Msgr Dermot Pius Farrell (64), has been appointed the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Ossory. File photograph: Catholic Communications Office

A parish priest in Meath who is also a former president of St Patrick’s College in Maynooth has been appointed the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Ossory(...)

That Archbishop Diarmuid Martin can speak of “the closed strange world of seminaries” and of the “poisonous” atmosphere in St Patrick’s College Maynoo(...)

Parents who can’t afford fee-charging schools are effectively paying for those who are already privileged to go to private schools. Photograph: Thinkstock

It’s not unreasonable for students to want the best education possible but do their responsibilities end there? By going to grind schools, or a(...)

Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin. It is understood a decision may be made on Hibernia College around the end of June, although the bishops would make no further comment. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Graduates of teacher training college Hibernia face several more weeks of uncertainty over whether they have been approved by the Catholic Church to t(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin told the church’s newest appointees that being a priest “is not easy”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A former barman was among two priests ordained for the Archdiocese of Dublin in a ceremony at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on Wednesday. Chris Derwin (32) (...)

 Betty McLaughlin, school guidance counsellor at Coláiste Mhuire in Mullingar, Co Westmeath and PRO for the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, discusses third- level options with students. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fee-paying secondary schools have been able to insulate themselves from the worst effects of cuts in guidance counselling services introduced three ye(...)

(From left) Ryan Lawlor, Caoimhe Kelly, Aaron Scully and Elisha McAuley, 5th class pupils from Scoil an Chroi Ró Naofa Íosa, Dublin, tackle a science project at the launch of  the RDS Stem Learning project. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new way to teach science in primary school has received top marks in an independent review carried out by consultants. Developed by the RDS, Dublin (...)

Cardinal Peter Turkson said that Pope Francis was planning to publish a papal encyclical later this year on human ecology. The cardinal is currently visiting Ireland.  File photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis intends to publish an encyclical letter later this year on the theme of human ecology that will explore the relationship between care for(...)

President of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra Daire Keogh in the new library: ‘The beauty of the library is that it will engage with the city; the college was behind the wall for a long time.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Most people’s knowledge of St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra begins and ends at the gates – bypassed by a multitude daily on the airport road. Less w(...)

The four young women who died in a crash near Athy, Co Kildare on Tuesday night have been identified as (from left) Ashling Middleton; Charmaine Carroll; Gemma Nolan and Niamh Doyle

Ashling Middleton Ms Middleton (19) was a second-year student of English and Anthropology at NUI Maynooth. Originally from Rathcoole, Co Dublin, she g(...)