The number of permanent deacons serving in the Diocese of Dromore has increased to five following the ordination of John McClelland (Newry) and Deacon Michael Rooney (Ballela) at the Cathedral of Ss Patrick & Colman in Newry on Sunday by Bishop John McAreavey. Also pictured: Canon Francis Brown, Adm. Newry Cathedral and Rev. Deacon Frank…

Retired Derry priest Fr Harry Coyle (77) was awarded an honorary doctorate by Ulster University in recognition of his lifetime of achievements in Irish language teaching and scholarship. Pictured with Fr Coyle are Prof. Paddy Nixon and Dr Malachy O’Neill, Ulster University. Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University

A primary school choir from Co. Down has narrowly lost getting to the fi nal of Britain’s Got Talent. St Patrick’s Junior Choir from Drumgreenagh outside Rathfriland, had impressed the judges with their rendition of Katy Perry’s Roar during Monday’s semi-final. “You sounded amazing,” said head judge Simon Cowell. “I love your personalities individually and…

Mark Patrick Hederman’s latest book, in which he explores the search for a new ethics for Ireland, has entered the bestsellers list just weeks after publication. The Opal and the Pearl examines sexuality in the lives and writings of James Joyce, Iris Murdoch and W.B. Yeats. Published by Columba Press, the book by the former…