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RTÉ to broadcast Easter services from Maynooth

“The pitch-dark chapel will be illuminated by hundreds of individual candles held aloft by congregation members, all of them lit from the Paschal Candle which will itself be lit from the Paschal Fire situated outside the College Chapel” – Fr Tomás Surlis, Rector.

2019.04.18.

Be fearless in your work to restore hope, Armagh Archbishops say in joint Easter message

“We can use the energy and power of Christ’s resurrection to bring hope and purpose into our own lives and into the lives of others.”

2019.04.14.

Way of the Cross provides rare public manifestation of faith

Around 1,000 people are expected to join Archbishop Martin today in Dublin's Phoenix Park to relive Christ’s passion -weather permitting

2018.03.30.

Good Friday alcohol ban is lifted

Under new legislation, only day pubs will be closed now is Christmas day.

2018.01.27.

Poll shows public split on Good Friday drinking laws

“There are only two days in the year when the pubs close, the other one being Christmas Day. In time will they open on that day too?"

2017.06.20.

Man who has carried 12-foot cross through 176 countries visits Ireland

Keith Wheeler has been travelling around the world with his cross for over thirty years as a pilgrim of peace with a message of reconciliation and love.

2017.05.30.

Irish society needs to undergo a lot of truth-telling – Bishop McKeown

“We have buried many people and many facts – and often hope that time will erase their memory. But Resurrection tells me that you cannot kill the truth and bury it.”

2017.04.18.

New Zealand also bans sale of alcohol on Good Friday

“Ireland’s relationship with alcohol, particularly in the context of mental health, depression and suicide, has to be examined.”

2017.03.07.

Pioneers want Good Friday alcohol ban retained

“Our hospital beds are occupied with up to 2,000 patients with illnesses related to excess alcohol and in the region of three people per day die in Ireland for the same reason.”

2017.02.08.

Church in better shape to meet future says Bishop Leahy

“As Pope Francis says, it’s not just an era of change that we are in, it’s a change of era. We must change with it and create a Church that is more ready and better prepared to meet the future than we have the past” – Bishop Leahy.

2016.12.22.

Message of hope needs to be heard more than ever

In his Easter homily, the Primate of All Ireland reminds the faithful - “We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song." Tá Críost éirithe! Go deimhin, tá sé éirithe!

2016.03.27.

Violence is never the answer: Archbishop Martin

"We live in a world where the name of God is used to foster attitudes and deeds which could not be farther away from the real identity of God.”

2016.03.26.

Bishop Cullinan defends Good Friday alcohol ban

"What kind of example is Irish society setting its young people if it cannot do without alcohol being on sale for one day."

2016.01.22.

Primate’s tribute to President’s ethics initiative

“The Christian vocation is to seek out and accompany those who suffer a long ‘Good Friday’, and open to them the promise of resurrection."

2015.04.06.

Bring hope to those tempted to despair: Primate

Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh go leir.

2015.04.05.

Keep Good Friday alcohol ban say Pioneers

New PTAA president, James Shevlin, says country's licensing laws are already sufficiently generous and liberal.

2015.04.02.

Archbishops to lead Good Friday Walk of Witness

Ecumenical gesture presents a public sign of the Churches’ work and witness together to the wider community.

2015.04.01.

Passion play makes its return to Ballylinan

Cast of up to 130 people to act out the Passion while over 100 people are involved in preparing sets, costumes and various production tasks.

2015.03.20.

President attends service to mark Battle of Clontarf

Millennial anniversary of landmark battle on 23 April 1014.

2014.04.24.

New Mass setting marks Limerick’s culture role

Easter vigil to be broadcast live from St John's to mark status as National City of Culture.

2014.04.19.

Millennium celebrations for Battle of Clontarf

Service at St Patrick's Cathedral Armagh to mark death of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland.

2014.04.16.

Trafalgar Square to stage Passion on Good Friday

Up to 20,000 expected to throng London square for epic performance by Wintershall Players.

2014.04.14.

New Easter play based on the life of Veronica

Though Jesus does not appear, his influence abounds.

2014.04.10.

Thousands view life-size Shroud of Turin exhibition

Dublin display shows reality of the suffering Jesus endured for us.

2014.03.15.
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