Pope Francis:  Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin (centre) says the people of Dublin responded with generosity and enthusiasm to his visit. Photograph: Vatican Media/via Reuters

Those who saw the recent visit of Pope Francis as the end of the Catholic Church in Ireland had “really lost the understanding of what the church is,”(...)

The Church of the Annunciation in Finglas West, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The former bishop of Galway, Michael Browne, was given to monumental ways. While he was in Galway, from 1937 to 1976, the city’s cathedral of Our Lady(...)