Who are the Orthodox?

The fastest growing religion in Ireland is poorly understood as our society’s growing secularism consumes public conscience. It’s been well-documented that between the 2011 and 2016 census a large amount of people no longer identify as Catholic (although it is still overwhelmingly the largest religion at 78.3% of the population). There is one Christian denomination…

Jewish people ‘hide religion in Ireland’

Young Jewish people don’t want to draw attention to their creed due to anti-Israel sentiment in Ireland, according to a Jewish representative body. Irish Jewish people are conscious of being overt about their Judaism as they “do not want to attract the generally obsessive nature of anti-Israel demonisation which goes on in Ireland”, according to…

Vulnerable women easy prey for sex-traffickers

Women who have been trafficked and subsequently forced into prostitution in Ireland sometimes don’t know what country they’re in. Ruhama, an Irish charity that provides services for women involved in prostitution, often tackle challenging cases in which extremely vulnerable people are exploited by profit-fuelled opportunists, and transported like cargo both internationally and within countries. “The…

NI should have Irish Language Act says new bishop

The newly ordained Bishop of Raphoe has urged Stormont to support an Irish Language Act – a contentious issue in Northern Ireland. Bishop Alan McGuckian, a fluent Irish speaker and scholar who translated a biography of St Ignatius of Layola into Irish, called on politicians to agree on the act. “Given the support there is…

GAA star opens up about faith

A former Gaelic footballer has opened up about the importance of his faith, saying he “prays regularly”. Sportsman turned fashion designer, Paul Galvin, who played on the Kerry senior team for over 10 years, spoke about the issue of homelessness in Ireland and the importance of going to Church. Mr Galvin, who is launching a…