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A woman touches an icon of the Virgin Mary during a pilgrimage to    Lourdes .... “inside the Domain, there is a intensely spiritual atmosphere, even when you are not taking part in a procession”. , southwestern France, on August 24,   (Photo: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images)

Until last week, I had never been to Lourdes, which is an admission, I suppose, on a par with Fintan O’Toole letting it be known that he had only rece(...)

Looking at cures: Dr Michael Moran. Photographs: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker
Diagnosing miracles

Dr Michael Moran is a Belfast hospital registrar who is prepared to take a bit of surgical ribbing. He is studying to be an ear, nose and throat su(...)

Flash floods devastated the town last year

The French writer Émile Zola was less than complimentary about the waters at Lourdes, describing them as “an abominable soup of ills”.“There was every(...)

The Minister for Health said: “The acquisition of Mount Carmel as a stand-alone maternity hospital would, I believe, represent a retrograde step.”  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The HSE is examining whether the former Mount Carmel private hospital could be transforme(...)

Ayesha Mailey and Janie Doherty from LUXe (in green) and angel Ashlene McFadden from Fidget Feet at the launch of Dublin’s NYE

‘The whole town is booked out for two weeks.” That’s something you might expect to hear if you’re seeking shelter whilst leading a pregnant virgin thr(...)

Declan Conlon, Co Kildare, winner of the visitor section in the Cavan/Monaghan Garda 
Championship on Lough Sheelin, with his 2.7kg trout caught on a Pearly Claret Dabbler

‘DON’T forget, Brown Island for barbecue at one o’clock,” Cyril Boggins bellowed across the canal section at Ross Castle on Lough Lein in Killarney as(...)

Goretti Brady: “I realised I was too squeamish [for a career in medicine]. I used to practically faint in the dentist’s chair.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

With many in the struggling pharmacy industry in need of a dose of corporate Prozac, you would expect the managing director of the largest chain of di(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin yesterday made an impassioned plea for people to ’speak out’ against perpetrators of crime after a spate of serious incidents in the capital.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin yesterday made an impassioned plea for people to “speak out” against perpetrators of crime after a spate of serio(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady  said that violence in Syria  “offers no hope for the future”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jesuit superior general Fr Adolfo Nicolás has strongly condemned possible military intervention in Syria by the US or France. Interviewed on the Jesui(...)

When news of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar broke on November 13th, 2012, the glare of the world’s media spotlight suddenly turned to the Sta(...)

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