Sandford Park School Ranelagh – “Protestants are unique in their entitlement to a grant to attend Sandford Park which claims to be non-denominational.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It is that time of the year when interest groups make their case for protection from yet another recessionary budget. Among these groups can be found (...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook for the funeral of Seamus Heaney this morning. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Seamus Heaney filled the world with poetry and prose, but said his goodbye with the simplest of lullabies. Tearful tributes from a lifelong friend and(...)

The policies, applying to all 4,000 Irish primary and post-primary schools, would end waiting lists and prohibit the acceptance of applications for admission any sooner than October 1st in the year preceding the planned year of the student’s enrolment.

Schools will no longer be allowed to charge application fees, operate waiting lists or interview parents or children for school places under new legis(...)

Church of Ireland Primate and Archbishop of Armagh Richard Clarke (above) joined Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Michael Jackson for the opening of a €1.5 million 16-room extension to Wilson’s Hospital School at Multyfarnham near Mullingar yesterday. Photograph: Pacemaker/Arthur Allison.

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn officially opened a new €1.5 million 16-room extension to Wilson’s Hospital School in Co Westmeath yesterday.In 2(...)

All 35,000 tickets for the weekend have been sold out, and it looks like festival-goers will be lucky with the weather.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Campsites at the Electric Picnic venue in Stradbally, Co Laois, will be open from 9am today, with surrounding roads expected to be busy. Gardaí have s(...)

A map showing the location of the medieval monastic enclosure  at Drumholm, near Ballintra, in Co Donegal. Map: Google Maps

The remains of a medieval monastic enclosure which, it is claimed, could be as big a discovery as Clonmacnoise, Inishmurray or Reask in Co Kerry were (...)

Pat Cox: said the values that Columban promoted were essential to the wellbeing and stability of contemporary European society. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

In AD 590, St Columban and his 12 companions sailed from Bangor, Co Down. During the next 20 years he established monasteries in eastern Gaul at Anneg(...)

Poll finds fewer than 60 per cent of students describe themselves as Catholic

A new poll has found that just 37.5 per cent of students who responded “state that they believe in God”, while 66 per cent “don’t believe that religio(...)

Mervyn Kingston (left) at the 2010 Belfast Pride Parade with his partner, Richard O’Leary.

Mervyn Kingston was a priest of the Church of Ireland who affirmed the Church as an integral part of the community life of South Armagh; and who affir(...)

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