“There probably hasn’t been a generation of humanity that didn’t believe they would witness the end of the world.”
In a Word: eschatology

All Abrahamic religions have a branch concerned with death and judgment

Archbishop Eamon Martin said it was his  intention ‘to relay the lived experience and insights of Irish survivors‘ personally to Pope Francis. File photograph:  PA Wire

Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse on February 15th

 Josepha Madigan said it  “should not come a source of surprise to see a woman on the altar including in the priesthood itself”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Faithful must 'speak up for the values we expect our church to uphold’

 Islamic Republic of Iran ambassador Dr Masoud Eslami meets Mick Wallace and Clare Daly at a reception to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Events for 1979 Islamic Revolution refer to famine and sanctions imposed by foreigners

The new Bishop of Clogher Larry Duffy

‘The God of surprises surely has a sense of fun. All I can promise is to do my best’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was speaking on  World Day of the Sick in the Church of Corpus Christi in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Archbishop calls for more openness regarding healthcare

Sr Maura O’Donoghue, a Medical Missionary of Mary from Kilfenora, in Co Clare

Report by Clare sister claimed such abuse took place in 22 countries, including Ireland

Going forward, an appalling phrase, somehow associated with the last recession.
In a Word: phrase

‘Give it up’ for those that ‘have your back’ but not ‘going forward’

Historian Catherine Corless. Photograph Reuters/Peter Nicholls

Day-long discussions involved Dr Catherine Corless and Tuam Home Survivors Network

The survey’s findings contrast with the accepted picture of gradual decline and aging congregations reported by the older, more traditional churches. Photograph: iStock

Report suggests health of Christianity in Ireland more robust than generally believed

 Mary McAleese on the occasion of the presentation of the Dignity of Grand Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former Irish president speaks of European ideal as she receives one of France’s highest honours

A sermon for the holy rugby day

 Artist Robert Ballagh rejected claims that his recent letter to The Irish Times on ‘outsiders’ in Irish arts management smacked of jingoism. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Underfunding of Irish arts stems from a national inferiority complex, artist believes

“We are not natural protesters. We are a church choir,” said the director of Pobal Aifreann Dhún Laoghaire. Photograph: iStock

‘After 50 years that was that. No consultation, no words of regret, no thanks’ – Dublin choir

Rev Mairisíne Stanfield (53) minister of First Presbyterian Church, Bangor in Co Down since 2013.

Presbyterianism is the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, speaking at the World Meeting of Families in August 2018. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Archbishop speaks on polarisation, as Josepha Madigan talk moved over pro-choice views

In a Word . . .

. . . January

Survivor of the Tuam mother-and-baby home Peter Mulryan lays flowers on the grounds. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Commission received 250,000 pages from Department of Health weeks from deadline

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle during her visit to Dublin with Prince Harry in July, 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Duchess of Sussex’s Irish ancestry was established by a Dublin marriage register

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin  has attracted criticism from priests in Dublin with some believing he “sold out” on the issue of clerical sex abuse, Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Renua candidate signals that it is unclear what the legacy of the archbishop would be

In a Word . . .

. . . Bank

Marie Collins: ‘The church reaction is a mirror image of what we were hearing here in Ireland 30 years ago.’ File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Marie Collins claims lessons of abuse in Ireland not being used to change policy elsewhere

The fumes alone were at least four times above the driving limit

One well-placed source warned:  “Get Dublin wrong and Diarmuid Martin’s formidable legacy will be set at nought. And rapidly.” Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Question remains if Rome will allow the Dublin Archbishop to go

Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation chairperson  Judge Yvonne Murphy. Photograph: Eric Luke

Commission of investigation to seek additional year to complete final report

 Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev

Shaykh al-Qadri says alleged actions of man captured in Syria should not be tolerated

Your baby boy shows classic symptoms of severe trauma anticipation

The remains of actor Jer O’Leary, being carried out of the Church of St. Agatha’s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘Will forever be remembered for his unstinting political activism’ - President Higgins

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greeting Mass goers in Dublin. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

There are a handful of contenders to take over from Diarmuid Martin when he retires

