Pope Francis lights a candle at the Knock Shrine in Co Mayo last year. It is 140 years today since 15 local people said they  saw an apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist, and a lamb in the village. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/AFP/Getty Images.

It was very wet that evening in Knock on August 21st, 1879, 140 years ago today, when 15 local people saw the apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John t(...)

The Government plans to build  42 new schools  over the next four years.

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has invited school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of six new post-primary schools to be established next y(...)

Fagan’s pub. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What’s so good about it? You’d be hard pressed to find a leafy suburban neighbourhood feel this close to Dublin city centre. The area is friendly and(...)

Church services

CATHEDRALS National Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Dublin THE NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY - 9.15 EUCHARIST said in the Lady Chapel. 11.15 CHORAL EUCHARIS(...)

Just as, from a secular perspective, different cultures can enrich one another, so differing churches can do likewise. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), along with many other bilateral theological dialogues, is a fruit of the Second Vatican (...)

Daisy Goodwin: ‘The Irish don’t need anyone to tell them about the Famine, but the English do’

Daisy Goodwin’s ancestor, the Church of Ireland clergyman in Schull, Robert Traill spent most of his savings on Famine relief in 1846, before dying of(...)

Sir Hugh Orde, when  he became chief constable of the PSNI in 2002. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Former Police Service of Northern Ireland chief constable, Sir Hugh Orde is one of the few people who actually made practical progress on dealing w(...)

Huntington Castle, in Co Carlow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

ALEXANDER DURDIN ROBERTSON AND HIS WIFE, CLARE, ARE PRESERVING A STORIED FEMALE FAMILY PAST WITH LINKS BACK TO GRACE O’MALLEY, IRELAND’S PIRATE QUE(...)

Fred Deane, caretaker at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Standing before the impressive Neo-Romanesque doorway of St Ann’s Church of Ireland on Dublin’s Dawson Street, Fred Deane is handing out leaflets for (...)

Lafcadio Hearn, shown with his wife, Koizumi Setsu. A writer of mixed Greek and Anglo-Irish blood, Hearn became the chief interpreter of the Japanese way of life to the West

One hundred and fifteen years after his death, Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese ghost stories have not lost their power to shock and enthral. The reader of (...)

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