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It’s January 25th and I bet you’ve taken down the crib? Far too soon! It should be there until February 2nd, Candlemas Day, ie tomorrow week. It marks(...)

The GPO crib: ‘The wise men (and the Bible never tells us how many of them there were) do not take their place until the Epiphany (January 6th). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Most Christmas nativity scenes currently on view are wrong, with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the shepherds, angels and three kings all appearing way bef(...)

True and indeed divine hospitality is about welcoming adult children as they are. Photograph: iStock

Last year I penned a seasonal message for my diocese and beyond, entitled The Empty Chair. It seems to have struck a chord with many people; particula(...)

 Former Green Party leader Trevor Sargent said it was an amazing day. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

From one ministry to another, former Green Party leader Trevor Sargent completed his latest journey in life on Saturday evening at Christ Church Cathe(...)

Members of the Together for Yes Campaign call for abortion reform in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Republic of Ireland is apparently heading for hell and Northern Protestants have no intention of being dragged down that primrose path, according (...)

Michael Burrows (left), the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cashel, Ferns, and Ossory, at the ordination of former  Green Party leader Trevor Sargent as a priest last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

A Church of Ireland bishop has welcomed the Yes vote in last Friday’s referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment. Michael Burrows, the Bishop of C(...)

A copy of the Koran in a mosque. Trustees of the Kilkenny Islamic Centre have applied for planning permission for a religious and cultural centre. Photograph: Getty Images

A controversial proposal to build a mosque and cultural centre on a site near the edge of Kilkenny city is likely to end up before An Bórd Pleanála, r(...)

Bishop Michael Burrows said: “I will be voting for Repeal because I believe, as I did in 1983, that the text of the Eighth is incorrigibly flawed.” Photograph: Dara McDónaill

A Church of Ireland bishop has said he will be voting for the removal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in the May referendum. Bishop of C(...)

 Bishop of Cashel Michael Burrows  said ‘the Constitution is not the best place to deal with such a complex moral matter’. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The abortion issue in Ireland should be dealt with by legislation rather than referendum, the Church of Ireland General Synod was told in Limerick on (...)

Image of engineers using ground penetrating radar at the site of a mass grave of up to 800 children at the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, County Galway. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

A Catholic bishop has told the Citizens’ Assembly that the revelations from Tuam made us “hang our heads in shame”. Bishop of Limerick Dr Brendan Le(...)

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