David Staunton: “Ecotherapy takes into account the feelings of loss, hopelessness and denial that many of us are living with due to the gross injustices – climate change, pollution, the mass extinction of birds, animals and plants – that nature and our planet experience”

‘Ecopsychology” is part of the solution to climate-change denial and inaction on global warming, according to David Staunton, an “ecopsychologist” (...)

 Abbot of Glenstal Abbey Mark Patrick Hederman: “In Ireland at any rate, the child is the very last item in the pecking order.” Photo: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The education system is at risk of becoming enslaved “to the imperative of economic growth”, the Abbot of Glenstal Abbey has said in a biting critique(...)

Pope Francis attends yesterday’s opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The prevailing mood among Catholics concerning the papacy of Pope Francis is one of uncertainty. Frequently, this is accompanied by anxiety – at the p(...)

In general the Benedictine Community in Glenstal Abbey has managed the concerns that have arisen well, the review found. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Ten allegations of child abuse have been made against six Benedictine monks at Glenstal Abbey in Co Limerick since January 1st, 1975.The National Boar(...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook for the funeral of Seamus Heaney this morning. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Seamus Heaney filled the world with poetry and prose, but said his goodbye with the simplest of lullabies. Tearful tributes from a lifelong friend and(...)

Jim Brennan and Shane Toolan in Hargadons Bar in Sligo town during the Yeats Vintage  Day event on Saturday, part of the Tread Softly festival. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell8

After 53 years you might think they’d run out of things to say at the annual Yeats International Summer School in Sligo. Far from it. This year, a new(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban told the summer school that in 20 years’ time we would witness “the death knell of the Catholic Church” as there would be so few priests left to say Mass

The future of Ireland should not be left to politicians alone, according to the Abbot of Glenstal Abbey who has called for the inclusion of recognised(...)

Stunting creativity

Recalling his teaching days Roddy Doyle spoke this week of the contrast between the spontaneity and thirst for learning of children in national(...)

Restored to glory

In 1998, David Pearl, a UK financier and chief executive of Sovereign Mines of Africa, arrived in Ireland to buy a racehorse a(...)