A semi-general view the  brides and their grooms as they  stood before Pope Francis (top centre) as he celebrates a mass wedding ceremony inside St. Peter’s Basilica today. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/EPA

Pope Francis married 20 couples today, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine pontiff wants t(...)

President Michael D Higgins also referred to the role of Tip O’Neill’s ‘vision and determination to make Ireland a better place’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland owes a debt of gratitude to its diaspora, President Michael D Higgins said yesterday. Speaking at the presentation of the Tip O’Neill (...)

‘We  have small groups for students and kids. We’re convinced that weekly small groups in a parish is the way forward for the whole Catholic Church.’ Photograph: Getty Images

I have worked as a Catholic lay leader involved in renewal and reconciliation in Ireland for more than 41 years. Recently I’ve seen so many faithful C(...)

Requiem Mass for the three boys will take place at the Holy Cross Church in Charleville at midday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The funeral will take place this afternoon of three brothers who died in tragic circumstances in north Cork last week.Paddy and Tom O’Driscoll, the ni(...)

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan,  Archbishop of New York, at the jubilee Mass in the Cathedral of   Christ the King, Mullingar,  yesterday,  with   papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown and  the Bishop of Meath Dr Michael Smith, to  mark the 75th anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral in the diocese of Meath. Photograph:  John McElroy

Cardinal Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan attended celebrations in Mullingar yesterday to mark the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Cathedr(...)

Camille O’Sullivan and Feargal Murray. Photograph: Alan Betson

Camille O’Sullivan is a singer and actor. She became an architect and, after a near-fatal car crash in 1999, a full-time performance artist. She now t(...)

Drag queen Panti Bliss (AKA Rory O’Neill) has been nominated to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge by two Dublin-based Redemptorist priests. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Two Catholic priests have undertaken the Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, papal nuncio Archbishop(...)

‘Dr Donald Caird’s  first curacy in east Belfast in the 1950s brought him face to face with the working-class community of the shipyards.’  Photograph: Jack McManus

If “the child is the father of the man” we may trace influences in Donald Caird’s career to his schooldays in Wesley College in the 1940s. Following a(...)

The Slovakian Aeromobil 2.5 prototype  has had about 40 hours of flight testing and resembles a supercar with considerable flight capabilities

A number of us can thank a cartoon character from the future, George Jetson, for instilling our longing. Students of aviation history might look fo(...)

Nobody ever left Ireland to go to America. Pat Naughton left Ballinasloe to go to his cousin John in Roxbury, Boston. James McCurdy went from Rathl(...)