Eileen Finnegan from Kilgarvan said she must be the only person in the country to thank the storm – after it washed up much-loved rosary beads which had been stolen from her car, along with a Padre Pio medal. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA

Storm Desmond is being credited with the return of religious items including rosary beads to a woman in Co Kerry in a bizarre story in which a hunter (...)

Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid: at the end of the second Vatican Council, he said: “You may have been worried by talk of changes to come. Allow me to reassure you: no change will worry the tranquillity of your Christian lives.”

The second Vatican Council closed 50 years ago this year, having begun in October 1962. One of the major changes it ushered in was the saying of the M(...)

Michael Harding at Lough Allen, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

I was in an auto-parts shop in Ennis last week looking for seat covers because there’s a rip on the seat of the Jeep. The man behind the counter had a(...)

Dylan Moran with the Cork Film Festival's Creative Director James Mullighan

Some festivals try to spread meagre smatterings of events over more days than they should, pulling off the festival programming equivalent of Donald T(...)

People queue  to see the relics of St Anthony in Dublin last month. Photograph: Collins Photography

The recent visit of the relics of Saint Anthony of Padua drew thousands of faithful throughout an eight-day Irish tour. It is estimated that 30,000 al(...)

Coffins are lined up after the coach crash near the southern town of Avellino. Photograph: Reuters

The precise dynamic which led to a fatal bus crash last night in which 39 people were killed near Avellino, southern Italy remains unclear. As rescue (...)

Ronan McGreevy More than 5,500 people, most of them from abroad, have so far signed up to walk in the “people’s parade” ahead of the mai(...)