Fr Iggy O’Donovan said it was “a great pity that in Irish Catholicism the only sin was sex” as “there are few greater positives than a good confessor”. Photograph: Getty Images

Regular confessions by Irish Catholics came to an end sometime in the 1970s and accompanied the death of the sense of sex as sin, a Limerick-based Aug(...)

Novena Mass in Galway Cathedral. Fr Clement MacMánuis, one of a team of Redemptorists celebrating the nine-day festival, said he was struck by the number of people going to confession. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Dust off the curtain, polish the stall – confessions are making something of a comeback, according to a Redemptorist priest at Galway’s annual solemn (...)

The final Mass at the Marianella Irish Redemptorist centre in Rathgar, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The woman was clear. “It’s like a big funeral,” she said to a friend as they waited to say farewell to Fr Dan Baragry, Redemptorist provincial superi(...)