Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

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 A Nativity stained glass scene at the Abbey Stained Glass Studios in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

At carol services in cathedrals and churches across these islands, the celebration of Christmas Eve truly begins with the well-loved carol ‘Once in Ro(...)

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is one of the comforting and stable traditions of Christmas throughout the English-speaking world. It has beco(...)

All religions have their talismans, items and places of faith: Monday sees the start of a nationwide tour of the relics of St Anthony

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Pope Francis kisses a baby Jesus statue as he leads the midnight Christmas Mass in Saint Peters Basilica at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Pope Francis addressed the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in his homily on Christmas Eve, urging those “intoxicated” by possessions and superfici(...)

Members of Filipino Cork Community dancing at the St Patrick’s Day parade  in Cork City. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Cork Broadcaster and rugby pundit George Hook said he was “blown away” with emotion after serving as grand marshal in the St Patrick’s Day parade in C(...)

Dr Eamon Martin  at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Primate of the Catholic Church, has praised the progress made by policitians in the North in recent days but warned again(...)

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Festival Fit: Breaking Trad

The bar for this year’s festival gigs has been set unexpectedly early. It’d be easy to be dismissive of Temple Bar Tradfest, writing it off as an e(...)