Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

The baptism barrier to go from Irish Catholic schools Comments 0

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The baptism barrier will be removed from the admission criteria to Irish Catholic schools according to plans announced by Ireland’s Minister for Education. Minority faiths like the Church of Ireland will be able to continue to select students on the basis of religion, however. Read more Related Posts:Church of Scientology recruiting in IrelandAustralian Catholic schools Read more

Ireland may legalise abortion as Pope visits Comments 0

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

A visit to Ireland next year for the World Meeting of Families may see Pope Francis arriving in Dublin at about the same time as abortion is legalised. Read more   Related Posts:Ireland 2018 – Pope’s agenda suggests plans to…Pope set to visit Ireland in 2018, Dublin archbishop saysIrish Catholic schools urged to ban Amnesty Read more

Ireland’s peace process shouldn’t be taken for granted Comments 0

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Ireland’s peace process shouldn’t be taken for granted, church leaders say. Ireland’s Catholic, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian leaders are determined Northern Ireland’s peace process achievements should be protected. In a joint statement they said not everything in the vision for peace has been achieved yet. However, they said”the current circumstances provide an opportunity Read more

Hundreds of dead infants found at Irish convent Comments 1

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Hundreds of dead infants’ remains have been found buried in sewers at an Irish convent. The was used as a home for unmarried mothers in Tuam, Ireland for several decades. It was closed in the early 1980s. The find has backed up a historian’s claim that up to 800 children may lie in an unmarked Read more

Suicide and depression rising among Irish priests Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Suicide and depression and being turned into “sacrament dispensing machines” are part of an ongoing struggle for many Irish priests. Diocesan priests in Ireland are ““often pitied, patronised, reviled, insulted, disrespected, ignored and resented.” These words came from Fr Brendan Hoban at last week’s annual meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP). Abuse scandals  Read more

Ireland 2018 – Pope’s agenda suggests plans to attend World Meeting of Families Comments 0

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Ireland 2018 is likely to be the latest addition to the international visits on Pope Francis’s agenda, says the Irish Head of Government (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny. Kenny says Francis has timed his visit to coincide with the 22-26 August World Meeting of Families in Dublin. The World Meeting of Families will focus on Pope Francis’s Read more

Church of Scientology recruiting in Ireland Comments 0

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The Church of Scientology may be widening its recruitment in Ireland to people in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking areas) and other Irish-speakers throughout the country with attempts made by a sub-company of the church to translate their educational and information supplements into Irish. According to, the subcompany – Golden Era Productions – recently wrote to Read more

‘Strange Occurrences’ – film about Knock Shrine released this week Comments 1

Friday, August 26th, 2016

“Strange Occurrences in a small Irish village” opens in Irish cinemas on Friday. The film’s title is derived from the international press coverage at the time [Our Lady appeared there]. The film develops a fascinating, vibrant portrait of the phenomenon by examining the vast patchwork of individuals and groups involved. It presents a balanced opportunity Read more

Ireland must not forget outrages against Protestants, President says Comments 0

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Irelands struggle for independence and the outrages committed against Protestants  should be remembered, the Republic of Ireland’s President says. Michael D Higgins’s remarks appeared in a transcript of a speech prepared for an annual event on Sunday honouring rebel figure Michael Collins (pictured above). It was circulated to the press before his appearance at the Read more

Ireland’s Bishop Daly of Bloody Sunday fame dies Comments 0

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Edward Daly, the Emeritus Catholic Bishop of Derry who tended victims of Northern Ireland’s Bloody Sunday killings and became a defining image of the massacre, died on Monday aged 82. The Catholic Diocese of Derry says Daly died peacefully on Monday after a long illness. Daly was a priest in Londonderry when British paratroopers opened Read more