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The figure includes   an unspecified number undergoing a one-year pre-seminary programme for those considering whether they have a vocation. File photograph: Getty Images

A total of 13 men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood in Ireland this year including an unspecified number undergoing a one-year pre-semin(...)

 Dr Margaret Kennedy exposed abuses of intellectually disabled people at the Brothers of Charity-run residence in Kilcornan, Co Galway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Well known disabilities campaigner Dr Margaret Kennedy is among three Irish people to receive Lambeth Awards, announced in London by Archbishop of Can(...)

Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ and Msgr Kevin Gillespie celebrate Mass in St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny, Co Donegal in March. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Catholic churches in Donegal should be open for personal prayer by May 13th, Bishop of Raphoe Alan McGuckian has said. In a letter to faithful in the (...)

‘Pharmacists are so accessible for the public and, in times like this, our accessibility is a unique asset,’ says Tomás Conefrey of  Conefrey’s Pharmacy, Pearse St, Dublin. Photograph: iStock

As one of the first points of contact in the healthcare system, pharmacists are shoring up the frontline during the unprecedented public health emerge(...)

The Garda’s Armed Support Unit assisted with the pursuit of a car in Co Donegal on Friday night after which three suspected were arrested. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A gang tried to put gardaí off their trail by throwing items out of their car during a pursuit in Co Donegal on Friday night. The suspects failed to (...)

Parish priest of Seriate, Don Mario stands by coffins stored in the church of San Giuseppe in Seriate, near Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy  during the country’s lockdown during the  new coronavirus pandemic.  Photograph: Piero Cruciatti/AFP via Getty Images

The Catholic Diocese of Down and Connor has taken the lead in deciding there will be no funeral Masses held during the coronavirus crisis, with other (...)

A homeless man eats food provided by Feed Our Homeless charity at College Green in Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Damien Eagers

A Catholic bishop has described the homeless crisis as “a scandal” which must “be addressed with urgency by any incoming Government”. Bishop of Rapho(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the “biggest investment in rural Ireland ever” as he announced the signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan at an event in Glendalough Co Wicklow. Illustration: Getty

Some 300 towns and villages across Ireland are to get high-speed internet hubs while they await the arrival of the National Broadband Plan. The full l(...)

Bishop-elect Rev Andrew Forster (left) interviews bishop-elect Archdeacon David McClay (right) and Canon David Brown at Willowfield Church, Belfast.

LP Hartley wrote in his 1953 novel The Go-Between that “the past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”. Increasingly Northern Irela(...)

A customs post outside Newry, Co Down. File photograph: Pacemaker

The EU customs union in 1968 abolished tariffs between member states, but it was the introduction of the single market in 1993, based on a common set (...)

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