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John Magner, a native of Castletownroche in North Cork, entered the seminary at St Patrick’s College in Carlow in 1964.

A 70 year old widower will on Sunday fulfill a religious vocation dating back over 50 years when he becomes the newest priest to be ordained in the Di(...)

Sam Maguire was from Co Cork. A member of the Church of Ireland, he was born in the townland of Mallabraca near Dunmanway, West Cork, in March 1877. (...)

 Nyibol Lual (13) works on the land in in Panthau, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. Parts of South Sudan are already in famine and there are fears regions of Somalia will fall into famine over the coming weeks. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty

The scale of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in east Africa is unprecedented and demands an urgent response from governments and the public alike. (...)

Pope Francis and President Michael D Higgins at ease meeting in the Vatican. Photograph: Maxwells

An advantage of being “spiritual” rather than religious, as President Michael D Higgins described himself during his election campaign in 2011, is tha(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl is understood to want a stricter enforcement of the rules. Picture Nick Bradshaw

A prayer should continue to be said at the beginning of business in the Dáil and Seanad, the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges has de(...)

Shrine in Tuam, Co Galway. “The desire to be instruments of what is right is not the monopoly of one religion or, indeed, of religion at all,” said Bishop Paul Colton. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Irish society and churches need to confront the reality of what happened in mother and baby homes and ensure similar scandals are not allowed to happe(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown: “We’ve a lot of priests in Ireland who are in their 70s, who are working right now. Some are in their 80s. In 10 years they’re not going to be working”

Papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown has expressed alarm at the lack of vocations in Ireland, and at the age profile of existing priests. “We’ve a (...)

The impressive interior of St Colman’s Cathedral.

Its soaring sound provided the backdrop to countless prayers of hope for generations of Irish emigrants leaving Cobh for America over the last 100 yea(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone declined to agree a Cabinet position rejecting the latest abortion Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Good morning, and happy International Women’s Day. Yesterday the Dáil grappled with the reality of Ireland’s treatment of women and children in the p(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speech was hewn from previous ones. And, for that, sounded just a little contrived. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

One minute in Dáil Éireann, Enda Kenny was saying all the right things and hitting the nail on the head. A very old nail, driven in a long time ago. (...)

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