A heavy machine gun recovered by  security forces from the Provisional IRA during the decommissioning process. File photograph: PA

“It was hugely significant, we all fell silent. One of the [(IRA)]men handed over a last gun, ceremoniously, to the general. Fr Alec whispered in my e(...)

Friends and family carry the remains Seamus Wright to his funeral Mass in St Agnes’  Church  in Belfast on Tuesday. The inset is a picture of Seamus Wright which was placed on his coffin. Photograph: Reuters

The funeral Mass of Seamus Wright, one of the ‘Disappeared’ killed by the IRA in October 1972, was told on Tuesday it had taken a very long time to(...)

The first, faltering steps

Twenty years ago, after decades of street violence and armed struggle, peace came to Northern Ireland. On September 1st, 1994, following agreement on (...)

  Floribeth Mora Diaz   places the reliquary containing a relic of PopeJohn Paul II alongside that of Pope Paul XXIII during the historic double canonisation ceremony for past pontiffs on Saturday.  Photograph: Jacek Turczyk

In 2001 the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux were brought to Ireland, thousands flocked to see them and to pray. Since then we have had scandal (...)

Ireland’s Catholic bishops are planning a major national pastoral conference following publication of the exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel) by Pope Francis. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Ireland’s Catholic bishops are planning a major national pastoral conference for September of next year following publication of the exhortation Evang(...)

To many Fr Alec Reid, who has died at the age of 82, is the priest who knelt in prayer over the body of a British soldier beaten to death by a mob on (...)

Liam Adams: this trial and an earlier one, which collapsed in April, brought a sharp focus onto Gerry Adams that is not going away. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

There were elements of finality for two members of the Adams family in Belfast yesterday but not for the third, the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. A(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (centre) and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) attend the funeral of Father Alec Reid in  the Clonard Monastery in west Belfast today. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Hundreds of mourners from across Belfast have joined politicians and clergy of all denominations for the funeral of Fr Alec Reid, the quiet priest who(...)

Fr Alec Reid praying over the body of one of the murdered soldiers. Photograph: Trevor McBride

At the chapel in the Redemptorist house on Orwell Road in Dublin on Monday morning the provincial superior of the order, Michael Kelleher, in a magnif(...)

Dublin’s Alan Brogan shakes hands with Kieran Donaghy of Kerry after the 2011 All-Ireland senior football final, in which the Dubs enjoyed a rare championship success against  the Kingdom. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I don’t want to sound like a character from the pages of Flann O’Brien but leaving Cusack Park in Ennis on Sunday afternoon and skimming the radio wav(...)