Category: Irish News

Hundreds receive JPII awards in Derry

Young people from 21 schools and 47 parishes thanked for ‘lifting hearts’   Archbishop of Salzburg Franz Lackner and Bishop Donal McKeown presented the Pope John Paul II Award to 549 young people from across the Diocese of Derry and beyond in the Millennium Forum, Derry City. The young people came from 21 second level…

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All pro-life TDs retain their Dáil seats 
while repeal candidates miss out

Prominent pro-life politicians who were very vocal during the abortion referendum have retained their seats while prominent pro-choice candidates lost theirs in an election which has changed the face of Irish politics. Many high-profile pro-choice politicians lost favour with voters including Katherine Zappone, Lisa Chambers, Regina Doherty, Joan Burton, Ruth Coppinger, Jan O’Sullivan, Catherine Noone,…

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Irish boxer speaks about prayer and Rosary tattoo

A professional Irish boxer has revealed he regularly prays before fights and that he had Rosary beads tattooed on his neck so he’ll never lose them. Well-known boxer Michael Conlan, from Belfast, was speaking on RTÉ’s The Tommy Tiernan Show when he revealed the story behind his tattoo. “I always prayed before a fight but…

Pope declines to answer appeal for married priests

Pontiff says Church shouldn’t clericalise women   Pope Francis has warned against ‘clericalising’ women in the Church and apparently ignored a request from bishops in the Amazon region to consider ordaining married men to alleviate the vocations crisis. It had been widely anticipated by some commentators that the Pontiff’s new document Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazonia)…

Tackle NI gambling says charity after MLA revelation

A Northern Irish charity has dubbed an MLA’s decision to speak openly about gambling’s severe impact on his life as “exceptionally brave”. CARE NI Policy OfficerMark Baillie welcomed Philip McGuigan’s openness regarding an addiction to gambling that cost him more than £100,000. “Stories like his help to raise awareness about the harms problem gambling can…