Dún Aonghasa – one of Aran’s most spectacular monuments. Photograph: Discovery programme

When two Trinity College scientists landed on the Aran islands in 1891, they visited graveyards in search of old skulls, and all resident males were (...)

Pope Francis uses a tablet to send a tweet with members of Scholas Occurentes Argentina at the Vatican today, the first anniversary of his inauguration. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters.

Pope Francis “is a man who accepted the will of the Lord to become successor of St Peter when it was put to him, without any questioning or wit(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  denied he was trying to capitalise on the pope’s popularity and said the decision was taken because of the Holy See’s renewed focus on tackling “hunger and world poverty” under Francis.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has linked the Government’s decision to reopen the Embassy to the Holy See to the arrival of Pope Francis. However, Mr Gilmore (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmiud Martin with the reliquary of St Anthony in Fairview, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: John McElroy

PATSY McGARRYReligious Affairs CorrespondentAn overflow congregation greeted the relics of St Anthony of Padua when they arrived at the Franciscan Chu(...)