Category: Irish News

Irish Church urged to close parishes to grow the Faith

A leading cardinal has said the Church in Ireland must be prepared to consider closing hundreds of churches to concentrate resources on building strong faith communities. Speaking in Dungarvan on Monday, April 16, on ‘What the Irish Church could learn from the recent history of the Church in Holland’, Utrecht’s Cardinal Willem Eijk said that…

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The Referendum Commission has refused to answer queries about a senior member of a company assisting with their referendum information campaign, who tweeted that bishops were “hypocritical old eunuchs”. Dylan Cotter, the Executive Creative Director of BBDO Dublin, linked an article about a pastoral message Bishop Kevin Doran had sent to parishioners, which stated that if  abortion was…

Tributes paid to man of Faith, Big Tom

Dubbed Ireland’s king of country music Big Tom was also described as a man who was “very committed to his locality and parish” after his death this week. Tributes have streamed in for the music legend, who died aged 81 on Tuesday. Thomas McBride [his real name] dominated the showband scene in the 1960s and…

Uni chaplains voice support against ‘Celtic tiger era’ rents

University chaplains have voiced solidarity with students struggling to pay exorbitant student accommodation costs which have seen yearly increases in some cases, with some saying prices are back to “Celtic Tiger era”. Students from Dublin City University (DCU) have been protesting the large rent hikes of Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) facilities in the area.…

Remove clerics who misled Pope, urges campaigner

The Pope should do more than ask forgiveness from the survivors of a prominent Chilean priest if the Church is serious about a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to fighting abuse, Marie Collins has said. Last week Pope Francis apologised for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in Chile following a recent investigation into allegations…

Barrister challenges politicians over defamatory tweets

A barrister has lodged High Court proceedings against Health Minister Simon Harris TD and Senator Catherine Noone over tweets he has described as defamatory. Benedict Ó Floinn BL claims that following a panel discussion on RTÉ Radio’s Saturday with Cormac Ó hEadhra the politicians tweeted comments that were defamatory, disparaging and damaging to his professional…

Derry nun honoured through film

The second anniversary of the death of the young Derry nun, Sr Clare Crockett, who died in an earthquake in Ecuador, was marked this month with the release of a film about her remarkable life. The 33-year-old Servant Sister died when the school building she was in collapsed on April 16, 2016, but her positive…

‘12 weeks’ campaign to educate voters

A pro-life group has begun a new online campaign called “12 weeks” to inform the electorate about the humanity of the unborn in preparation for the upcoming May referendum to remove the Eighth Amendment. Save the 8th will show social media users a video of a scan of an unborn baby at 12 weeks gestation…