File photograph of Opus Dei leader Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, who has died aged 84.

The leader of the Catholic institution Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, has died in Rome at the age of 84. The bishop was born in Madri(...)

The 80th anniversary edition of Reality magazine.

One of Ireland’s best-known and respected religious magazines celebrates its 80th anniversary this month. Published by the Catholic Redemptorist con(...)

Massgoers leaving the Pro Cathedral: “Even though Christ Church has been in possession of the Anglican church for nearly 500 years, it is still viewed by the Roman Catholic Church as the primary official Dublin cathedral, since it was so designated by the pope at the request of the then Archbishop of Dublin, Saint Laurence O’Toole, in the [late] 12th century.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

With a year to go before we mark the quincentennial, on October 31st, 2017, of Martin Luther nailing his demands for reform to the door of All Saints’(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Among survivors of clerical child sex abuse, no other Catholic Church leader comes close in their esteem. File photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

A friend resorted to the Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel this week in response to all the talk of “strange goings-on” at the national seminary in Mayn(...)

Pictured at the Christ the King sculpture exhibition by Irish American artist, Andrew O’Connor at the Dún Laoghaire Lexicon from left are Jeremy Kenny who donated the archive files for the exhibition, Dr Elizabeth Mullins, School of History UCD, Andrew O’Connor (grandson) Lilly Hardiman O’Connor (great great granddaughter) and Andrew O’Connor great grandson. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Relatives of those involved in the tortuous story of the Christ the King sculpture overlooking Dún Laoghaire harbour gathered on Tuesday to launch a (...)

 President Éamon de Valera speaks  at the Garden of Rememberance on Easter Sunday 1966 during an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rising

Easter Sunday, April 10th, 1966, was “warm and bright, and Dublin was in a mannerly mood,” reported Mary Maher in The Irish Times. The official cerem(...)

Maeve Kyle, Ireland’s only woman athlete competing in the Olympic games in Tokyo, says goodbye to her husband, Seán, at Dublin Airport, in 1964 before leaving for Japan. Photo: Dermot Barry

When women first took part in the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900, four years after the first modern Olympics in Athens, it was something of a novelty.(...)

Fifty years ago this weekend, the Catholic bishop of Clonfert, Dr Thomas Ryan, became remarkably agitated about an item on RTÉ’s Late Late Show that f(...)

A significant social change over the past 40 years has been the gradual disconnection between the decision to get married and the decision to have children. Photograph: Thinkstock

Up to the 1970s, Irish family formation largely followed a traditional pattern of marriage followed by children. Those who married had fairly large fa(...)

Dr Cyril Daly:  wrote an open letter to the then archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, describing Catholic education as “offensive” to Christ’s teaching and “corrupt . . . in its infliction of violence”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Dublin doctor Cyril Daly died in August at the age of 82. He was buried in St Fintan’s Cemetery in Sutton, but his true memorial occurred this week in(...)

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