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Currently there are 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland for a population of approximately 4.5 million faithful on the island as a whole.  Photograph: iStock

One Catholic bishop is to be appointed to two west of Ireland dioceses following a Vatican decision that could mean further reductions of such bishops(...)

Many parts of the country now have 14-day incidence rates of more than 1,000 per 100,000. File photograph: The Irish Times

Covid-19 cases have surged by 57 per cent in the last week with the number of hot spots for the virus growing all the time. The 14-day incidence rat(...)

Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan consecrated the columbarium in Ennis’s cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Photograph: Killaloe Diocese/Catholic Communications Office

In what is believed to be a first in Ireland, a Catholic bishop has consecrated a columbarium in his cathedral wherein the cremated remains of parishi(...)

Land owned by the church was not really owned by bishops or priests, he said. Photograph: iStock

The retired Bishop of Killaloe Willie Walsh has said that the church should be doing everything it could to help address the housing crisis. Bishop W(...)

A spokeswoman for Elphin diocese saidt he sacrament of Confirmation takes place from mid-August to early October and all parishes are free to postpone previously scheduled dates. Photograph: iStock

A limited number of Confirmations will take place in Meath’s Catholic diocese this month, though the majority of ceremonies will be in September and O(...)

First Holy Communion celebrants at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 2019. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More Catholic bishops have given the go-ahead for First Holy Communions and Confirmations to take place later this month. However, Bishop Denis Nulty(...)

The stunning Loop Head in  Co Clare. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

From the Cliffs of Moher to Loop Head and the Burren, this county has plenty to offer Many years ago, in my first job in travel, I guided a bus (...)

‘First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies are to be deferred until further notice’.

The Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has described as “grossly disrespectful” and “almost cavalier” the manner in which churches were told thi(...)

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Archbishop of Cashel-Emly Kieran O’Reilly, has described as “disappointing” a HSE letter recommending the diocese defer first holy communion and c(...)

No matter where you are on the island, experienced runner Conor O'Keeffe has a route picked for you.  Please remember the maps be(...)

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