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Darragh Martin: an immensely skilled storyteller

“It seems premature to dismiss the effect of Catholicism on my – our? – generation. Catholicism is there, a pea at the bottom of a stack of mattresses(...)

September 1979: Pope John Paul II signs the visitors' book at  Áras an Uachtaráin as the president, Dr Patrick Hillery, looks on.

A different Pope, John Paul II, flew in on an Aer Lingus plane to a different Ireland for the papal visit at the end of September 1979. It lasted thr(...)

Pope John Paul II in Galway in 1979. Photograph: The Irish Times

When Pope Francis flies into Ireland West Airport for his brief visit to Knock shrine on Sunday week, he will have to atone for past sins, not least (...)

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader and former Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster said she would be away with her family at the time. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Arlene Foster has declined an invitation to an address by Pope Francis in Dublin later this month. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader and for(...)

Pope John Paul II in Ireland in 1979.

Members of the public wrote to then taoiseach Jack Lynch ahead of the visit by Pope John Paul II to Ireland in 1979 expressing concern for his safety (...)

Pope Francis, who is soon to visit Ireland. For entreprensurs, to be able to see every situation as an opportunity is an incredible gift. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Legend has it my neighbour made his fortune entirely from Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland in 1979. While only an infant at the time, the closing (...)

 Fr Damian McNeice  holding a cross that will face Pope Francis on the altar at the mass he will celebrate at Dublin’s Phoenix Park. It dates  from  penal times. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Vestments with celtic designs have been specially made by a Polish company for Pope Francis to wear when he visits Dublin and Knock later this month. (...)

Preparations under way at the papal cross in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, for the visit of Pope Francis as part of the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Unlike Pope John Paul II in 1979 who, with his training as an actor, took to the Irish stage with alacrity, Pope Francis will be chewing on his lip as(...)

Twitter has created a new papal visit emoji in honour of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland this August. The emoji, consisting of the smiling face of t(...)

 Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he has no further information on contacts between the Vatican and then president Mary McAleese and then (...)

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