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Above, Fr Paddy Stanley saying Mass in St Brendan’s Church, Coolock. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leaders of Ireland’s main churches have invited people to take part in prayers throughout the island on Palm Sunday, 3pm-4pm. They have also paid (...)

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Catholic priests are coming under continuing pressure to hold funeral Masses, particularly in rural Ireland, despite Government restrictions due to co(...)

Archdeacon of Belfast George Davison (55) has been elected as bishop of Connor

The newly elected Church of Ireland bishop of Connor is Archdeacon of Belfast George Davison (55). He succeeds Bishop Alan Abernethy, who retired at t(...)

Pope Francis arrives to lead a Mass to close a three-week synod of Amazonian bishops at the Vatican. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

A Catholic priests’ group has said it will continue to advocate for the ordination of women within the Church. Speaking ahead of the Irish Associati(...)

The Taoiseach’s remarks “will awaken and give a focus to the sleeping giant of traditional Catholicism”. Photograph: Tom Honan

The recent Dáil exchange in which Taoiseach Leo Varadkar compared Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to “one of those parish priests who preaches from (...)

Clare Island Lighthouse.

Mayo has long been a favoured destination for lovers of the great outdoors. It’s also a firm favourite for those who love great hotels. Put them toget(...)

Jake Bagnell has not been seen since Friday, January 25th

A 13-year-old boy is missing from his Co Mayo home since Friday morning. Gardaí on Saturday issued an appeal in an effort to find Jack Bagnell from (...)

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

Speculation that the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin is about to step down has intensified following a recent interview, which observers felt re(...)

The report found that upgrade works are needed to protect four beaches with poor quality bathing water at Clifden, Co Galway;  Merrion Strand, Loughshinny; and Sandymount strands in Co Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There are 38 towns and villages across the State discharging raw sewage into the environment, according to a new report from the Environmental Protect(...)

Preparations under way at the papal cross in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, for the visit of Pope Francis as part of the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Unlike Pope John Paul II in 1979 who, with his training as an actor, took to the Irish stage with alacrity, Pope Francis will be chewing on his lip as(...)

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