Annie Moore: A Journey of Faith and Courage

Life was never easy for the mostly agricultural peoples of Ireland and then in the nineteenth century came the potato famine and times went from bad to very bad and even worse.

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 salt. Make a well in the middle and crack 2...

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 yours! Knockdrin Castle is one of the finest picturesque castellated...

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 Year, is a man with a strong social conscience. He...

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 his younger sisters. They came from a Protestant background and...

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 people but between the politicians. Thankfully, things are much better...

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 days at Scoil Ailbhe, the Thurles CBS Primary School, now...

Larry Cummins – A man who 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 to bring healing to his fellow human beings and urge...

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 been awarded the fifth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award. Sr Consilio Fitzgerald...

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 born in 1929 on the southside of Cork city in...

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 sense of the incredible endurance of those men who worked...

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 Vatican, Monsignor O'Flaherty gave his services and saved 4,000 allied...

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 in zoos and wildlife parks. The wolf population was a vibrant...

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 Byrne certainly called to mind such an unfathomable loss. For...

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 rarest natural colour. The gene which causes red hair is...