Category: Feature

Homelessness: numbers to spike in January

Jonathan Corrie’s death in December 2014 seemed set to transform national attitudes to homelessness, but more than three years later, not merely has the situation not improved, but things have got much worse. With roughly 9,000 people homeless in Ireland now, it seems the country now has more than twice as many people homeless as…

A diplomatic view of Bishop John Magee

Archives | State Papers Echoes of the past from the archives   Light is cast on the lives of others aside from politicians. For instance the career of Bishop Emeritus John Magee, which led from early distinction to eventual controversy and disaster on his return to Ireland. After many years in the higher reaches of…

The tastes of the nation’s leaders…

Archives | State Papers Secrets of the powers that be   One of the delights of these file releases are the curious side-lights that are cast by the documents on our leaders. In the files released from the President’s office are some dealing with Douglas Hyde’s term in office as First President of Ireland under…

The mystery of Hugh O’Neill’s grave

Archives | State Papers Secrets of the powers that be   One of the minor mysteries connected with the centuries-long Irish connection with Rome and the Vatican is the location of the grave of Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, who died there in exile in 1616. This must once have been well known, but by…

Getting to Lourdes in 1924

Archives | State Papers Echoes of the past from the archives   Whatever the difficulties of travel between Ireland and the US, UK and Europe in the post-Great War years, they did not affect Irish people making the Second National Pilgrimage to Lourdes on September 29, 1924. Most of those going on the pilgrimage were…