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The new Catholic Archbishop of Dublin is to be current Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell (66)

The new Catholic Archbishop of Dublin is to be current Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell (66). A former president of St Patrick’s College Maynooth, he (...)

A view  from City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin, during the Pope’s   drive through the city centre on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Dublin on Saturday afternoon to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis as he made his way across the city in(...)

Pope Francis has shifted the mood music in the Catholic Church away from a rigid hierarchical conformism to a more collegial atmosphere of debate and creative thinking. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

At the end of the 11 o’clock Mass in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral last Sunday morning Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reminded the congregation that Pope Francis(...)

Pope John Paul II waves to cheering crowds from his Popemobile. Running behind schedule, his planned  stop on Séan McDermott Street never happened. Photograph:  Anwar Hussein/ Getty Images

Pope Francis is to visit Seán McDermott Street in Dublin’s city centre briefly on Saturday, August 25th. During his 1979 visit to Ireland, Pope John (...)

Grace Dyas at the Magdalene laundry site on Railway Street in north inner city Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I am digging here to find my baby. I am digging to find out the truth. But the sad thing is, as soon as I find out the truth, I will bury it again. So(...)

‘If Pope Emeritus Benedict were still alive when Pope Francis (above) retires it would no doubt trigger some epic event. Certainly if the prophecies of St Malachy and Nostradamus that my father relished telling me about are anything to go by.’  Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

If the pope visits Ireland for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in August 2018, one of his first stops should be in Seán MacDermott Street. In 19(...)

In any city with a river running through its centre, building bridges is one of the most significant things to do. Bridges bring people closer to wher(...)

“Focus isn’t enough anymore: instead, near zealotry appears necessary. And if you listen to enough analysis of Gaelic football in particular, talent has become an optional extra when it comes to the demands of inter-county competition.”

It is tough being a modern intercounty player: the instinctive GAA reflex to kneel at the altar of asceticism means the swap between sacrifice and suc(...)

Sculptor Tim Schmalz displays a scale model of Homeless Jesus while visiting The Irish Times offices in Dublin last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

After a competition among prospective sites, Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin has won the Homeless Jesus sculpture for the park in its grounds, gi(...)

Snow falls on Homeless Jesus in Toronto. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Somebody called the cops on Jesus in Davidson, North Carolina, where one resident reported “him” to the police, mistaking the life-size bronze by C(...)