Dublin-based “super-pirates” Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio were dominant presences in the local radio market in the 1980s. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

On New Year’s Eve, 1988, an estimated 70 illegal radio stations closed down in Ireland

A handout image provided by United Arab Emirates News Agency (WAM) on December 24th, shows Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (left) having a meal with former president Mary Robinson at the Latifa’s home in Dubai Photograph: Stringer/AFP/HO/ WAM/Getty

Latifa pictured dining with Mary Robinson following March escape attempt from Dubai

Photograph: iStock
In a Word ... Hospital

I worked at a hospital one Christmas. One of our jobs was to take bodies to the mortuary

A spokeswoman for the Rotunda in Dublin said it would be providing abortions from the new year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Thirty doctors signed up do not want HSE to give their details out to avoid being targeted

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

‘Outrageous’ that doctors could be forced to contribute to an abortion against their will

Charities are appealing for unwanted gifts but they say they have neither the time nor volunteers to sift through what is useless. File photograph: Getty Images

Call goes out for clothes, shoes, accessories, household goods, children’s toys and books

Children pose for photos as a diver dressed as Santa Claus performs at COEX aquarium in Seoul. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images
In a Word . . . Unseen

‘There is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist’

Michael O’Sullivan (59) and Matt Murphy (83) outside their favourite cafe, Lilliput Stores in Stoneybatter.  Photograph: James Forde

One year on, the pair reflect on the ‘business arrangement’ that attracted global interest

Gallaghers on Main Street, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, is one of the oldest shops run by one of the best known people, Mary Gallagher. File photograph: Brendan Gallagher

‘You could say I married a place’ – Mary Gallagher

William Power stands in front of his portrait which was taken as part of the ‘People Like Us’ exhibition which opened on Thursday. Photograph: James Forde

‘I used to self harm trying to deal with it and I would overdose on whatever drugs I could’

Tony Walsh’s abuse of one boy in Ballyfermot from 1978 to 1983 was so extreme that he was sentenced in December 2010 to a total of 123 years.

Murphy report said it was ‘likely that he has abused hundreds of children’

The remains of Workers’ Party activist Seán Garland arrive for his funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Workers’ Party ‘revolutionary’ defined his politics ‘in the many jails he served time in’

Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson: “As Fr Peter McVerry’s friend said, with the honesty of those who have nothing to lose: ‘nobody cares’.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Church of Ireland prelate rails against inept policymakers and the misery of destitution

 Black Santa Sit Out at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Lord Mayor Nial Ring with  Nikolas Thornton, proudly showing off the Lord Mayor’s chain of office during the the Choir of Kildare Place National Schooll’s performance. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson highlights ‘church of the whole island’

A Crosscare report has found social welfare offices in Ireland were ‘failing to make Interpreter Services available to people who are not English speakers and in urgent need of access to social welfare supports’. File photograph: Peter Muhly

Staff often suggest people bring their own interpreter to appointments

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “I wouldn’t be asked to give my opinion, the decision is between them and the Holy See.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin says he has no role under canon law regarding hospital property

Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy said he had been told it was the first time in Europe an interfaith group had developed such a strategy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Forum has ‘huge role to play’ in addressing divisions, migration, reckless politicians

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “The Minister himself has recognised the place of conscientious objection. We’ll wait and see exactly what comes out as to whether the solutions the Minister presents are going to be adequate.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish TimesPhotograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Martin surprised at Pope replying to Zappone letter about mother and baby homes

“Our mother arrived back to find every light in the house on, every tap running, the younger ones running up and down the stairs, and Seán and I missing.”
In a Word: Immaculate

Two boys lose their bearings in a vast new home in Ballaghaderreen on December 8th

In a Word . . .

. . . wrong. Patsy McGarry

In A Word... age

Who would want to be 21 again? It was grand at the time but it’s someone else’s turn now

My destiny was writ. I was to be stuck for half an hour making turgid conversation

Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of the women affected by the  CervicalCheck controversy, who died last month aged 37 Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Award named for CervicalCheck controversy campaigner will benefit mature students

St Laurence O’Toole’s heary will be housed in a specially designed piece by artist Eoin Turner in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.

