“The last person out should switch off the lights.” That’s Donegal-based priest Fr Edward Gallagher’s stark reaction to revelations this week that dozens of rural post offices are set to close. Fr Gallagher, parish priest of Kilcar, said it was “another sign of the death of rural Ireland”.It’s hard to...

It’s understandable – and right – that most people are deeply distressed and desperately upset about the uncovering of the Tuam babies’ remains. It’s altogether a terrible story, and the grief of the mothers as well as the pitiful little lives of the infants and children can only be imagined.It illuminates the fact...

It’s all over bar the shouting, so the saying goes. As the Citizens’ Assembly moved last weekend from a session of presentations and questioning to a phase of internal debate towards a final ballot on recommendations to be put to the Oireachtas, it is a fairly safe bet that we have not heard the last of the shouting on the emotive...

It is very hard, three years after the story first broke, to write again about the Tuam mother and baby home and all the deaths that took place there in the years of its operation from 1925 to 1961. What else is left to say?I read again what I wrote at the time for this and other newspapers and it still holds up even in light of last week’s...

If we are to be horrified by what we are learning about the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, we should probably reserve our anger more for how the infant children of unmarried mothers were treated in life than in death.The Mother and Baby Home Commission of Investigation has, as we know, conducted test excavations late last year and earlier this year by...

All things considered, I believe that I grew up with a relatively healthy concept of God. The God of my youth, the God that I was catechised into, was not unduly punishing, arbitrary, or judgmental. He was omnipresent, so that all of our sins were noticed and noted, but, at the end of the day, he was fair, loving, personally concerned for each of...

In a season when there is much focus on weddings – spring brings us the ‘wedding fayres’ at which the Big Day is so lavishly marketed – it’s surely apt for Pope Francis to focus on marriage preparation, rather than the matrimonial procedure.He recently told a group of priests that “good preparation” for...

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