Perfect Pancakes this Shrove Tuesday

Ingredients • 100g plain flour • 2 eggs • 300ml semi-skimmed milk • Sunflower Oil • Pinch of salt In a large mixing bowl put 100g plain flour and a pinch of...

Castle and 500 acres has endless possibilites!

Fancy yourself living like Sir Winston Churchill did in this Midlands castle in the rolling countryside? Well if you have €5M it could be...

Michael Darragh MacAuley: A Concerned Citizen

By John Scally Dublin star Michael Darragh MacAuley follows the advice of Oscar Wilde: “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” The 2013 Footballer of the...

Female Politicians

By Aileen Atcheson Charles Stewart Parnell was President of the Land League and Home Rule MP during the 1870s and 1880s. Fanny and Anna were...

The Rocky Road to Somewhere

By Peter P Dobbing For far too many years, relationships across the Irish Sea were a trifle fraught as they say, not necessarily between the...

Lessons I Happily Learned at Primary School

By Tom Ryan Were my schooldays the happiest days of my life? Maybe not all of them but I do have many pleasant memories of...

A man who touched and transformed the lives of so many people

By John Fitzgerald In January 2019, north Kilkenny said goodbye to a very special man: The great Larry Cummins, whose mission in life had been...

Nun who Founded Addiction & Rehabilitation Centres is Honoured with Oireachtas Award

By Sean Ryan A Mercy nun who founded vital addiction and rehabilitation centres, that still treat thousands of people for over half a century, has...

Niall Tóibín: The Man of Many Accents

By Brian McCabe Lovers of drama and comedy in Ireland will have noted, with sadness, the passing of that much loved actor Niall Tóibín. Tóibín was...

A journey through a miner’s life

The crunch of the ground beneath the feet, the dripping of water overhead, the intensity of the darkness in areas without lighting, the sheer...

Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty: The Vatican Pimpernel

By Margaret Kelleher Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty must surely be one of the most inspiring figures of World War II. From his privileged position in the...

The Irish Wolf

By Pauline Murphy Wolves roamed freely around Ireland for many centuries but today the only wolves to be seen here are the ones safely confined...

Gay Byrne – The King of Irish Broadcasting

By John Fitzgerald His passing in November was likened by some media commentators to the death of a king. And the outpouring of tributes to Gay...

Busting the myths about red hair

By Martin Gleeson Two percent Irish people may be surprised that only 1 to 2% of the world’s population has red hair. That makes it the...

The quality of Mercy

By John Scally The former governor of Mountjoy Jail John Lonergan has become one of Ireland’s best known social commentators. The Tipperary native retains a...

Annie Moore: A Journey of Faith and Courage

By Peter P Dobbing Life was never easy for the mostly agricultural peoples of Ireland and then in the nineteenth century came the potato famine...

Thom Moore leaves the stage on St Patrick’s Day

By Noel Coogan An outstanding contributor to Irish folk music was lost on St. Patrick’s Day, 2018 with the passing, following a long illness, of...

An Seanchas Cois Tine Fadó

le Séamas Reddiough Sna sean laethanta, is iomai oiche a chaithfheadh na daoine cois tine sa teaglach ag caint agus ag seanchas ar feadh an...

The Dublin Franciscan in Cuba

By John Scally The Irish Church has always sent priests and nuns to work as missionaries abroad. A Dublin Franciscan priest is about to begin...

The Festival of Bealtaine in Ancient Ireland

Beltane or May Eve marked the real beginning of summer, a time when the flowers started to bloom and the meadows became more colourful.

Grace Kelly of Monaco

By Martin Gleeson John Brendan Kelly, known as Jack Kelly, started a bricklaying business in Philadelphia. In his spare time, he became a competitive rower...

Islam in Ireland

By Declan Henry Currently 63,000 Muslims live in Ireland which makes Islam the third largest religion in the country after Catholicism and the Church of...

The Glory Days of Irish Racecourses

By Noel Coogan Once upon a time, long, long, ago, there was a racecourse in nearly every county in Ireland but now just 17 of...

Tidy Towns: Bringing Irish communities together since 1958

By Garreth Byrne In 1958, the first winner in Ireland’s Tidy Towns competition was awarded to Glenties in South-West Donegal, which also came first in...

Last of the Lough Ree islanders

Story and picture by Matt Nolan John Connell from Inisbofin on Lough Ree died on 12 Feburary, 2018, after a short illness in Portiuncla Hospital,...

Pierce Brosnan – The Irish James Bond

By Martin Gleeson Since the first James Bond film was made in 1962, there have been 24 more films about the secret agent and 7...

Hearse and Rehearse – The origin of the word ‘hearse’

By Mattie Lennon I was recently at a funeral in Kerry. The deceased was an elderly woman who hadn’t ever married. I can’t vouch for the veracity...

Trees of Ireland from Ancient Days

By Garreth Byrne Trees provide shelter for humans and farm animals. They sometimes have medicinal uses, for example some varieties of willow provide a chemical...

Fr Ray Kelly – The Singing Priest

By John Fitzgerald "The Nation holds it breath." The famous quote from an RTÉ commentary on Ireland’s penalty shoot-out in Italia 90 came to mind...

The Irish boys in Havana

By Martin Gleeson In February 2015, my wife and I spent two weeks in Havana, the capital city of Cuba. We spent the first 6...