“We are not natural protesters. We are a church choir,” said the director of Pobal Aifreann Dhún Laoghaire. Photograph: iStock

A lay Irish-language Mass group sang hymns outside a Catholic diocesan event in Dublin on Thursday evening in protest at what they claim is their excl(...)

Tony Walsh’s abuse of one boy in Ballyfermot from 1978 to 1983 was so extreme that he was sentenced in December 2010 to a total of 123 years.

Former priest Tony Walsh, who was jailed on Wednesday for indecently assaulting a boy 35 year ago, was described by the Murphy Commission as “the most(...)

Four men have this year begun training for the religious life at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Dundalk, while a further eight began their propaedeutic (pre-seminary) year at other locations in Ireland and abroad. Photograph: Getty Images

Just five men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, this autumn, believed to be the lowest number since i(...)

Louise Walsh and Derek Maher with their sons, Thomas and Matthew. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

When Waterford-born Louise Walsh looks out of her sun-room to see the early morning sun rise every day, the Dublin-based mother of two no longer turns(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “The demand for Catholic schools is strong. The demand for other forms of patronage is growing. The process of diversification is still too slow.” File photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

Providing choice in Irish schools is taking too long, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. “The demand for Catholic schools i(...)

File photograph of Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin  in Dublin’s  Pro-Cathedral. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese will mark Culture Night 2016 on Friday evening with events at the Pro-Cathedral on Marlborough Street. The night will b(...)

Heavy and persistent rain is set to fall all through Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Will the sun be shining this weekend for the last music festival of the summer and the final battle to see who will become the All-Ireland senior hurl(...)

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(...)

Tony Walsh (pictured) was described in the Murphy report as ‘the most notorious child sexual abuser’ to have come to its attention. ‘It is likely that he has abused hundreds of children,’ it said. On Tuesday, he was jailed for seven and half years for raping a boy three times, once with a crucifix. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Tony Walsh was described in the Murphy report as “the most notorious child sexual abuser” to have come to its attention. “It is likely that he has abu(...)

 Donations to Trócaire rose by seven per cent to €25 million last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Donations to Trócaire, the Catholic bishops’ overseas development agency, rose by seven per cent to €25 million in the year to April 2016. This incl(...)

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