Mary Robinson: “The latest science makes it clear that the world needs to reach zero carbon emissions globally by 2050 to maximise chances of staying below 2 degrees and to make 1.5 degrees feasible.” Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Two-thirds of known fossil-fuel reserves must be left in the ground if global warming is to be kept at less that 2 degrees above pre-industrial level(...)

Fr Alphonsus Cullinan has been appointed the new Bishop of Waterford and Lismore by Pope Francis. Photograph: John Mc Elroy.

A 55 year old Clareman and late vocation to the priesthood has been appointed the new Catholic Bishop of Waterford & Lismore. Fr Alphonsus Cullina(...)

Last June the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said that in the archdiocese just two priests were under 40, while 44 were aged between 70 and 75 and “in the next four or five years will be going into a more retired sort of life”.

A total of 57 men have entered seminaries to study for the Catholic priesthood in England and Wales this year, compared to 14 in Ireland. This is desp(...)

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. “(...)

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