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Iona Abbey and nunnery, established 563 AD on the site of the monastery founded by St. Colmcille, also known as Columba.

St. Colmcille, the Irish saint who went into exile after copying a book

Dec 7, 2022

By Patrick J. Passmore

Born on Dec. 7 in the year 521, this patron saint’s name is etched across the Irish landscape; his legacy... Read more

Father Willie Doyle, S.J.

Will war chaplain Willie Doyle be Ireland’s next saint?

Oct 31, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Doyle was an Irish military chaplain for the British Army who served heroically on the battlefields of World War I... Read more

Emergency services attend the scene following an Oct. 7, 2022, explosion at a gas station and adjacent apartment building in Creeslough, County Donegal, in northwest Ireland that killed at least 10 people. Pope Francis in a letter Oct. 8, 2022, expressed his “spiritual closeness” to those affected by the tragedy.

Pope Francis expresses condolences to victims of explosion in Ireland

Oct 10, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis has assured his “spiritual closeness” to those affected by an Oct. 7 gas station explosion in northwest Ireland. Read more

Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins, pictured on Oct. 13, 2018.

Nigerian Catholic bishop to Irish president: Church massacre not linked to climate change

Jun 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The bishop said Michael D. Higgins’ ‘reasons for this gruesome massacre are incorrect and far-fetched.’ Read more

Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland.

Ireland’s president condemns Catholic church massacre in Nigeria

Jun 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Michael D. Higgins spoke out days after a Catholic charity appealed to world leaders to denounce the attack. Read more

Bishop Brendan Kelly (speaking) and Bishop Michael Duignan (seated) concelebrate Mass at Galway Cathedral, Feb. 11, 2022.

At installation, Galway's new bishop notes need for less infrastructure

May 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Michael Duignan of Galway and Kilmacduagh highlighted the diminishing role of the Church in the Republic of Ireland at... Read more

Refugees wait for trains at Lviv railway station in western Ukraine.

Catholics in Ireland hope to host Ukrainian refugees

Mar 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘We want to be able to open our doors and welcome them as much as possible,’ said Archbishop Martin. Read more

Stained glass of St. Patrick by C.E. Kempe in the church of St John the Baptist.

Bring Saint Patrick's peace and sympathy to Ukraine conflict, Irish archbishops say

Mar 16, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

This Saint Patrick’s Day is a time for prayer and action for peace in Ukraine and for all the refugees... Read more

Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Irish Catholic bishops call on Patriarch Kirill to support Ukraine ceasefire

Mar 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘This invasion and aggression reminds us of the fragility of peace, even in Europe,’ the bishops said. Read more

Bishop Brendan Kelly (speaking) and Bishop Michael Duignan (seated) concelebrate Mass at Galway Cathedral, Ireland, on Feb. 11, 2022.

Pope Francis appoints bishop to lead two Irish Catholic dioceses

Feb 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Michael Duignan said it was ‘a historic day’ for the Catholic Church in Ireland. Read more

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Report: 1 in 5 Irish priests and brothers have died in the past three years

Jan 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference was unable to confirm the figure. Read more

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Ireland to follow France in offering free contraception to women under 25

Jan 4, 2022

By Luke Coppen

The move underlines the rapid social changes in Ireland in recent years. Read more

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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

Nancy Stewart

Beloved granny whose Catholic faith went viral on EWTN dies at 107

Sep 14, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Granny Nancy lived through two World Wars, survived the pandemic, and was born before her country – the Republic of... Read more

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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

Refugee children from Afghanistan.

Afghan refugees deserve welcome, Australian and Irish bishops urge governments

Aug 24, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishops in Ireland and Australia have asked their governments to do more to take in refugees from Afghanistan after the... Read more

Fr. Con Cronin

Dublin’s Catholic archbishop pays tribute to priest who ‘sacrificed himself to save his secretary’

Aug 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

Locals said Fr. Con Cronin pushed the woman to safety when a bus veered towards them. Read more

Archbishop Dermot Farrell prays in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 2, 2021.

Dublin archbishop: Government advice to delay First Communions, confirmations seems ‘discriminatory’

Aug 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Dermot Farrell expressed ‘profound regret’ at the lack of government engagement over the guidelines. Read more

Bishop Kevin Doran.

Irish Catholic dioceses to go ahead with First Communions, confirmations after government advises delay

Jul 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘The mission of the Church cannot be put on hold indefinitely,’ a bishop said. Read more

An aerial view of the M7 motorway and N18 national road junction on the outskirts of Limerick, Ireland.

Irish Catholic bishop prays for road users’ protection ahead of August long weekend

Jul 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

More than 70 people have died so far in 2021 on Ireland’s roads. Read more