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“How had the Irish Catholic Church gone from being such a powerful political institution in the late 1960s, with 34,000 priests, nuns and brothers, supported by an income of €1 billion per annum, to almost total collapse 40 years later, and having presided over the systemic abuse of thousands of children and its cover-up?” File photograph: Getty

As a young man I worked as a missionary in the Philippines. By 1973 I had departed the Philippines and the priesthood. On return to Ireland I was app(...)

Gardaí, ambulance services and local fire services were called to the scene of a serious collision involving a car and a van  shortly after 1am on Monday. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A man in his 30s has died following a road collision in Milltown, Co Galway in the early hours of Monday morning. Gardaí, ambulance services and loc(...)

  Jenny Rodden, Three Store manager in Galway, with Eugene and Ronan Greaney from The Dough Bros Wood Fired Pizza, one the businesses that uses the 3Plus app to find new customers. Photo: Andrew Downes/xposure.ie

Originally launched in 2015, Three Ireland’s 3Plus loyalty app is now being used by businesses around Ireland to target users living locally and who m(...)

Cities that have introduced congestion charging have seen tangible improvements in terms of reduced traffic and better air quality.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The establishment of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service has increased the analytic capacity within the Departments of Finance and of(...)

Chris Barrett in action for Mayo during this year’s  All-Ireland championship. Photograph:    ©INPHO/James Crombie

At 5pm on Saturday 30-plus amateurs will play a game of football. They’ll do it in front of over 80,000 at Croke Park, while several hundred thousand (...)

With Diarmuid Connolly unlikely to start for Dublin in Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final, who will Lee Keegan pick up? And who will Mayo’s other track(...)

 Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Chris Barrett celebrate after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo 1-14 Donegal 1-10 Welcome to the bear-pit. If the dream is over, then nobody told Mayo. Not even the summer rain could prevent the Mayo faithfu(...)

Donegal’s Jamei Brennan  and Kerry’s Mark Griffin take a tumble during yesterday’s quarter-final phase two clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It would be hard to imagine a much cagier gathering than the post-match media conferences two-thirds of the way through the Super 8s schedule. Except (...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores a goal past Meath’s substitute goalkeeper Marcus Brennan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo 2-17 Meath 0-14 Hard to know how many more of these Mayo have in them. On a different day against a better team, there’s no guarantee they’d hav(...)

Former Offaly star Sean Lowry in action for Mayo: “Mayo always had that doubt. Behind that swagger there was doubt all the time.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some blame the ‘curse’; others say it’s simply misfortune; many claim it’s a concoction of both, blended together through decades of heartbreak. It’s(...)

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