Category: Irish News

Irish MEP blasted over ‘reckless’ claims on jailed Nicaraguan bishop

Comments made by Irish MEP Mick Wallace about a bishop detained by the Nicaraguan regime have been dubbed “inexcusable” and “reckless” by an Irish missionary. The European Parliament motion on Nicaragua, which decried the arrest of Bishop Rolando Álvarez and the “repression” of the Church in the country under authoritarian leader Daniel Ortega, passed by…

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Nine students begin seminary studies

Chai Brady, Ruadhán Jones and Jason Osborne Nine students have begun formal seminary studies for the priesthood for Ireland’s 26 dioceses this month. It is up on the six who entered seminary last year. A further ten men will also begin a preparatory programme – known as a propaedeutic year – with the hope of…

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Kilmore focuses on hope with climate event

Staff reporter An ecumenical event was held at Kilmore Cathedral in Cavan which involved the planting of crocus bulbs on the front lawn of the cathedral which will spell out ‘Hope’, to celebrate the Season of Creation. The crocus bulbs were planted by young parishioners on Sunday to illustrate the need to address the impact…

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Parents urged to speak up as WitchTok surges

Parents have been advised not to be afraid of making a “value judgement” if they’re concerned about their children’s activity online as the ‘WitchTok’ hashtag surged past 31.5 billion views on social media app TikTok. WitchTok is an umbrella term under which young people post and share content related to magic and witchcraft, with many…

Minister praises proposed gift of Carlow College to the Government

Minster for Higher Education Simon Harris has praised Carlow College, St Patrick’s, for their “generous offer” to gift the Catholic university to the State. However, there is a “long and labourious” process ahead to get the transfer right, Minister Harris said. The college continues negotiations with the newly-formed South Eastern Technological University (SETU). “I think…

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State neglecting nature of Ireland’s homelessness, says report

Staff reporter The Irish State’s definition of homelessness is not fully responding to its true nature and “neglecting” hidden homelessness, a report has stated. The report, published by Focus Ireland, found that homelessness focused on people sleeping rough and the number and duration of stays in emergency accommodation. In the report, a group of international…

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