Have you ever seen the largest choir-chapel in the world or the oldest native tree in Ireland? Are you interested in mysterious deaths and haunting ghosts? You can hear about all these and more on a tour through the Georgian, Victorian and Gothic Revival buildings of St Patrick’s College in the picturesque and bustling university town of...

Over 20,000 people braved the harsh weather to climb to the summit of Croagh Patrick last Sunday, with pilgrims of all ages, abilities and disabilities approaching the mountain with rain coats, backpacks, walking sticks, and climbing boots – or in some cases without, with a few hardier souls braving the rough terrain barefoot.Tuam’s...

Fr Ciaran Dougherty OPAt the beginning of the Metaphysics, Aristotle said “all men desire to know.” And he was right.But he wasn’t just talking about the acquisition of random knowledge, he had a very specific thing in mind. He wanted to know what was what.This day after your ordination, it may seem that everything is done...

Niamh Uí BhriainBy any standards, Karen Gaffney is an extraordinary person. A long-distance swimmer who relay swam the English Channel, she is an impressive and witty public speaker whose TED talk on inclusion for people with disabilities has captured global attention. She is also the first living person with Down Syndrome to receive an...

Irish missionaries are renowned and respected across Africa, but not many have lived the eclectic life of one man in particular.This Limerick native taught at Catholic schools, worked as an ambulance driver and in hospital administration, survived malaria, and now serves as the Chancellor of a diocese the same size as the island of Ireland.Tony...

If Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College last week managed an impressive prelude to next year’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin through hosting two lectures and an academic seminar with the prelate the Pope has tapped as the key interpreter of his document on marriage and the family, Cork didn’t let the side down.Saturday saw...

Jessica Lomongin stands with street children Alan Ewesit (13), Itabo Esinyen (10), Marcus Eka mute (12), Francis Eskiru (11), Washington Esimit (14), Mark (12) and two unknown children. Photo: Chai Brady

When there is tragedy anywhere in the world, it is usually children who suffer the most. Although the Catholic Church and Trócaire are helping to keep children in Kenya from disease, starvation and abuse, it is a problem that has deteriorated due to severe drought.The Diocese of Lodwar was established in Turkana County, Northern Kenya in 1978....

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