the start of a departmental (...)

Volunteers Deborah Rodden, Christine Murphy, Sandra Taylor, Emer Curran and Damien Fagan at the food bank in Boyle. Photograph: Brian Farrell

November is Food Month in The Irish Times. You will find food-related content in all of our sections, plus reader events, competitions and l(...)

Sorcha has gone away for the weekend to a Himalayan Spa Retreat in a hotel on the R280 just as you’re coming into Drumshanbo. She’s having something d(...)

Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

In 1994, a young Dublin photographer hopped on his bike and headed for Tallaght in search of a story. Marc O’Sullivan was working for The Big Issue ma(...)

“I find myself dreading the Christmas festivities rather than looking forward to them this year.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Problem: I find myself really stressed coming into Christmas this year. 2016 was a difficult year for my business – we are hit hard by Brexit and it (...)

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