Josepha Madigan said it  “should not come a source of surprise to see a woman on the altar including in the priesthood itself”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church has a blind spot when it comes to inclusion of the marginalised or stigmatised, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht J(...)

 Islamic Republic of Iran ambassador Dr Masoud Eslami meets Mick Wallace and Clare Daly at a reception to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.  Photograph: Tom Honan

The common histories of Ireland and Iran in fighting for independence were recalled on Monday at an event in Dublin marking the 40th anniversary of th(...)

The new Bishop of Clogher Larry Duffy

The episcopal ordination of the new Bishop of Clogher Larry Duffy took place at St Macartan’s Cathedral in Monaghan on Sunday. It follows the announc(...)

The kitchen with its stained glass windows.

Behind this slick church conversion in the sleepy Co Limerick village of Ballyneety there lies a lifetime of labour – 27 years spent making this rural(...)

The survey’s findings contrast with the accepted picture of gradual decline and aging congregations reported by the older, more traditional churches. Photograph: iStock

A new survey has identified more than 500 non-mainstream churches across Ireland. Of those, 58 per cent have grown in size over the last five years wh(...)

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae suggested the Taoiseach had done a grave disservice to the struggling Irish beef sector.

Beef farmers were very annoyed with the Taoiseach recently for daring to remark that he is trying to cut down on the amount of red meat he eats. Such (...)

John Horan: became the first GAA president to address either house of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster House is covered in protective screens, as refurbishment on the parliament building continues. They provide an opportune canvas for proclaimi(...)

Mark Ronan, the new headmaster of King’s Hospital school in Dublin. Photograph: Chris Bellew/ Fennells

Not so long ago boarding schools were in steady decline. The shift in how society values family life, along with the economic downturn, all played the(...)

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle during her visit to Dublin with Prince Harry in July, 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Irish roots of the UK’s Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, have been confirmed in records released today. They show that her great-great-great gra(...)

The Wilder hotel on Adelaide Road in Dublin 2. Built circa 1878 as a home for “aged governesses and unmarried females”, the formidable seven-bay Dublin building has had a long history. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anyone walking along Harcourt Terrace, a quiet backwater adjacent to the Grand Canal, with its mix of handsome Regency and Victorian houses, will be s(...)

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