“My favourite has to be Kill Kenny. A guy here told me it’s named after that boy in South Park.”

Patsy McGarry: ‘I just love placenames here. Kill Dare, Killbeggin, Kill Kenny’

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast is to close after 185 years.

Maynooth and Irish College in Rome are the remaining seminaries for diocesan priests

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin makes announcements regarding the Festival of Families. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Prelate accepts responsibility for removal of same-sex pictures in booklets for gathering

Pope France will sit among the people on a platform “about 2ft high”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis opts to sit among the faithful and not on stage with dignitaries at Croke Park

Rev Trevor Johnston, a member of the committee that set up the highly conservative Global Anglican Future Conference Ireland group. Photograph: ASCBelfast.com

Northern Irish cleric Rev Trevor Johnston says ‘God seen as redundant’ in Republic

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said concerning clerical child sex-abuse scandals that young people’s “disgust at what happened is deep-rooted”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Catholics must learn new ways in which they can win young hearts,’ says Diarmuid Martin

A total of 353,874 tickets were sold   for Pope Francis’ Mass in the Phoenix Park on the first day they went on sale. Photograph:  Andrew Medichini/AP

Over 353,000 tickets for pope’s Phoenix Park Mass booked on first day, says bishop

Former president Mary McAleese: “The church can become an enormous power, a surging power, a tsunami of good in the world.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ex-president says pope can also be ‘puzzling’ and church’s record on women is ‘poor’

Storming the Bastille

The myth of great heroism behind the French revolution was fake news

On the day of the papal Mass in the Phoenix Park stewards will be supported by Garda-vetted personnel. Photograph: Google Street View

Stewards to be provided with uniform and undertake training ahead of the occasion

Souvenir stamps for the World Meeting of Families gathering

Stamps on religious topics ‘always really popular with those attending events’

Matthew and Geraldine Stout lead the dig at Newgrange. Photograph: Seamus Farrelly

The first research excavations at the Co Meath site in more than 30 years have begun

Fr Tony Coote, who has motor neuron disease. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Walk While You Can: Fr Tony Coote travelling Ireland to raise funds to tackle disease

 Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect (head) of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, said “priests are not the best people to train others for marriage”. Photograph: Getty Images

Cardinal Kevin Farrell says priests have no credibility when it comes to training people for marriage

A shrine in the corner of an enclosed area on part of the site of the former mother and baby home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Many locals want only a memorial, while families favour total forensic excavation

An Post delivered a parcel by drone from Roonagh Pier in Mayo to Clare Island.

Delivery was 'prelude where similar flights to hard-to-reach locations are concerned'

The assembly decided same-sex couples could no longer be full members of the church, nor could their children be baptised. Photograph: Pacemaker

Ministers and elders express ‘hurt, dismay and anger’ following recent decisions

A file image of Pope John Paul II departing Ireland after his 1979 visit. An Oireachtas committee has heard that a 1981 document penned by him remains central to how sex education is taught in many of the State’s secondary schools. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times.

Head of Joint Managerial Body addresses Oireachtas committee as part of RSE review

What more worthy regional accent was there in Ireland than that of Douglas Hyde?

Pope Francis   attended   the World Council of Churches in Geneva last month and will visit Ireland in August. Photograph: Getty Images

Summaries of what is discussed will be forwarded to Pope Francis

Pope Francis and Cardinal Kevin Farrell. Photograph: Diocese of Dallas

Pope Francis, ‘unnoticed, has gradually been putting women into positions of power’

 Pope Francis  greeting Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach’s criticism based on ‘false facts and inaccurate jabber published in the papers’

Pope Francis delivers his speech to the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter’s Square on Sunday. Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

There are currently no plans to make extra tickets available for Knock visit

 Samson ‘Sam’ Mann (56) will be ordained a Spiritan priest – the first ordination for the Irish province of the Spiritans in 17 years, on Sunday, July 1st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Three new priests are being ordained in Ireland this week, in an era of dwindling vocations

