In 1977 Seán MacBride was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize. An invitation was extended to the members of the cabinet, including the Minster of Foreign Affairs, to attend the award ceremony on 20 September. This posed the government with a problem. MacBride had been awarded the Nobel Prize in 1974 (pictured below). The Lenin Peace Prize was seen...

This year saw the release of a backlog of files of various kinds going back to the 1920s. Many dealt with dismissals from the public service, the army, the guards, and the civil service generally. Most of these reveal little stories of incompetence and misbehaviour as often as not due to alcohol. These are of little interest to the general...

“It’s going to be a beautiful day today – sunshine throughout. Low humidity. Really a splendid September day. The afternoon temperature about 80 degrees. Great weather for a primary election.It was as promising as television forecasts got at that time of year. On September 11, 2001, the early morning sun glistened over the...

“If it be true (as it certainly is) that a man can feel exquisite happiness in skinning a cat, then the religious philosopher can only draw one of two deductions,” wrote G.K. Chesterton in his 1908 creed Orthodoxy, continuing: “He must either deny the existence of God, as all atheists do; or he must deny the present union between...

From music to television to persistent newspaper reporters, it is a busy time for Mary Burke. The woman who is the power behind the music phenomenon that is Crystal Swing is barely finished with a video shoot for an upcoming television programme when she settles into an interview with The Irish Catholic newspaper. And she is by no means finished...

St Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny was suitably packed when it hosted on November 20 a concelebrated Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the recent retirement of Bishop Séamus Freeman, S.A.C., who served as Bishop of Ossory for almost nine years. The celebration coincided with the Feast of Christ the King and the conclusion of the Extraordinary...

A new place of mission and evangelisation for young people in Ireland has been officially opened in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore.The Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, formally opened Holy Family Mission at Co. Waterford’s Glencomeragh House on Friday, December 2, saying it was an honour officially to launch such a...

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