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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

Belvedere College, Dublin

Irish Jesuits apologize for ‘shameful’ mishandling of abuse case

Jul 28, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Following the leak of the Irish Jesuits’ draft inquiry into sexual abuse committed by a deceased member, the order on... Read more

A pupil from Holy Cross Girls' School with a soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

N Irish bishop criticizes UK plan to end inquests, prosecutions related to the Troubles

Jul 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

The British government has announced a plan to halt all prosecutions related to the 20th century religious-fueled conflicts in Northern... Read more

All-Ireland Primate: Government revealed First Communion delay in ‘grossly disrespectful’ way

Jul 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Eamon Martin said the government’s decision marked a “complete reversal.” Read more

A pro-life rally held in Dublin, Dec. 4, 2012.

Pro-life rallies to be held in cities across Ireland

Jul 1, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The rallies will take place both in-person and online. Read more

Bishop Dermot Farrell is installed as the new archbishop of Dublin in St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 2, 2021.

Dublin’s new Catholic archbishop tells flock: ‘I want to hear from you’

Jun 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Dermot Farrell said he wanted to hear from “all Catholics and people of goodwill.” Read more

The Four Courts in Dublin, the principal seat of Ireland’s High Court.

Call for public inquiry in Ireland as couple settle abortion case

Jun 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

Peadar Tóibín made the appeal as the defendants admitted liability at the High Court in Dublin. Read more

Ireland’s religious education teachers concerned by bullying of practicing Catholic students

Jun 18, 2021

By CNA Staff

The teachers’ concerns are highlighted in an upcoming study. Read more

Fr. Peter Johnson celebrates Mass at Carrive Mass Rock in Armagh.

Catholic priests offer Masses ‘for renewal of the faith’ at Ireland’s Mass rocks

Jun 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

Masses were celebrated at Mass rocks in all of Ireland’s 26 dioceses. Read more

A Lidl grocery chain sign in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.

Irish Catholic bishop ‘delighted’ as firm offers paid leave after pregnancy loss

Jun 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bishop Kevin Doran welcomed the step by Lidl Ireland. Read more

The Four Courts in Dublin, the principal seat of Ireland’s High Court.

Ireland’s High Court to hear abortion case

Jun 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

A couple claim that their unborn child was aborted after they were mistakenly told that it had a fatal fetal... Read more

Relatives of those killed during the Ballymurphy massacre demonstrate in Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 30, 2014. Credit: Sinn Féin via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

After decades, Northern Ireland inquest recognizes victims of Ballymurphy Massacre

May 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Catholic priest, a mother of eight, and at least seven other civilians were wrongly killed by British soldiers in... Read more

St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Ireland.

Public Masses to resume in Ireland from May 10 with 50-person limit

Apr 30, 2021

The 50-person limit will apply regardless of church size. Read more