Pope Francis is due to visit Ireland in August. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

One man who will not be attending papal Mass claims to have secured 800 tickets

Church of Ireland  Bishop Harold Miller. Photograph:  Diocese of Down and Dromore

Bishop Harold Miller says he ‘never once heard anyone speak harshly, in anger, aggressively’

Two Church of Ireland bishops’ attendance at Gafcon has been described as  “an absolute disgrace”. Photograph: iStock

Church of Ireland dean accuses conferenceof ‘tactical use of homophobic rallying calls’

Pope Francis waves as he leaves Geneva on June 21st  after a one-day visit at the invitation of the WWC. Phopotgraph:  AFP

Tickets for Knock and papal Mass in Phoenix Park available free from Monday morning

We had street gangs which began collecting tyres at New Year’s for the June bonfire

Former president of Ireland Dr Mary McAleese was installed as Lay Canon by Dean Dermot Dunne at   a Service of Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘You can’t impose, really, obligations on people who are only two weeks old’

Former president of Ireland, Dr Mary McAleese, and her husband, Martin McAleese, at a Service of Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Conscience in the Catholic Church is supreme, above teachings of Pope and bishops

 Sister Josephine (left), Sister Gabrielle (right)  (and their  youngest sister Ann (centre), who later left religious life. Photo courtesy of the Murray family

Teens left Ireland in 1951 to teach in first free Texan Catholic school for African Americans

Pope Francis will visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in August. File photograph: Martial Trezzini/AFP/Getty Images

Total of 500,000 passes available for Phoenix Park visit with 4,000 more stewards needed

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, chairperson and speaker of the Federal National Council of the the United Arab Emirates parliament, received an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from DCU. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography.

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi ‘a figure of great historical significance’, Dr Martin McAleese says

We began our day at the Martello Tower in Sandycove where ‘Stately plump, Buck Mulligan’ began ‘Ulysses’

Anna May McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson

Others taking part include George Mitchell, Mickey Harte and Anna May McHugh

The bishops  have called on politicians “who courageously defended the right to life of the unborn child” before last month’s abortion referendum to continue to do so “as a matter of principle”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Not respecting conscientious objections of medical staff a potential ‘great injustice’

Decision linked to declining demand and proliferation of other agencies

Bishop Paul Colton

Attitudes within churches ‘seems to be becoming more polarised, not less so’

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin announce publication of Pope Francis’s itinerary for the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Access to all events by ticket, so no need to storm heaven with well-intentioned novenas

Independents 4 Change TD Clare Daly with Paul Redmond  of the Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors at a press conference at Buswells Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Survivors group says religious orders are ‘extorting the Government over past crimes’

Members of the Together for Yes Campaign call for abortion reform in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Anxiety at ‘spiritual malaise in that country and a determination to deny God’s word’

Archbishop  Diarmuid Martin of Dublin,  and Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin announce   Pope Francis’s itinerary for the World Meeting of Families 2018. Photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill

Gay families welcome at World Meeting of Families events in Dublin, says Primate

(From left) Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, president and host of WMOF2018; and Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, announce the publication of Pope Francis’s itinerary for the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Numbers attending Phoenix Park Mass limited to 600,000, and 45,000 at Knock Shrine

I went silent, wondering whether the taxi driver was bored or tired and just did not want conversation

Ursula Halligan of the We Are Church Ireland group which has started a petition calling on the pope to change Vatican theological language “that is gravely insulting to LGBTQI people”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New Testament ‘unambiguously regards homosexual activity as contrary to nature’

Pope Francis will attend the Festival of Families in Croke Park on the evening of Saturday August 25th. Photograph:   Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Organisers appeal for more volunteers to assist with management of events

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Pontiff’s Phoenix Park Mass is expected to be the largest-ever ticketed event

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has agreed its moderator should meet  Pope Francis during his two-day visit here in August.  Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Ties with Church of Scotland loosened over latter’s recognition of same-sex marriage

