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Floral tributes  at the scene of the fire at a halting site in  Carrickmines, Co Dublin in which 10 members of two Traveller families died. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are few more unique experiences to be had in Ireland than a visit to the annual Ballinasloe Horse Fair. It is well known as one of the oldest ho(...)

The remains of Cardinal Desmond Connell are received at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish ecumenical history was made on Thursday night when the remains of Cardinal Desmond Connell were received at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, by (...)

David Waddell (left), husband of the late Mary Raftery and chairman of the Mary Raferty Journalism Fund, with Kevin O’Sullivan, editor of The Irish Times. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

A bursary and traineeship in investigative journalism has been set up by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund in collaboration with The Irish Times. The (...)

Joan Ross  President of the Claddagh Association, Perth, Australia When police in Perth contacted the local Irish club after finding a dead ho(...)

A feature of the clerical child abuse scandals that emerged in Ireland over recent decades has been the central role women played in bringing them to (...)

Colm Toibin: ‘I was editor of Magill at 27. I wrote my first novel as a way of keeping the daily business of Garret Fitzgerald and Charlie Haughey and all those stories at bay.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

Colm Tóibín is not just famous; he has a public persona. The red-framed spectacles that hang round the writer’s neck are not quite so well known as(...)

File photograph of the late Christine Buckley,  co-founder of the Aislinn centre for survivors of institutional abuse. The organisation held a pampering day to mark to sixth anniversary of the publication of the Ryan report. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The sixth anniversary of the publication of the Ryan report has been marked by “a pampering day” at Dublin’s Aislinn centre. Founded by the late Chris(...)

  Christine Buckley giving her response to the publication of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report in 2009. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

Christine Buckley, who died on March 11th last, came from obscure origins.She was, in the harsh language of the day, illegitimate, half caste and aban(...)

The Sacred Heart Home opened in Bessborough, Co Cork, in 1922, managed by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary.  Cormac O’Tuama,  looks at teddies and flowers placed outside the gates of Bessborough during a memorial service on Sunday. Photograph: Provision

Until recent decades, the landscape was dotted with institutions where unmarried women were consigned to give birth in conditions of shame, secrecy an(...)

Pauline Hutton, Emma O’Kane, Eleanor Methven, Bernadette Brown and Amy Molloy, the cast of Prime Cut’s Chilean Trilogy

In a country emerging from years of conflict and political unrest, a fledgling peace and reconciliation process has started asking awkward question(...)

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