“It started with ploughing. It’s grown beyond our expectations. We have no intention of growing the event larger than it is today,” says Anna May McHugh, managing director of the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

If you look at the list of exhibitors at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, you will find the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcem(...)

Former bishop of Derry Edward Daly died on Sunday aged 82.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has led the tributes to the retired bishop of Derry, Dr Edward Daly, who died on Monday at the age of 82. Mr Higgins said (...)

Methodist notes

Rev Bill Mullally, president of the Methodist Church in Ireland, took part in the National Day of Commemoration multi-faith service held last Sunday a(...)

 Dignitaries lay wreaths during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial on July 1st, 2016 in Thiepval, France. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/Getty Images

The Somme has somehow become a river of Ulster, a centenary commemorative service was told in France Friday. In an address at the Ulster Tower, near (...)

UCC’s chaplaincy costs  €125,000 a year. Image: Google Streetview

All third-level colleges will be required to ensure State-funded chaplains are hired in line with public sector recruitment rules within the next 12 m(...)

A Co Antrim father and son have been ordered to stand trial accused of a £300,000 fraud by supplying cheaper glass instead of fire resistant standard.(...)

Teacher Amy Looney with 2nd class pupils,  (from left): Amelia Ziembra (7), Kamile Kisieliute (7), Haliyat Giwa (7), Dylan Keogh (7), Julien Bell Baho (8) and Adam Al Jabar (8), at Citywest & Saggart Community National School, with a display titled ‘Our Beliefs’ Space’, featuring  symbols of all the major religions. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It is five years since former minister for education Ruairí Quinn set up the Forum for Patronage and Pluralism, aimed at ensuring our primary-school s(...)

The Movilla Abbey Methodist Flower Festival 2016 takes place from 10am Friday, May 20th to Sunday, May 22nd at 5pm.
Methodist notes

Last week the leaders of the four main churches, including the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Brian Anderson, met members of the Pa(...)

Next Thursday the General Synod will begin its annual three-day meeting, which this year will be held in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire. In a(...)

Worshippers wearing the Montserrat national dress of 'Irish tartan' attend mass in the town of Lookout. Customs officers stamp shamrocks in the passports of visitors to this tiny West Indies island. Photograph:Frank Miller

When Donaldson Romeo was a young black portrait artist fighting deportation from Britain, he never dreamed that within a short few years he would be (...)

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