New enclosure for relic stolen in 2012 to be blessed in ecumenical service

 Aung San Suu Kyi receiving Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award from Bono at the Bord Gáis Theatre, Dublin in June 2012. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Human rights group accuses Myanmar leader of ‘shameful betrayal’ of values

 Chief Justice Frank Clarke at the inauguration of Michael D Higgins for his second term as President, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Atheist Ireland campaigns against exclusion of conscientious atheists from public office

President Michael D Higgins at the presidential inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

Leader calls for a ‘Republic of inclusivity, love and joy’ as he is inaugurated for second term

Britain’s Prince Andrew, the Duke of York (right) is greeted by Archbishop Eamon  Martin before a Service of Remembrance at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Peace ‘means coming out of our own trenches; building bridges, not parapets’, Eamon Martin says

“The white poppy is a statement of peace as opposed to the red poppy which has become embroiled in UK politics,” the Quakers said. Photograph: iStock

White linked to peace as opposed to red poppy ‘embroiled in UK politics’, Quakers say

Lord Mayor Mick Finn suggested people should try and imagine what life was like for the generation of young Cork people who went to fight in battle.

Tributes are paid on Armistice centenary to 4,500 Cork men and women who died

In a Word ... Armistice

The first World War was hilariously described as ‘the war to end all wars’

At St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, silence will be observed at 11am on Sunday to mark the end of the first World War. Choral Evensong at 3.15pm will include official wreath-laying.

Galway events will commemorate 1,400 men from county who died in WWI

A file photograph of Alice Leahy at the Alice Leahy Trust on Bride Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Should be run by mature staff, not idealistic young people who burn out, says Alice Leahy

Visual artist Patrick Bolger and sociologist Dr Maria Quinlan at  the launch of  ‘I Am One in Four’,  an exhibition of photographs and words produced by people who have experienced childhood sexual violence.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Survivors tell their stories in images and text, creating a ‘compelling, disturbing’ exhibition

The legislation says it will be an offence for a person, by any means whatsoever, to intentionally end the life of a foetus otherwise than in accordance with the provisions of the Act

Abortion Bill: TDs debate 180 proposed amendments by pro-choice and anti-abortion TDs

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin  said the World Meeting of Families was “the tale of two congresses: there’s what happened on the ground, and then there’s what happened in the media”

Rite & Reason: Bishop says there was ‘consistent negative coverage in the media in the final weeks of preparation’

 Ombudsman Peter Tyndall had warned the Department of Justice that it needed to move speedily to deal with compensation for the 200 women. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Government says it will resolve issue of 200 survivors whose awards were withheld

 An art installation of 3,200 giant poppies   made of artificial silk to remember the end of the first World War I at Koenigsplatz square in Munich,  Germany. Photograph: Lennart Preiss/EPA

Quaker organised commemoration will take place on centenary of end to World War I

“With hindsight, not least following the past two years, the world might be a better place had Columbus been detained in Galway.”
In a Word . . .

. . . Columbus

Images of Dan Breen from a police notice offering a £1,000 reward for the capture of the Soloheadbeg ambush organiser, “wanted for murder in Ireland” and described as having a “sulky bulldog appearance”.

Soloheadbeg ambush in January 1919 among most controversial episodes in period

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Katherine Zappone. File photograph: Eric Luke

By 1951 more than 1 per cent of the Irish population was incarcerated in institutions

The Pew Research Centre has found religion  “very important” to 23 per of Irish people, with 37 per cent attending religious services at least monthly and 19 per cent praying daily.

