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Welcome to the feast of the Assumption, a dogma of the Catholic Church since 1950. It is a binding teaching on Catholics that Mary, mother of Jesus, w(...)

Browne’s Hill House, Co Carlow: Sits on five acres of grounds that include a large enclosed courtyard with  buildings.

For most people in Carlow, the name Browne’s Hill is synonymous with the mighty dolmen that stands just outside the town. The Browne’s Hill Dolmen, wh(...)

Nazi governor Otto von Wächter with his wife Charlotte, daughter Traute and son Horst at Zell-am-See train station, Salzburg, Austria, in 1944. Photograph: courtesy of Horst Wächter

Philippe Sands may have met more war criminals than anyone else in the world. “I’ve sat with mass murderers who are totally regular decent folk when y(...)

Margaret Burke Sheridan and director Vincenzo Bellezza in London by Erich Salomon in 1938. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

“Miss Sheridan is Irish. But either by instinct or by luck, she sings like an Italian.” This, from a Milan Review of Margaret Burke Sheridan’s 1919 de(...)

Former Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady  turns 80 today. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ireland would have no vote if there was a papal election tomorrow as the Catholic Church’s only Irish-based cardinal, former primate Cardinal Seán Bra(...)

Cork’s Crawford Gallery recently removed fig leaves from statues of Apollo and Adonis. Photograph: Crawford Gallery

In the brilliantly titled Fig Reveal, Cork’s Crawford Gallery recently supervised the removal of fig leaves from its Canova casts. The statues – of Ap(...)

Garda Majella Moynihan in 1998: As senior gardaí interrogated her, she was subjected to a lay version of a Catholic marriage tribunal. Photograph: RTÉ

In September 1922, in the midst of the Civil War, Eoin O’Duffy was appointed commissioner of the new Civic Guard, shortly to be renamed An Garda Síoch(...)

Powerscourt House will be a topic in the forthcoming conference at Maynooth University

“How American plutocratic agents scoured Irish country houses like vultures around decaying carcasses in the 1920s” and “How important Irish art colle(...)

The stigmata, corresponding to Christ’s crucifixion wounds, first appeared on Padre Pio  100 years ago in September 1918 and lasted until the end of his life. They didn’t deteriorate, nor did they heal and the blood was said to smell of perfume. Photograph:  Massimo Sambucetti

Padre Pio, priest, stigmatist, mystic and one of the world’s most popular saints, will be dead 50 years on Sunday, September 23rd. He has inspired ext(...)

In a word ... Pope

The papacy has been described as one of the most enduring and influential of all human institutions. In his 2009 book, Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: (...)

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