The remains of Cardinal Desmond Connell are received at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish ecumenical history was made on Thursday night when the remains of Cardinal Desmond Connell were received at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, by (...)

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(...)

The gifts can be placed at the crib in the Pro-Cathedral until January 6th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin has launched its annual appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts which can be passed on the homeless. The gifts can be p(...)

A coffin bearing the remains of David “Daithí” Douglas is carried from  the Church of the Most Precious Blood in Cabra, Dublin, after his funeral. Photograph: Collins

Some of the choices made by David “Daithí” Douglas in his early life were “not the best choices for his life”, his funeral Mass heard on Monday. Mr D(...)

“That Irish consumers are eschewing brand names in favour of the own-brand offerings on the shelves of Aldi and Lidl in greater numbers than ever should come as no surprise.” File photograph: Getty Images

The share of the Irish grocery market held by the German discounters Aldi and Lidl has just increased dramatically, with confirmation due on Monday th(...)

Michael Healy-Rae wants to see a minister for rural affairs position created. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae has declined to rule himself out of becoming a minister for rural affairs in the next government after he revea(...)