Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A review of an Archdiocese of Dublin fundraising initiative has begun, a spokesman has confirmed. The archdiocese is undertaking a review of its (...)

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, addresses  Catholics at St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, in   February  2013.  File photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

About 200 people are expected to accompany Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on the first chartered pilgrimage from that archdiocese to (...)

Minister of State Michael Ring, who was invited to the family wedding in Mayo, said on Thursday “this tragedy is beyond comprehension. It’s truly awful”.

The four-year-old boy killed when struck by a tractor in Erris, Co Mayo on Wednesday night had been holidaying with his parents in the area in advance(...)

St Patrick’s Purgatory Lough Derg Island. Photograph: David Sleator

Lough Derg in Co Donegal is a unique place in the world of pilgrimage. It attracts people from all over the world, rich, poor, politicians, the powerf(...)

James “Whitey” Bulger in  1984: his 2013 racketeering conviction will be challenged today. Photograph: Federal Bureau of Investigation/AP

Lawyers for former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger are set to challenge his 2013 racketeering conviction today, contending a judge wrongly block(...)

Pilgrims at the summit of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, on Sunday. The annual climb takes place every year on the last Sunday in July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When high winds whisked the glass oratory off the tiny church on Croagh Patrick’s summit, John Cummins knew the mountain was in trouble. Cummins, who (...)

Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring:  “After all, Croagh Patrick is an integral part of our spiritual sand cultural heritage and is very important for tourism.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Mayo County Council is to debate a repair and conservation plan for Croagh Patrick today amid safety concerns caused by the erosion of the mountain. (...)

To “drop in” is the new phrase for turning off technology and being one with yourself and nature. It’s reminiscent of that 1960s motto “Turn on, tune (...)

 A file image of  US actor Bill Cosby. Photograph: AFP

Bill Cosby lost his latest bid to fend off a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 197(...)

Friedrich Nietzsche: “Pure spirit is pure lie.” Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

With the approach of the 500th anniversary of the year traditionally taken to mark the start of the Reformation (1517), it might be worth reflecting a(...)