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The coffin of  Patsy Dan Rodgers is carried to  St Colmcille’s Church on Tory Island off the coast of Co Donegal for his funeral. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Tory Island, off the north coast of Co Donegal, was flooded with visitors on Thursday for the funeral of its king, Patsy Dan Rodgers. Mr Rodgers was(...)

 Beto O’Rourke, who is taking on  Ted Cruz for his senate seat, is one of ActBlue’s most high-profile clients. Photograph:Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News/Pool via Reuters

A 30-minute drive northwest of Boston, Massachusetts, in the leafy suburb of Somerville, lies the headquarters of ActBlue. This non-profit organisatio(...)

The funeral procession of Emma Mhic Mhathúna passes by Leinster House. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets of Dublin on Wednesday for the funeral cortege of Emma Mhic Mhathúna, a high-profile campaigner in the Cervical(...)

Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980) at home in San Salvador in November 1979. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

There is something about the murder of a priest saying Mass that has always stirred the Christian imagination. The priest is then at his most vulnerab(...)

Archbishop Óscar Romero: In his weekly sermons, broadcast all over he country by Catholic radio stations, he took to reading lists of the latest atrocities by security forces and the death squads in El Salvador. Photograph: Leif Skoogfors/Getty Images

In March of 1968, four Franciscan priests from Ireland, of whom I was one, reported for duty to the diocese of San Miguel in the eastern corner of El (...)

The  Church of the Annunciation, Finglas. The building is to be demolished to make way for a smaller church building. Photograph: Alan Betson

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin will celebrate a final Mass in the Church of the Annunciation, in Finglas West, one of the largest churches in Ir(...)

A sketch by d Alberto Giacometti sold for €650 at Victor Mee’s auction house.

Among the stuffed animals, leather Chesterfields and vintage metallic adverts, a rural Cavan auction house recently had at least two art works by lumi(...)

The stigmata, corresponding to Christ’s crucifixion wounds, first appeared on Padre Pio  100 years ago in September 1918 and lasted until the end of his life. They didn’t deteriorate, nor did they heal and the blood was said to smell of perfume. Photograph:  Massimo Sambucetti

Padre Pio, priest, stigmatist, mystic and one of the world’s most popular saints, will be dead 50 years on Sunday, September 23rd. He has inspired ext(...)

President Michael D Higgins with former ministers, Brendan Daly, Donie Cassidy, Michael Mulcahy. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

For John Mulcahy, journalism and publishing was not just a job or a career, it was his passion, his memorial Mass heard on Thursday. Though ill for (...)

Canon Shane McCaughey: newly appointed parish priest in Castleblayney

“When you are the only priest in town, everyone demands your attention,” says Canon Shane McCaughey. “It can mean you go from one emotional extreme to(...)

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