Mary Hail

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Irish soldiers board a plane to leave Baldonnell airport for Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping mission on July 28th, 1960

Medals for gallantry for nine Irish soldiers killed in the Niemba ambush 60 years ago were not awarded because it might look like a “hand-out”. This (...)

Munster’s Damian de Allende is tackled by Harrison Keddie, Sam Davies and Jamie Roberts of the Dragons during their Pro14 clash. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dragons 16 Munster 28 A wet day on a soft surface in Wales saw Munster win comfortably, but a win bonus point left dangling at Rodney Parade. Munste(...)

Maura Byrne (94) from Walkinstown, Dublin: “I say ‘good night Stephen’ and I say a Hail Mary.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Maura Byrne had to watch from her carer’s mobile phone as a funeral service for her husband of almost 70 years took place. “It knocked the bottom out(...)

Tullow Oil’s offices in Leopardstown: The group found less oil than hoped at offshore well in Guyana

Tullow Oil shares plunged on Thursday after the troubled exploration company found less oil than expected after drilling an offshore well in Guyana. (...)

Many teachers will be heartened by  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s plans to move sacramental preparation from schools to the community. Photograph: iStock

Since retiring more than two years ago I have written about my experiences of being both a non-believer and a principal of a Catholic school. One he(...)

There are many lessons to be drawn from Universal Studio’s cancellation of the hitherto upcoming The Hunt

There are many lessons to be drawn from Universal Studio’s cancellation of the hitherto upcoming The Hunt, but, after running through some of the dull(...)

A quick Hail Mary at home if I was about to get a tongue-lashing from my mother or a silent prayer to Ganesha before a maths test in school – it was a no-brainer.  Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri

I was born in India into a reasonably devout Hindu family and therefore, very unsurprisingly for then, received a traditional Catholic schooling. Edu(...)

Praying at Lough Derg. Photograph: Maeve Hickey

I am standing with my back to the basilica wall, arms outstretched, as though crucified, declaring to anyone who’ll listen, “I renounce the world, the(...)

Tom Brady sits on the field after fumbling the football in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Right to the bitter end, Tom Brady still believed it was possible. Even after the strip-sack, the field goal and the failed attempt at kick-return tri(...)

Fr Ignatius Spencer

A 19th century English Catholic priest, ancestor of Princess Diana, Princes William and Harry, as well as Winston Churchill, has been moved another st(...)

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