Harry Clifton: “I wonder whether I am allowed to salute a man who, probably against his better judgement, set me free once with an image, on the roads of the world.”

The death of Cardinal Desmond Connell, tragically miscast some would say as archbishop of Dublin, brings me back to classrooms in the philosophy depar(...)

 Cardinal Desmond Connell  had no truck with what he considered unqualified people speaking about religion. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In his marvellously acerbic memoir Against The Tide, published in 1986, former minister for health Dr Noël Browne describes an encounter with the Cath(...)

 A woman pays respects to Cardinal Connell at his funeral in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A remarkable feature of Cardinal Desmond Connell’s funeral last week was the scarcity of public representatives. It was such a “small” affair for some(...)

The remains of the late cardinal Connell at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin reflected on the age profile of those present at the funeral Mass for Cardinal Desmond Connell yesterday , as re(...)

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 (...)

‘As human as any of you ...’

Thirty five years teaching philosophy in UCD forged in Desmond Connell both an impolitic nature and otherworld naivety that would sometimes lead him u(...)

Cardinal Desmond Connell: March 24th, 1926 –  February 21st, 2017

Cardinal Desmond Connell, who has died aged 90, was a surprise appointment to the Archbishopric of Dublin in 1988 but he went on to become the first A(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Among survivors of clerical child sex abuse, no other Catholic Church leader comes close in their esteem. File photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

A friend resorted to the Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel this week in response to all the talk of “strange goings-on” at the national seminary in Mayn(...)

Why would anyone intending to have sex stay in a seminary for celibates? That’s the most puzzling but not the saddest aspect of current controversy a(...)

In December 2002 the priest, the late Fr Paddy McDonagh, also known as Fr Aloysius  was withdrawn by his then Provincial from Sallynoggin parish in Dublin where he had been serving, after he had been accused by a female relative of abusing her when she was a child.Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The review by the church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children did not name the Salvatorian priest who abused in excess of 100 children up to 200(...)

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