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Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy  confirmed that ‘there will be lay-led public prayers in Churches across the diocese on Tuesday morning.’ Photograph: Arthur Ellis

Masses will not be said at any church in the Diocese of Limerick next Tuesday, April 25th – the first time since Catholic Emancipation in 1829 that t(...)

Search team  members on the beach at Belmullet, Co Mayo, as efforts to locate missing the Coast Guard helicopter crew continue. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

High winds and a heavy Atlantic swell is hampering the continued search for the three airmen missing from Rescue 116, the Irish Coast Guard Dublin-bas(...)

An Irish coastguard helicopter near to Blacksod Lighthouse, Co Mayo where the search continues for debris from Rescue 116. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Bad weather is hampering the search for the Rescue 116 helicopter flight recorder in Atlantic waters close to the Blackrock lighthouse, 13 km west of (...)

Image of engineers using ground penetrating radar at the site of a mass grave of up to 800 children at the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, County Galway. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

A Catholic bishop has told the Citizens’ Assembly that the revelations from Tuam made us “hang our heads in shame”. Bishop of Limerick Dr Brendan Le(...)

Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick (left) with  Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin. Bishop Leahy said falling Mass attendances and a shortage of priests could soon mean some churches in Limerick ‘will have Mass every second Sunday or one Sunday a month’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Falling Mass attendances and a shortage of priests could soon mean some churches in Limerick “will have Mass every second Sunday or one Sunday a month(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he would no longer send seminarians to Maynooth because of ‘strange goings-on’ at the college. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fourteen of the 26 Catholic diocesan bishops in Ireland have so far indicated they will continue to send seminarians to Maynooth, with some saying the(...)

Organist Alexandria Herasymowa accompanied by her daughter Malgoorzata (3) plays and sings at the Polish Mass in St Michael’s Church in Limerick. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Once a month, St Michael’s Church in Limerick is filled with the beautifully sung strains of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah. Nothing unusual the(...)

A motion to establish a working group to explore and scope out how and where women can play a leadership role in the governance of the church received the highest number of priority votes at the Limerick Diocesan Synod. File photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Women need to play a much more important role in the church, the first Synod in Ireland in 50 years has been told. Some 400 delegates spent three day(...)

Bishop Brendan Leahy called the synod a wonderful “distilling of the wisdom of the listening that has gone on across the 60 parishes of our diocese of Limerick”. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

The Catholic Church must apologise for failing to recognise the role and contribution of women in the church, Ireland’s first diocesan synod in 50 yea(...)

A Limerick couple who lost their premature baby son have discovered the plot he was buried in was later sold for adult burials. No record was kept of (...)

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