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St. Brigid of Kildare building the Church of the Oak, detail from a window of St Etheldreda's church in London.

Public holiday marking St Brigid's feast established in Ireland

Feb 1, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The feast of St. Brigid of Kildare, Ireland’s female patron saint, will be a public holiday in the Republic of... Read more


Stats show Irish women benefit from waiting period before abortion, observers say

Nov 12, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

About 1,500 Irish women in 2020 decided not to go through with an abortion after seeking an initial consultation. Critics... Read more


Irish government seeks Catholic Church help to solve housing crunch

Aug 30, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Ireland’s housing minister has contacted the Archbishop of Armagh suggesting that the Catholic Church could better organize property sales to... Read more

Report shows Irish teachers' concern over bullying of practicing Catholic students

Aug 11, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A report on a survey of 214 religious education teachers in Ireland is raising alarm that students who practice a... Read more

Irish diocese delays First Communions until autumn over Covid concerns

Mar 25, 2021

The Diocese of Derry has announced that First Communions, customarily held in spring, will be postponed so as to discourage... Read more

On St Patrick's Day, Ireland's religious leaders stress progress and continued engagement

Mar 17, 2021

Christianity can shed light on the path forward for the peace process in Ireland, religious and political coexistence, and understanding... Read more

Celtic Cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland.

As Lent begins, Irish bishop urges that political leaders be told worship is essential

Feb 17, 2021

The worship of God is ‘utterly essential’ and political leaders need to be told this, the Bishop of Raphoe wrote... Read more

The Four Courts in Dublin, Ireland. Credit: Mariusz Gwizdon/Shutterstock.

Irish Supreme Court: Hospital may withhold treatment of child against parents' wishes

Jan 27, 2021

The Supreme Court of Ireland ruled Friday that a hospital may withhold medical treatment contrary to the wishes of the... Read more

Archbishop Eamon Martin. Credit: Northern Ireland Office (CC BY 2.0).

Catholic archbishop: Church must do reparation, but don’t scapegoat orders over mother-and-baby homes

Jan 19, 2021

A Catholic archbishop said on Sunday that religious orders should not be scapegoated for the failures exposed by a report... Read more

Celtic Cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland.

As Ireland examines mistreatment of unwed mothers, Catholic bishops apologize for 'abject failure'

Jan 16, 2021

Catholic bishops have welcomed an Irish government report on 20th century homes for unmarried mothers and babies run by local... Read more

Amid complaints, Irish broadcaster again apologizes for blasphemous NYE sketch

Jan 11, 2021

After receiving thousands of complaints from citizens and vocal criticism from religious leaders, Ireland’s state broadcaster has apologized after a... Read more

Irish bishops petition government to lift ban on religious gatherings

Oct 30, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Irish bishops met with the prime minister this week to petition the government to lift the current coronavirus restrictions on... Read more

 St. Brigid’s, Glassdrummond, one of the three churches of the Parish of Upper Creggan.

‘It’s quite sad at the moment’: coronavirus curbs deprive part of border parish of public Masses

Oct 15, 2020

As the clock struck midnight on Oct. 6, Fr. Dermot Maloney’s parish underwent a dramatic transformation -- though it remained... Read more

Irish state schools to phase out Catholic symbols, mandatory Masses

Oct 12, 2020

More than 200 state-run secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland will begin to phase out historical Catholic symbols and... Read more

The flag of Ireland.

Irish commission: Catholic school discriminated against atheist student

May 4, 2020

The Republic of Ireland’s Workplace Relations Commission has decided that an atheist child was discriminated against by his Catholic school... Read more

Abortion provision limited in some Irish hospitals by conscientious objection

Jul 17, 2019

Documents from the Republic of Ireland's health department show that abortion services are limited at nine of the country's 19... Read more

Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Right to life a 'core value' of newly-launched Irish political party

May 2, 2019

The leader of a new political party that spans both Ireland and Northern Ireland promised to uphold the right to... Read more

Catholic schools in Ireland concerned by proposal to remove Church's patronage

Apr 2, 2019

Parents and Catholic schools near Dublin have expressed their opposition to a Department of Education plan to divest a school... Read more

Saint Mura's Cross, as it appeared in August 1996.

Small Irish community seeks help to save a saint's iconic cross

Dec 6, 2018

A unique Irish cross marking the 1,400-year-old grave of a Catholic saint is in danger of destruction due to erosion,... Read more

Irish physicians complain they've been ignored by health minister on abortion

Nov 8, 2018

Some 640 general practitioners in the Republic of Ireland have signed a petition saying their concerns have not been listened... Read more