Paddy Byrne

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The Pope urged bishops to pray for more priestly vocations. Photograph: iStock.

Catholic Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin has said he is “very much open” to calls for a softening on the church’s clerical celibacy rules to cope (...)

 Temple Carrig players celebrates after  beating St Andrew’s College in the first round of the Vinnie Murray Cup earlier this month at  Energia Park, Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

St Michael’s have been rightly lorded as the main conveyor belt of talent within the Leinster machine and begin the defence of their Leinster Schools (...)

Snow scene in Fairview Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Even in the most extreme weather events the business of death continues as undertakers, priests and gravediggers assist mourners and the dead. “I am (...)

Tempers flare between Wexford and Dublin at Enniscorthy. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin 1-12 Wexford 1-9 Paul Clarke’s experimental Dublin literally kept the show on the show on the road with a hard-fought win against an also tr(...)

Jason Byrne: ‘People nowadays don’t like it when you bring children into bars, but we spent most of our childhood there, along with the rest of the road’

We were all having dinner at the table. My brother Eric had finished first, my sister was making a mess, I was playing with my burger, my dad was lift(...)

 Pictured before the giving of roses as gifts to the guests were Hala Alsarakbi with Naya Abouhajar, Amneh Asker, Nour Kaddour and Nada Hariri.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Syrian Muslims living in Co Laois spent Eid al-Adha remembering their loved ones still under attack in their homeland. This year, 55 Syrian adults an(...)

Laois’ Ross Munnelly: with Donie Kingston and rising star Evan O’Carroll up front, Laois have too much for the visitors. Photograph: Inpho

It didn’t escape people’s attention in Wicklow that there has been a deal of complaining from some quarters in Laois about the prospective quarter-fi(...)

Last month, five young men died by suicide in Newbridge, Co Kildare. File photograph: Getty Images

A priest speaking out about the tragedy of seven suicides in three weeks in Co Laois has said the clergy are becoming “sacramental firemen” going from(...)

Glory years: Alfie Byrne, nicknamed ‘the shaking hand of Dublin’ because of his relentless canvassing

He was elected lord mayor of Dublin a record 10 times. He was also an MP, a TD and a senator. Such was his popularity that he once looked likely to b(...)

At Dublin Castle for the referendum count,  from left: Helen McCarthy, Dee Campbell, Erin Reddy and Aisling Tierney of  Maynooth Pride Society. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Exhausted, elated, tearful, hungover, incredulous, grateful, flat broke. And, transcending it all, a radiant calm. Yesterday, Ireland woke up to a mor(...)

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