Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York: ‘It will be an honour for me to travel to the west of Ireland and open Ireland’s National Public Novena on August 14th, with Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, in Knock.’  Photograph:  Mike Segar/Reuters

The first transatlantic pilgrimage flight to Knock shrine will touch down in Co Mayo tomorrow. The inaugural Aer Lingus flight from JFK to Ireland We(...)

Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’. Photograph: Paddy Tobin

What is your favourite Irish plant? And no, you’re not allowed to say shamrock … Instead, I’m thinking of the thousands of wonderful garden plants (...)

Geraldine Branagan, Phil Coulter and Eamonn Campbell at the funeral at Mount Jerome, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jim McCann was “one of the brightest, wittiest, and sweetest men I ever knew,” songwriter Phil Coulter said at the singer’s funeral in Dublin. “He wa(...)

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said he did not think Republicans, who control the US Congress following their victories in November’s midterm elections, would be able to stop US president Barack  Obama’s orders shielding four million illegal immigrants from deportation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is still trying to clarify whether illegal Irish will be able to return home outside of emergencies under President Barack Obama’s rece(...)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Noted that Knock airport “was built specifically to welcome pilgrims to Knock shrine . . . Monsignor James Horan, I’m sure, would be very proud.” Photograph: The Irish Times

The first transatlantic flight by Aer Lingus from the US to Ireland West Airport Knock, Co Mayo, takes place next August. It will also be the first of(...)

Connaught Airport Development, which runs Knock Airport, is spending €1.9 million this year on a runway upgrade

The number of people travelling through Knock Airport fell in 2013 but the company says it is ahead of this year’s 700,000 target.The latest accounts (...)

The rededication ceremony at Deansgrange.  Cemetery supervisor John McCann said the graves had been designed not to stand out as denoting military service in the war. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The graves of 63 Irishmen who fought in the first World War were rededicated yesterday in a service at Deansgrange Cemetery. The men, mostly Catholic(...)

Taking off at Ireland West Airport Knock, in Co Mayo. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is coming under renewed pressure within his own party over the future of Ireland West Airport Knock in his home constituency of (...)

Philadelphia Maria Walsh: the winning Rose at the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival. Photograph:Domnick Walsh 1:36

There have always been places of worship to which maidens are sent as tribute. The Rose of Tralee’s Wicker Man is out of shot, but trust me, it’s t(...)

In 2008, the gun that was used to kill John F Kennedy’s assassin was auctioned off as part of “a pop culture collection”. Other items included the (...)