Martin Diarmuid

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Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “We owe a great deal to those who bear the responsibility of leadership at this moment, especially in the front line.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The coronavirus outbreak has led to almost half of Dublin’s Catholic priests being confined to their homes as they are aged over 70, Archbishop Diarmu(...)

Above, Fr Paddy Stanley saying Mass in St Brendan’s Church, Coolock. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leaders of Ireland’s main churches have invited people to take part in prayers throughout the island on Palm Sunday, 3pm-4pm. They have also paid (...)

File photograph: iStock

Catholic priests are coming under continuing pressure to hold funeral Masses, particularly in rural Ireland, despite Government restrictions due to co(...)

The number of children being confirmed increased from just under 15,000 to almost 17,000 between 2017 and 2018. Photograph: iStock

Mass attendance has plummeted. Fewer people than ever are self-identifying as Catholic. And the public has voted in significant numbers to remove reli(...)

Earlier this week the Health Service Executive issued a guidance for churchgoers, advising that holy water fonts should not be used and the sign of the peace should be suspended.

People at one Dublin church this week were still dipping their fingers into holy water fonts and blessing themselves, despite warnings to the contrary(...)

Dublin City Council said it would not go ahead  with the planned transfer of lands for the redevelopment of James McSweeney House, a senior citizens’ complex on Berkeley Street, to Cabhru Housing Association Services,  until recently known as the Catholic Housing Aid Society (Chas). File photograph: Google Street View

A well-known housing charity, which provides homes for senior citizens in Dublin, is under investigation by Dublin City Council amid claims against th(...)

In a sermon to mark World Day of the Sick this week Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said ‘we live in an Ireland marked by a strange incongruence’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has described aspects of Ireland’s health service as “scandalous” and asked people to hold politicia(...)

The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and ‘sunk into the bog and is stuck’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and “sunk into the bog and is stuck”. “The engine is(...)

The Church of the Annunciation on Cappagh Road, Finglas. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The demolition of one of Dublin’s biggest Catholic churches, and its replacement with a new place of worship only a tenth of the size, has been approv(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “Lack of respect for difference can undermine even peaceful societies. Fear of the immigrant can be exploited in terms that support narrow populism.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Racism and intolerance “are dangerous explosives that we only play around with at our own peril”, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has sa(...)

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