Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

CofI’s Michael Jackson says public interest needs to give voice to things beyond number crunching

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times.

The most influential Catholic prelate in Ireland has one year left as a bishop - has he any regrets?

Diarmuid Martin (74), who has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome. “One thing I would not want is that there would be a vacuum or that there would be a prolonged period of speculation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Prelate would have been ‘kneecapped’ in past for saying the things said by Pope Francis in Dublin

President Michael D Higgins at the GPO in Dublin to mark the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President leads commemorations at GPO following ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery

In a Word...

.. fleadh. Patsy McGarry

‘Anybody who has a concern for Northern Ireland, for the people of Northern Ireland, for the future of Northern Ireland, whether it’s in or out of Brexit, should be working to ensure this type of violence doesn’t re-emerge,’ Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Archbishop of Dublin asks Taoiseach to give ‘clear, courageous’ leadership at this time

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin taking part in the annual Way of The Cross  procession from the Wellington monument to the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park on Good Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Churches take part in ecumenical ‘Way of the Cross’ processions in Limerick and Dublin

Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, which was a mother-and-baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The State did not adequately oversee mother-and-baby homes says commission member

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘What went wrong to give rise to a situation in which children within the church of Jesus Christ were not cared for with scrupulous dignity, whether in life or in death?’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Hard to believe that evidence has simply vanished and that no one can remember’

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: ‘the DUP are very much bedded and wedded all the time to the Constitutional position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.’ Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Former taoiseach is ‘sometimes puzzled’ over DUP’s stance on the UK leaving the EU

Dlr Libraries said the event had been programmed ‘as an age appropriate, family-friendly story time session’

Deansgrange library ‘inundated with extremely violent homophobia’

Where did Leo Tolstoy come across those boring happy families he wrote about?

I bought new shoes on Monday, oh boy! They are still training me in

There is a very up-to-date gym I pass daily that, in the very best aspiration of openness and transparency, had all its young men and women exercise inside great windows. Photograph: iStock
In a word . . . gym

The gym obsession is not about health, but pursuit of the body beautiful

 Sally O’Neill pictured at Áras An Uachtarain in March 2015 with President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins. Photograph: Maxwell’s

‘We are heartbroken by this news. Sally was the heartbeat of Trócaire for almost 40 years’

Fr Fintan Gavin says mass at St Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin in 2005. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Bishop John Buckley is stepping down after over 20 years in the position

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says there were ‘hundreds’ of paedophiles in the Irish Catholic Church. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholic Church has to be made accountable, says Mary McAleese

More than 2,000 people attended the Nagar Kirtan Procession around Sandymount in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Event in the Sandymount area marked Vaisakhi annual festival

Where did Leo Tolstoy come across those boring happy families he wrote about?

Some psychologists insist 95% of families are dysfunctional, with the other 5% in denial

Michael McDowell: ‘No church is entitled to say to the Irish State: ‘Our law is superior to your law.’’ Photograph: Collins Courts

Ex-AG says he and senior ministers were kept out of talks on 2002 accord

Br Peter Mokaya Tabichi (36), a maths and physics teacher at Keriko Secondary School in Pwani village in his native Kenya, has won the Varkey Foundation 2019 Global Teacher of the Year Award.

Br Peter Mokaya Tabichi, who received $1m prize, linked to Galway Franciscan Brothers

 Marian Harkin (centre) celebrating with supporters after her election to the  European Parliament in 2009. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

MEP served three terms ‘as a bridge between Irish citizens and the European institutions’

In a Word... Patsy McGarry

Pintails, a species of dabbling duck. Photograph: Colum Clarke

Drop blamed on climate change and increased recreational use of wetlands

In a Word...

...Alzheimer’s. Patsy McGarry

Former Bishop of Kerry Eamonn Casey, photographed in his home in Surrey in south east England in 1999.

Diocese confirms gardaí were informed and person concerned was offered support

Workers offload food aid from a South African National Defence Force helicopter on Monday in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Buzi, near Beira, Mozambique. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Hutchings

‘Crops have been destroyed, which will lead to serious food shortages in the months ahead’

 Bishop Eamon Casey in 2010. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Late bishop admitted to one of the allegations, two other women given compensation

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke addresses an crowd at a campaign stop in  South Carolina, US, on Sunday. Photograph: Logan Cyrus/The New York Times

Ancient Order of Hibernians says it was ‘shocked’ by post mocking Beto O’Rourke

Muslim students (from left) Aisha Siwar, Rosie Al Johmani and Ryma Halfaoui, are organising a march in solidarity with the victims of the Christchurch shootings which will take place in Dublin on Saturday, March 23rd. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Demonstration in Dublin to be against Islamophobia and far-right ideologies

Rev Prof Laurence Kirkpatrick had been teaching at the Union Theological College in Belfast for 22 years

