Last June the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said that in the archdiocese just two priests were under 40, while 44 were aged between 70 and 75 and “in the next four or five years will be going into a more retired sort of life”.

Four times more men studying for priesthood across Irish Sea

Archbishop Martin has welcomed the broad support for the enhanced role of the laity in Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Deaneries now to include lay people

The Georgian Drumcondra House at the centre of All Hallows College. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rosminians also selling period buildings and land in Drumcondra for €9.5m

Fr Francis Gleeson was chaplain to the Royal Munster Fusiliers as they faced battle on the Western Front and is depicted in the well-known painting The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunino Matania

Events will take place at Clonliffe College and at the Pro Cathedral

The US embassy in Dublin is inviting all who ever visited the US on a J1 student visa to attend a free open day event at the RDS on Thursday, September 25th, next

It is estimated that as many as 150,000 Irish people have availed of the visa

Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly announced he was delaying introduction of the diaconate following strong protests. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Meeting of mainly women in Co Clare heard call for all to be accommodated

Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly:  has decided to “not now proceed with the introduction of the permanent diaconate at this time in the diocese”.   Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Women in diocese had been ‘hurt and very disappointed’

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 Ian Paisley preaches to the 12,000 strong congregation at the King’s Hall in Belfast on the 40th anniversary of the free Presbyterian Church. Photograph: Pacemaker

Preacher first came to prominence in a religious context via a row

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