Ireland tightly aligned to liberal values with 69% believing in God, Pew survey finds

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “We had five new complaints alone in July about abuse by already-known Dublin diocesan priests, as compared with nine for all of 2017.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Archbishop tells conference focus on abuse prompted survivors to come forward

His Holiness Pope Francis with President Michel D. Higgins and his wife Sabena at Áras An Uachtaráin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Bishop blames media’s consistent negative coverage for shortfall in fundraising

A man looks at the results of the blasphemy referendum. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Time to expunge other dated articles to create inclusive document

In all the Dublin constituencies the Yes vote was over 70 per cent. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

‘Ireland is rightly proud of our reputation as a modern, liberal society,’ says Flanagan

In a word... alcohol

It pains me to see you portrayed as toxic, Al. You are not

Church leaders in attendance at the meeting included the Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard Clarke. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Deadlock ‘affecting community life, public services and cross-Border co-operation’

Former minister for justice  Dermot Ahern: ‘Imagine the reaction if I proposed a referendum then.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dermot Ahern says 2009 law was designed to make prosecutions for the act impossible

The Bons Secours Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Tuam Home Graveyard Committee/ PA Wire

HSE papers also claim senior Church figures were involved in trafficking of children

A significant number of infant remains were confirmed on the site of the former home in March 2017. File photograph: The Irish Times

Majority living in area close to former mother and child home opposed to extensive exhumation

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  at a press briefing to announce details of plans to excavate the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home site. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘It is an offer, it is a contribution to the costs, it is voluntary, it is not a settlement, it is not an indemnity’ - Katherine Z(...)

 Sinead Burke, writer and campaigner, addressing a seminar organised  by the Press Council of Ireland, and the Office of the Press Ombudsman on the role of  the print media  in advancing the participation and representation of minority communities in society. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Concerns raised about word ‘junkie’ and images of rough sleepers to illustrate homelessness

Gina Menzies said the blasphemy clause in the Constitution ‘doesn’t protect freedom of religion and belief, in fact it undermines it’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Criminalising blasphemy has no place in a modern democracy such as ours’

In a Word... Memory

Our mother was admitted to the nursing home and does not fully realise where she is

President Michael D Higgins at the announcement of  his arts initiative at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

President believes remaining years of Decade of Centenaries will provide difficult challenge

Stephen Fry is interviewed by Gay Byrne on ‘The Meaning of Life’. Photograph: RTÉ

A guide to how the State’s ban on blasphemy became a law

Philomena Lee at the publishing of the Clann Project's report on adoption and mother and baby homes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Philomena Lee refused right to give evidence in public to mother and baby home inquiry

The most popular name for newborn girls in Ireland  is Emily and for boys it is Jack. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Once popular first names now facing ‘extinction’ in Ireland

Pope Francis waves to the jubilant faithful after presiding over a canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Getty Images

Two of the 20th century’s most contentious figures sainted

In a Word

.... Thriller. Patsy McGarry

A file photograph of Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Photograph: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/

Cardinal was heavily criticised over his handling of abuse allegations against three priests while bishop of Pittsburgh

The meeting heard there was no pension for Catholic priests in this country and what was available to a retiring priest was at the whim of his bishop. Photograph: Getty Images

Association of Catholic Priests describe member as ‘extremely discouraged’ by attitude of bishops

Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980) at home in San Salvador in November 1979. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

Late Salvadoran archbishop is to be canonised by Pope Francis on Sunday

‘The relationship of the Church of Ireland with the totality of Irish history and culture . . . can only become more complex as we approach the commemoration of 150 years of Disestablishment,” Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Being Anglican and Irish a religious and psychological issue not political or territorial

Speaking at the Church of Ireland Synod in Greystones, Rev Dr Norman Gamble, a member of the Diocesan Board of Education, said ‘our schools are part of our mission rather than for own people’. Photograph: iStock

Dublin and Glendalough diocesan synod takes place in Greystones

Four men have this year begun training for the religious life at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Dundalk, while a further eight began their propaedeutic (pre-seminary) year at other locations in Ireland and abroad. Photograph: Getty Images

There are just two seminaries left to train diocesan priests for Ireland: the seminary at Maynooth and the Irish College in Rome

The  Church of the Annunciation, Finglas. The building is to be demolished to make way for a smaller church building. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘When first built it was almost too small – people came early to Mass to get a seat!’

Officials from Minister for Health Simon Harris’ department are to meet medical colleges to discuss clinical protocols to deliver an abortion service. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Nurses and midwives hope ‘current protections will apply in the future’

Doctors and pharmacists should not be obliged to refer patients to others, they say

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