Appearance on BBC Talkback led to charges of gross misconduct which were upheld

Fr George Rutler said the state of the Catholic Church in Ireland was “a warning to Catholics in the United States, because such is what happens when religion is only a political and ethnic sentiment”

Fr George Rutler in New York warns about the state of the Catholic Church in Ireland

Father Patrick Peyton with Bing Crosby. According to the Guns & Rosaries documentary, the Co Mayo-born priest received CIA funding to help fight communism in Latin America

‘Rosary is the offensive weapon that will destroy Communism’ – Fr Patrick Peyton

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Diarmuid Martin warns against ‘cultural warriors of certainty’ becoming a source of division

St Patrick was actually a Welshman with particularly good judgement – he picked us

Cardinal Angelo Sodano is “the ‘villain’ of this book”. File photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Frédéric Martel’s hugely entertaining read is disappointingly loose with the facts

Abortion precondition runs counter to a doctor’s constitutional and human right to freedom of conscience, say bishops.

Requirement to carry out elective abortions part of National Maternity Hospital job spec

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “Perhaps the most significant example in our times has been the change in attitude to protection of the environment and climate justice.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Schoolchildren setting the pace on environment, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Former president Mary McAleese. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Ex-president says institution prizes the clerical male above women, truth, and abused children

 Sr Véronique Margron: ‘Any criminal organization would not have done worse.’ Photograph: iStock

Sr Véronique Margron accuses Church of covering up reports of abuse of nuns

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park as Pope Francis attends the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families in August, 2018. Photograph:  Liam McBurney-Pool/Getty Images

Parishioners in Bonnybrook will be worshipping at the altar used at the Papal Mass

A portrait of Dr Barbara Maive Stokes by artist Catherine Creaney is carried into the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI). Photograph: Maxwell Photograph

‘Women on Walls’ campaign started in 2016 at the Royal Irish Academy

Bray-born Bishop Wallace Benn is scheduled to be guest speaker in June at the Irish College of Preachers conference in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/PA.

Accused of mishandling clerical child sex abuse allegations in his Sussex diocese

In a Word

....anniversary. Patsy McGarry

Depression, from Latin depressare; to press down, depress

At the bed’s edge, beaks poised and ready to pick at my fragile psychic threads

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale and England’s Henry Slade during the Ireland V England Six Nations Rugby Championship. Photograph:s Tom Honan

‘The guys that I play with are my really close friends whether they are Christian or not’

This year 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Beckett being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and the 30th anniversary of his death in 1989.

Family church the venue for Nobel laureate’s reimagining of south county Dublin village life

The reading room at the National Archives in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Documents will be sealed for 75 years, with possible review in 2045

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Vatican to conclude the summit of Catholic leaders  on preventing clerical sexual abuse and protecting children. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/Pool Photo via AP

Clerical sexual abuse survivors say change must come from outside Catholic Church

Pope Francis speaks from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Sunday at the Vatican. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Church sees reflection of ‘God’s wrath’ in justified rage of the people, says Pope Francis

In a concluding address at the end of a four-day meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church Pope Francis said empirical explanations were not enough ‘faced with such cruelty, with so much idolatrous sacrifice of children to god power, money, pride’. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In the justified rage of the people the Church sees a reflection of God’s wrath, he said

Pope Francis attending the third day of a summit at the Vatican on sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Photograph: AFP/Vatican media

German cardinal tells Vatican meeting files on clerical child abuse destroyed by bishops

Steve Coogan and John C Reilly in Stan & Ollie
In a word ... laughter

My father and I were at war but peace broke out when Stan & Ollie came on TV

  Pope Francis waves as he arrives for the second day of a global child protection summit   on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/AFP/Getty Images

Cardinal suggests dedicated telephone line to receive allegations at meeting convened by Pope Francis

Tony Walsh performing with the All Priests Show, from the documentary ‘Cardinal Secrets’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Vatican summit on child sexual abuse: Fr Tony Walsh was sentenced in 2010 to a total of 123 years for abuse of one boy

Darren McGavin’s abuse by Tony Walsh ended when he was 11 years old.

Vatican summit on child sexual abuse: Darren McGavin calls for transparency, accountability, and truth from the Church

Catholic Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin said he knows nothing he could say could “undo the terrible wrong” abuse survivors have endured. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘Abuse broke your heart and spirit and sometimes you couldn’t tell anyone for years’

The Church of England introduced contactless payment terminals in its more than 16,000 churches, cathedrals and religious sites with the aim of making portable card readers available. Photograph: Chris Marsh

Roll out of system tracks Church of England move that marked a 97% rise in donations

Pope Francis called this week’s Rome meeting to raise awareness globally about clerical child sexual abuse, highlighting it is not just a “western” problem. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Meeting of senior clergy take place as book claims 80% working in Catholic HQ are gay

“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

Where did Leo Tolstoy come across those boring happy families he wrote about?

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’

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