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Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, is greeted by Cardinal Sean Brady on Monday. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

The new papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo was greeted by former Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady on arrival at Dublin airport(...)

Fr David Vard: “Lourdes was the point in my life that changed; a lot of things in my life have pointed me in this direction. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s youngest priest takes up his new position as a curate in Portlaoise this week – the first time he will lived on his own as he makes his tra(...)

The Reek Sunday pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

A clash between religion and GAA fervour on national pilgrimage day to Croagh Patrick yesterday produced what was accepted on all sides as an honourab(...)

People filling up containers at a “temporary water station” in Ballsgrove, Drogheda. Photograph: Patrick Logue

Everyone in the queue for water in Drogheda agreed on three things. Firstly, if this was happening “up in Dublin”, a full-scale crisis would already (...)

Mountain high: spectacular sights in the  Pyrenees

Awaking to your first fluorescent morning in the Pyrenees to the sinking terror that you may have missed your sole chance to ascend the Col du Tourmal(...)

Retired postman Michael O’Donoghue from Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, who has recovered from bowel cancer after discovering he had the disease in 2010. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Michael O’Donoghue credits a sixth sense for the fact that he is alive today. The 66-year-old from Pallasgreen in Co Limerick, had a “strange intuitio(...)

From a design perspective, a remarkable aspect of the objects depicted is how little they have changed for more than a century. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The new documentary Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village portrays Knock in Co Mayo through a host of characters involved in the life of “Irela(...)

Mourners outside the Holy Family Church on Aughrim Street, Dublin where the funeral of Gareth Hutch is being held. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Four months ago, Gareth Hutch helped carry the coffin of his slain uncle Eddie. On Friday, it was his turn to be carried aloft – this time in his own(...)

Sinéad Gleeson with her brother Martin: she has to walk around the house while her hip is in plaster, to avoid blood clots. Photograph: family collection

The body is an afterthought. We don’t stop to think of how the heart is beating its steady rhythm or to watch our metatarsals fan out with every step(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at  the Door of Mercy at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwells

The Catholic archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has strongly defended the 2009 Murphy report on the handling of clerical child sexual abuse in the(...)

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