NBSC chief executive Teresa Devlin  said “we believe that the upturn in reporting of abuse is linked to the media reporting of high profile abuse cases”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Most of the 135 allegations of abusive behaviour reported in last year occurred before 2000

Members of the public wait outside the Mansion House in Dublin to greet survivors of the Magdalene laundries. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The nun ‘locked the two of us into the oratory all night long with a corpse’

Jenny Attridge, from Bantry, Co Cork,  arriving for the  ‘Dublin Welcomes Home the Magdalenes’ event  at the Mansion House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Banquet held in Dublin’s Mansion House for some 230 people incarcerated in laundries

 Magdalene survivors Breda Duffy and Martha Osmond, who were together in the Limerick Magdalene laundry. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

First time for many to speak freely to other women incarcerated in the laundries


Most take á la carte approach to faith and opt to go without regular church attendance

Pope Francis  has not changed church teaching on homosexuality. He has just interpreted it differently. Photograph: AFP Photo

Analysis: Faithful have the right to act in conscience and freedom when making moral decisions

Along came German-Swiss watchmaker Johann Jacob Schweppe who took Priestly’s invention and manufactured bottled carbonated mineral(...)

Angela Copley set up a support group for clerical child abuse survivors in Dublin’s Ballyfermot. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘To say I was humbled and honoured to have her in my life would be an understatement’

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan. Photograph: Diocese of Limerick

Alphonsus Cullinan questions ‘the critical thinking ability of the Irish’

A cross at Wytschaete military cemetery which remembers the Irish who died in the liberation of the village during the Battle of Messines Ridge in June 1917. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy.

Cross-community delegation marking upcoming centenary of end of first World War


Practice known about for decades; the only thing new is its acknowledgement

RTÉ received 1,277 complaints in relation to the controversial ‘Claire Byrne Live Referndum Special’ programme broadcast on May 14th last.

More than 90% of those contacting broadcaster felt Yes campaign treated unfairly

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran was a guest on Today with Sean O’Rourke.

Voters were almost all educated in church-run schools

Michael Burrows (left), the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cashel, Ferns, and Ossory, at the ordination of former  Green Party leader Trevor Sargent as a priest last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Michael Burrows says repeal of Eighth shows Irish society ‘dislikes hypocrisy’

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton announcing plans to reform of school admissions at Government Buildings, Dublin earlier this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Legislation removing baptism barrier to be discussed in Dáil this week

Bishop Kevin Doran (left) said the notion that the church would insist on repentance was not new. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kevin Doran says he believes Catholics who backed repeal of the Eighth committed a sin

Archbishop Eamon Martin: “We have elevated the right to personal choice above the fundamental right to life itself”

‘This country is now on the brink of legislating for a liberal abortion regime’

As I arrived into Aldergrove airport, I realised – horror of horrors – I had left my passport in Dublin

Irene Mooney and her granddaughter Caoimhe Mooney visiting St Jude’s church on Friday. Photograph Tom Honan

‘We’ve great faith in prayer and that prayer will help that we’d have a No vote majority’

Pope Francis is due to attend the World Meeting of Families, which is to take place in Dublin between August 21st and 26th. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Partial indulgence for people unable to attend who follow event via broadcast media

‘Loneliness is a problem which faces too many of our people, and in particular older people,’ said Minister of State Sean Kyne. Photograph: Alan Betson

2016 Census showed almost 400,000 people in Ireland live alone

Pro Life Campaign: ‘A lot of Mass goers intend to vote Yes’

Call comes after Pro Life Campaign letter to Bishop of Waterford and Lismore said ‘a lot of Massgoers intend to vote Yes’

Dr Ali Selim: “The Eighth Amendment protects pregnant women against taking a hasty decision.”

