Category: Irish News

Revealed: only 46 Catholic schools oversubscribed

EXCLUSIVE New survey shows media figures ‘misleading’ The number of Catholic primary schools that are being forced to turn away pupils is dramatically lower than has been claimed, The Irish Catholic can reveal. Despite claims by politicians and commentators that one in five Catholic schools are over-subscribed and therefore forced to apply a ‘Catholics first’…

Parishioners praised for ‘incredible’ generosity

A member of the singing group The Priests, who features on this year’s Trócaire Lenten box, has praised the “incredible” generosity of Irish parishes in raising life-changing funds for the world’s most vulnerable. Fr Martin O’Hagan, Trócaire’s representative in the Diocese of Down and Connor, told The Irish Catholic that the “people of Ireland deserve…

Trócaire thinking outside the box

Pictured launching the 2016 Trócaire Lenten Campaign are Jessie Rogers (2) from Celbridge, Co. Kildare and Luka Farrell (3) from Longwood, Co. Meath. For the fi rst time the Trócaire box features Trócaire supporters from across Ireland who are fi ghting for justice for the world’s poor by fundraising, campaigning and volunteering. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall…

Two parishes receive environmental award

Cabra West Parish in Dublin and Ballinaspeaig Parish in Cork have both received an award from Eco-Congregation Ireland (ECI) – a project of the Irish Inter-Church Meeting – for taking steps to ‘green’ their parishes in recent years. Ballinaspeaig was the first church in Ireland to become a Fairtrade parish. It has held a number…

Super Bowl star thanks God after surprise win

NFL football star Peyton Manning has thanked God following his team’s surprise win in this year’s Super Bowl. “I’m very grateful,” the Denver Broncos quarterback said following his side’s victory over the Carolina Panthers, adding that he was “definitely going to say a prayer and thank the man upstairs for this opportunity”. The 39-year-old has…

Mayo walking festival in aid of local hospice

The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail is hosting a three-day walking festival in conjunction with Mayo Roscommon Hospice with all proceeds going to the hospice’s new facility in Castlebar. The festival will take place over March 18-20 running from Balla to Ballintubber (20 km), then Ballintubber to Aughagower (21km) and finally Aughagower to Murrisk (21km). Registration is at…

Redemptorists bid a sad farewell to Rathgar

A large crowd packed Dublin’s Marianella centre for the final Mass of Rathgar’s Redemptorist community. “For 42 years we Redemptorists have ministered to people in the Rathgar-Terenure-Churchtown area,” Fr Ciarán O’Callaghan, rector of the centre, told The Irish Catholic.  Describing their ministry as “genuinely joyful”, Fr O’Callaghan said: “Our decision to close Marianella and its…