Archbishop Eamon Martin at the graves of his predecessors in Armagh: ‘I found myself sharing with them in prayer the sincere hopes that I, and the other church leaders in Ireland, have for the centenary service.’ Photograph: Janet Forbes

Side by side, beneath a large Celtic cross in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Co Armagh, lie the graves of three of my predecessors who played a major role in (...)

While corn arrived in Europe 500 years ago,  corn tortillas have only recently become available in the supermarket. Photograph: iStock

The world of corn is a truly remarkable place. Growing up, I knew only of tinned sweetcorn from the friendly green giant. The ones you picked up on ma(...)

The survey’s findings contrast with the accepted picture of gradual decline and aging congregations reported by the older, more traditional churches. Photograph: iStock

A new survey has identified more than 500 non-mainstream churches across Ireland. Of those, 58 per cent have grown in size over the last five years wh(...)

New members admitted to the Royal Irish Academy, pictured outside the academy on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: John Ohle

The Government’s Brexit Strategy should seek to preserve the closest possible research links between Ireland and the UK, according to the president of(...)

 Dr Ali Selim, Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, with Rabbi Zalman Lent, Leader of the Jewish community of Dublin. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Four years ago an alliance of religious groups in Ireland made a submission to the Constitutional Convention in which they said “the current reference(...)

Nativity scene in the Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Francis Street, Dublin. Fr Martin Dolan, the parish priest there,  has said he now feels accepted in Irish society following the Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Gay priest Fr Martin Dolan has said he now feels accepted in Irish society following the Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. Fr Dolan, the p(...)

The mindset of Church of Ireland members in the Republic has been shaped by a “structural and cultural lock-in”, Philip McKinley, Dublin-based project officer of the church’s anti-sectarianism Hard Gospel Project, has said.

The mindset of Church of Ireland members in the Republic has been shaped by a “structural and cultural lock-in”, Philip McKinley, Dublin-based project(...)