Dr Ali Selim says repeal will contribute towards an older population structure

David Begg insisted however that he was ‘not an absolutist in this matter’. File photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

David Begg said he ‘cannot in conscience vote to repeal’

Mary McAleese: the former president said the Chilean bishops’ resignation seemed to her “a huge acceptance of responsibility”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Resignation of Chilean bishops ‘a very, very important development’, says Mary McAleese

Archbishop Eamon Martin said repeal of the  Eighth Amendment would ‘pave the way for a very liberal abortion regime in Ireland’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Rival doctors’ groups set out arguments on repeal as polling day approaches

The late Bishop Christopher Jones was a former president, of Accord, the Catholic marriage care service. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘He was one of nature’s gentlemen, most faithful friend, a lovely gentle pastor’

The killjoys know no limits – they appear to have proven that every little pleasure this side of the grave is life-theatening

Marie Collins with Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley (right) at the Vatican in 2014. File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Irish abuse survivor says clerics should face disciplinary process over alleged cover-up

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has urged parishes to hold “a special moment of prayer for life” over the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Repeal would ‘bring about a radical change to our broad pro-life culture’

Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony  at Together for Yes HQ, Upper Mount Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘We are real people not just hard cases to be dismissed or debated in an abstract way’

 Bishop of Limerick  and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon. Photograph: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick

Opinion: Were they around today, theologians of the past could be excommunicated

Claire Byrne: hosted debate

Great heat, little light on Claire Byrne Live

From left, Sr Aurea Dias, Sr Sharon Fagan, Sr Julie Watson, Sr Neneth Robledo and Sr Anne McDermott.

Birth of founder Nano Nagle marked by lantern walk through streets of Cork

Pope Francis blesses a child at the end of his pastoral visit in Loppiano, central Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Catholic primate Eamon Martin lauds papal bulletin for World Communications Day

‘Remember ’98’ should be the battle cry of Connacht people in Bilbao today

‘Divestment from all fossil fuels is the right thing to do’

Archbishop Richard Clarke said that “as the Archbishops of today we are entitled to come to a judgment”. Photograph:   LiamMcArdle.com

Proposed unrestricted abortion for 12 weeks ‘ethically unsustainable’

 Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell said  “once abortion was introduced it has proved extremely difficult to restrict”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Real issue not about difficult pregnancies but the unborn defenceless child

In August 2016 the Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said he would no longer send trainee priests from the diocese to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, because of a worrying ‘atmosphere’ at the national seminary. Photograph: Getty Images

Future of the seminarians unclear after they are sent home from Irish College in Rome

‘We recognise in this broken and sinful world that hard and difficult circumstances arise.’ File Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

‘God’s word and science agree that life begins at conception’

There have been so many announcements in recent years of the death of the inventor of predictive text

Marie Donnelly at a press event held by nurses and midwives to publicly call for a No vote in the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Nurses say proposed abortion legislation could mean nurses giving up jobs on conscience grounds

Archbishop Eamon Martin: “In light of much public discussion about LGBT and gender issues, it is important that we, in Catholic schools, also evaluate the support offered to students who are facing new and deep questions relating to their sexual identity as they mature.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eamon Martin says no place for bullying or homophobia in Catholic schools

Prof  Patricia Casey: “I don’t think anybody I know would want to see a woman die because of a complex pregnancy.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Patricia Casey says Bill the Government intends to introduce should amendment be repealed ‘very vague’

Closer proximity to pigs and cattle  lowers the risk of allergic sensitivity, according to  research published in the UK medical journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Living close to a livestock farm likely to reduce allergies, research finds

Fr Gerard Desmond (72) has been working in Peru for 11 years.

Fr Gerard Desmond hit with revolver butt and shot in legs during robbery in Lima

The Presbyterian Church is in favour of retaining the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Frank Miller / THE IRISH TIMES

Proposed law ‘regressive, incompatible with human dignity and morally unacceptable’

Roger Kask (6) from Booterstown with a snake at Pets in the City supported by the DSPCA and King of Paws in Smithfield Square, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Idea is to encourage people to bring their dogs out and encourage good pet ownership’

An American priest asked me whether the word had anything to do with fish?

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