Category: Irish News

Primate cautions against centenary divisions

Staff reporter The Primate of All-Ireland has warned against allowing this year’s centenary commemorations of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme to divide Irish people. “I hope that in our remembrance of 1916, we are very aware of the present and the possibility that we could drive a wedge during this year, rather…

Holy Land needs bridges, not walls – bishop

The success of the peace process in Ireland may offer a template for a long-term solution to tension and violence in the Holy Land, Bishop John McAreavey has suggested. Speaking after a trip to the region which included stops in Gaza and the West Bank, the Bishop of Dromore told The Irish Catholic he feared…

Ossory launches new Confirmation programme

The Diocese of Ossory has launched a Confirmation Retreat Programme which is led by teenagers as instructors and guides to the Confirmation children. Named ORC (Ossory retreat programme for Confirmation) the new programme is based at St Mary’s Cathedral Campus, Kilkenny and is being co-ordinated by Fr Brian Griffin, a newly-ordained priest, along with at…

The popular Augustinian retreat centre, Orlagh, in Dublin is to be sold. The Augustinians have been on the site since 1872 when they acquired the property for use as the novitiate for those who wished to join their ranks. For more than a decade, however, Orlagh has been a retreat centre offering a programme of…

News in Brief

Ulster rugby players to speak on Christian faith Three well-known Ulster Rugby players – Ruan Pienaar, Wiehahn Herbst and Paul Marshall – will be talking about their faith at a service in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on Monday, January 25, at 8pm. Ruan Pienaar has 88 caps for South Africa and played for the South African team that won the World Cup…

Child direct provision payment increase ‘paltry’

The Government’s announcement to increase the Direct Provision Allowance (DPA) for asylum seeker children by just €6, has been described as ‘paltry’ and as falling far short of the recommendations of NGOs tasked with identifying improvements to the system. Among the recommendations of the report from the Government-appointed working group published last June, was an…

Strong faith drove civil rights activist

A strong sense of faith inspired veteran Derry civil rights campaigner Paddy ‘Bogside’ Doherty, according to tributes paid to the 89-year-old who died at home last week following an illness. Paddy Doherty was a driving force behind the Inner City Trust which rebuilt many of the buildings in Derry destroyed during the Troubles. His close…

Government neglect killing rural Ireland, priests warn

Cathal Barry and Mags Gargan ‘Brain drain’ threatening many parishes The Government has been accused of neglecting rural Ireland to such an extent that many people see no hope for the future, priests at the coalface have told The Irish Catholic. Clare-based Fr Harry Bohan said rural communities “have been so badly neglected that it is nearly impossible to…

Vatican pays tribute to David Bowie

A senior Vatican official has paid tribute to rock legend David Bowie who has died this week at the age of 69 from cancer. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, tweeted lyrics from the singer’s 1969 hit Space Oddity. The British rocker has previously spoken about the importance of spirituality…