Getting on: Irish brides and grooms have aged by nearly five years each over the last two decades, according to the  Central Statistics Office (CSO). Photograph: Getty Images.

Irish brides and grooms have aged by nearly five years each over the last two decades while the popularity of civil marriages in the Republic has jump(...)

Pope Francis arrives for the opening of the Synod on the themes of family in Vatican City. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

In his former life, Pope Francis was noted for his openness to people of all faiths and of none. In 2011, he said “dialogue is born from an attitude o(...)

Fr Damian Mc Neice  has been named the first Catholic chair of the Dublin Council of Churches. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Ecumenical history has been made with the appointment for the first time of a Catholic priest as chair of the Dublin Council of Churches (DCC). Fr Dam(...)

Once the fiery denouncer of any constitutional accommodation within Northern Ireland, the Rev Ian Paisley became one of the “chuckle brothers”, sharin(...)

‘To Flannery O’Connor, faith was fragile and thinking you had lost your faith was “an experience that in the long run belongs to faith”.’ Photograph:  APIC/Getty Images

The American novelist and short-story writer Flannery O’Connor died 50 years ago on August 3rd. A significant voice in US fiction, she is also highly (...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan: met with members of the Bethany Survivors group

A meeting with Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan seeking inclusion of Protestant-run mother and baby homes in the proposed Commission of Investig(...)

The loot collected by children making their First Communion has now surpassed the highs of the boom times, and they stand to make almost €600 each (...)

Pope Francis meeting UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon  earlier this month. The UN’s torture watchdog today criticised the Vatican’s handling of reported sexual abuse by priests, and said  any priest suspected of committing sexual abuse  should be immediately suspended pending investigation. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

The United Nations torture watchdog called on the Vatican today to cooperate with civil authorities in prosecuting all cases of suspected sexual abuse(...)

Proposing the motion, Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said her party advocated the right to social, economic, gender and cultural equality.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Northern Assembly has again rejected by a majority vote a Sinn Féin motion calling for the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The DUP had table(...)

Irish Roots

Roman Catholic parish registers constitute by far the most important set of records for 19th-century Irish local and family history. And, in th(...)