A lone worshipper in the Church of St Thérèse, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin. Churches remain open private prayer during Level 5 restrictions. File photograph: Bryan O Brien

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has promised to consider reopening churches and other places of worship for regular services under Level 3 of Covid-19 restri(...)

Tara Dalton, with her children Daniel (12) and Ella Rose, (9) at home in Monkstown; her husband Des Vallely, suffered serious brain injury in a cycling accident in January.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last New Year’s Eve, when midnight struck to welcome in 2020, Tara Dalton kissed her husband Des Vallely and said “it can’t be any worse than last yea(...)

The car park at St Brendan’s church in  Coolock, Dublin, stands empty last March as Fr Paddy Stanley celebrates Sunday Mass broadcast live via webcam. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There have been further calls for churches to be allowed open for public worship as Level 5 restrictions advise otherwise across Ireland. These state (...)

Thomas Charlton (1702–1792) used his will to improve the chances of others. His bequest provided a kind of seed-funding for start-ups, except that all the start-ups were weddings

As mentioned in John Connell’s The Running Book, which I reviewed elsewhere in this paper recently, Co Longford may once have been home to the real-li(...)

Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop John McDowell is one of four church leaders who have signed the letter, which is published in Monday’s Financial Times

The UK Internal Market Bill will have “enormous moral, as well as political and legal, consequences” if passed into law, the four Anglican primates of(...)

Robert Mockler.

“Sometimes people think you don’t make sense when you’re talking, but sometimes, when I’m speaking to people without DLD, they don’t make any sense to(...)

Running in the Aughrim Climate Action Park are Fr Gerard Geraghty (front) Rev John Godfrey. Photograph: Gerry Stronge

Two priests, one Catholic and one Church of Ireland, are to go on the run in their east Galway parish as a way of combating the impact of further rest(...)

Jack Chambers, Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht. Photograph:  Fran Veale

All EY Irish Hockey League matches have been postponed until further notice following a Government announcement on Wednesday of the removal of the sen(...)

Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It is understood that Fianna Fáil’s Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath and Jack Chambers, Minister of State for Sport and Gae(...)

Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop John McDowell (above) and Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson said they ‘recognised that very difficult situations and emotions can arise from the management of care towards the end of a life’.

The Church of Ireland Archbishops have called for sensitivity in discussing end of life issues as the Dying with Dignity Bill in the Dáil goes to Comm(...)

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