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Killorglin Parish, Co. Kerry, Biodiversity Garden, September 2022.

Ireland’s bishops decide to return 30% of Church grounds to nature by 2030

Aug 27, 2023

By Anna Kurian

The Church in Ireland is implementing the encyclical Laudato Si’ by setting a goal for all dioceses and parishes: Make... Read more

Critics of the Hate Speech bill worry that it could criminalize the speech of people such as author J.K. Rowling, who has said that "transgender women" are not actually women.

Hate speech bill advances in Ireland amid fears it would silence J.K. Rowling and the Church

May 2, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The bill bars incitement to violence or hatred against persons on account of protected characteristics. Read more

A statue of the Virgin Mary on the grounds of the 15th-century Quin Abbey in County Clare, Ireland.

Signs of hope and renewal amid the dramatic decline of the Catholic Church in Ireland

Mar 17, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Father Owen Gorman remembers when Masses in Ireland were so crowded on Sundays that people had to sit on the... Read more

Young people at Holy Family Mission in County Waterford, Ireland.

Catholic gap year program in Ireland prepares young people for lifelong mission

Mar 15, 2023

By Courtney Mares

A new gap year program gives young people the opportunity to spend one year living in Ireland in an intentional... Read more

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.

Father Willie Doyle’s cause: fearless in his faith on Flanders Fields

Nov 22, 2022

By Patrick J. Passmore

Father Willie Doyle was an inspiring yet unassuming Irish World War I chaplain. Now his cause for canonization has been... Read more

St Mary’s is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ossory. It is situated on James’s Street, Kilkenny, Ireland.

Irish bishop-to-be encourages ‘new generation’ of Christian witness

Oct 28, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Niall Coll, a parish priest and longtime university professor from the north side of Ireland, is Pope Francis’ choice... 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

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

Young Catholics in Ireland say their voices have not been heard during synodal process

Aug 10, 2022

By Charlotte Evans

A group of 500 young Catholics in Ireland have signed a letter saying they love the Church’s teaching, but that... 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

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


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

Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of Synod of Bishops. Credit: Diocese of Gozo (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Cardinal Grech to Irish bishops: ‘A synodal process promises an ecclesial springtime’

Mar 4, 2021

Cardinal Mario Grech told Irish bishops that embarking on a “synodal process” could lead to an “ecclesial springtime.”  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

Archbishop-Elect Dermot Farrell of Dublin, Ireland - Photo: Archdiocese of Dublin

UPDATED: Archdiocese of Dublin may need major organizational changes says Archbishop-elect in Irish Times interview

Jan 3, 2021

In an interview with the Irish Times published on Saturday, January 2nd, the Archbishop-elect of Dublin, Dermot Farrell announced that... Read more

A bishop's pectoral cross. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Dermot Farrell as head of Dublin archdiocese

Dec 29, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Tuesday named theologian Bishop Dermot Farrell of Ossory, Ireland, as the next archbishop of Dublin.  Read more