The funeral hearse  of Phillomena Lynott passes the seafront in Sutton, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

‘Phyllis was not only beautiful on the outside she was also a beautiful soul’, recalls brother

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Patsy McGarry: Bloomsday should be a national holiday

A commemorative play garden  opened at St Audeon’s Park in Dublin on Thursday by Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe, pictured at the fountain with pupils from St Audeon’s and St Francis national schools. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘It’s taken 103 years to get their names together in a single site’ – broadcaster Joe Duffy

Bishop Dermot Farrell has said  ‘inappropriate language and sentiments’ were used during a homily at the Capuchin Friary in Kilkenny last weekend. Photograph: Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Fr Tom Forde also said ‘the only way to deal with zombies is to shoot them’ during address

‘Catholic schools encourage excellence in relationship and sexuality education, and in all learning, while promoting human flourishing in line with authentic Gospel values,’ the bishops say. File photograph: Thinkstock

Faith-based education to be discussed at meeting between churches and Government in July

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘Judging my morality is probably above your pay grade,’ Simon Harris tells parish priest

Funeral, ceremony of burying a dead person. From the Latin funus. Photograph: iStock

Dorothy Parker, when US president Calvin Coolidge died, asked, ‘How can they tell?’

The chapel in  Dublin’s Ilac Shopping Centre has been closed. Management and the Catholic archdiocese seem to be at odds over who made the decision. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish  Times.

Catholic archdiocese and centre’s management cite each other as responsible for move

Fr Dominic Valanmahal. Photograph via Facebook

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin tells church to withdraw offer to Fr Dominic Valanmahal

Poet Patrick Kavanagh, who died in 1967.

Death certificates from 1878 to 1968 also accessible for free on new website

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin says he does not want any more ‘show funerals’ in Dublin for those linked to gangland crime. Photograph: The Irish Times/Dara Mac Dónaill

Martin says those who ‘traffic in evil’ will no longer be able to exploit religious services

 The Rev Dr  William Henry: he will be one of the youngest ever moderators of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Photograph:   Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Rev Dr William Henry of Maze Presbyterian Church in Co Antrim to be installed as moderator of Presbyterian Church in Ireland

Bishop Tobin tweeted: LGBTQ “Pride Month” events “promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Bishop Thomas Tobin’s comments deemed ‘dispiriting’ by Minister and criticised widely

How it can bring us to places of such intense emotion is remarkable and miraculous

Carmel McDonnell Byrne at the Christine Buckley Centre for Education and Support offices in Dublin city centre ahead of her retirement on May 30th. Photograph: Laura Hutton/ The Irish Times

She and seven siblings put in institutions when mother abandoned their home in 1965

Carmel Winters, producer of the film Float Like a Butterfly, at the Traveller Pride Awards  in the Pillar Room at the Rotunda Hospital where she presented the Charleville Women’s group from Cork with the award for arts and culture. Photograph: James Forde

The Traveller Pride Awards are co-ordinated by the Irish Traveller Movement

The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

Interview: On the 10th anniversary of the report’s publication, Ryan looks back

One of the things that stuck Mr Justice Seán Ryan’s  mind during the years when the commission heard evidence was the extraordinary number of people held in institutions over those decades in Ireland. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Ten years ago, Seán Ryan’s definitive report shed light on some of Ireland’s darkest secrets

Those at the launch heard that it was more than 25 years since the late Christine Buckley 'started what became a crusade that forced the truth out into the open'. File photograph: Charlie Collins

Tributes paid to those who endured and then campaigned in what became a ‘crusade for truth’

Church of Ireland Primate  Archbishop Richard Clarke  delivered the presidential address at the opening session of the Church of Ireland General Synod which began in Derry on Thursday morning. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Archbishop Richard Clarke says discourse ‘pointing back to that terrible decade of the 1930s’

Catholic pilgrims pray in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary near the Medjugorje church. Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Inquiry continues into claims of Virgin Mary appearances

Controversial US pastor Steven L Anderson thanked Ireland for banning him because he was getting lots of extra listeners.  Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Steven Anderson ‘not unhappy’ at Minister’s move as it has drawn attention to his views

Pope Francis is photographed  during a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Priests’ group says it appears ‘men are more worthy than women’ in eye of offical church

Christine Buckley and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at a ceremony in The Aislinn Centre in March 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘These people, their lives had been ruined’: Former taoiseach recalls his role in State response

The late Christine  Buckley with Bertie Ahern: She had “a very clear view about the importance of the State’s responsibility and the apology.” Photograph: Charlie Collins

‘The effect of apology I had underestimated. I did not think it would mean as much’

The congregations have yet to pay in full compensation deals reached in 2002 and 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

About €250m of €1.5bn has been paid to survivors from agreements in 2002 and 2009

The hearse carrying the remains of Eugene McGee, led out by his daughter Linda on the trike he purchased for her, leaves St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford following his funeral mass on Thursday afternoon as the members of his 1982 winning team form a guard of honour. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Funeral held in Longford of manager whose team ended Kerry’s bid for five titles in a row

There was blood everywhere and he went roaring for our mother. Photograph: iStock

I tried and failed to kill my brother twice – once with a shoe, once with a hatchet

 Pope Francis  during the weekly general audience in St Peters Square, Vatican City. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Move is part of effort to hold Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect flocks

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. . . anthropomorphism

Members of Saoradh after they marched in Dublin on the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Rising: The State must stop legitimising 1916 retrospectively. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Rite&Reason: Blasphemy of 1916 leaders hijacking the execution of Christ left unquestioned

 Archbishop Eamon Martin: he said the shrine to St Oliver Plunkett “will honour all the martyrs of yesterday, today and tomorrow”

Archbishop Eamon Martin to unveil shrine to his martyred predecessor as archbishop of Armagh, St Oliver Plunkett

Pastor Steven Anderson. Photograph:

Pastor banned from all 28 EU countries except Ireland set to speak here

Offaly manager Eugene McGee makes his way onto the Croke Park  pitch before the start of the 1982 All-Ireland SFC Final against Kerry. Photograph:   Ray McManus/Sportsfile

A ‘straight-talking man of great integrity’ he managed the Offaly side that halted the Kerry’s five-in-a-row

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’

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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

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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

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