Gerry King (left) from Dunleer, Co Louth, ploughing in the senior horse section, watched by his son Gerard  at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke 2:39

There is nothing like this. Nothing. Here, you get the real deal. This is the mood your vintage oilcloth artisan types strive to evoke in their carefu(...)

Mounted gardaí on duty yesterday on day two of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska , Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Another record was broken at the National Ploughing Championships today when it attracted its largest ever crowd of 124,500 people and got the seal of(...)

‘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(...)

Newly elected president of the Irish Farmers’ Association Eddie Downey is congratulated at the Castleknock Hotel  in Dublin last night. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The election of Slane farmer Eddie Downey as president of the Irish Farmers’ Association last night means the Co Meath village may now be in the uniqu(...)

Sr Monica, Sr Jacinta, Sr Veronica and Sr Kelly Francis of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal with Fr Joe Campbell of St Mary’s parish, Drogheda. Photo: Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

The story of Christianity in Ireland appears to be coming full circle, at least in its Roman Catholic manifestation. Four nuns, three of them children(...)

Four nuns from the United States last night formally replaced the Sisters of Mercy at St Mary’s parish in Drogheda. The event was marked by a Mass in St Mary’s, concelebrated by the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan (above) and the Bishop of Meath, Michael Smith. Photograph:   John Moore/Getty Images)

Four nuns from the United States last night formally replaced the Sisters of Mercy at St Mary’s parish in Drogheda. The event was marked by a Mass in (...)

A file image of Fr  Denis Nulty who has been  appointed at the Bishop of  Kildare and Leighlin. Photograph: PA

The new bishop of Kildare and Leighlin has said these are “difficult days” for priests as they see their numbers dwindle but pledged to work to enc(...)