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10 January 2019 17:48 Sport and entertainment shows keep Irish viewers glued to their TVs

Dermot Bannon, the Late Late Toy Show and the Eurovision Song Contest all had Irish viewers glued to their TV screens last year. But it was sporting exploits at home and abroad that had most people settling down in front of the television in 2018. Figures from industry monitoring body, TAM Ireland, show that sporting fixtures - including Ireland's rugby 67

25 December 2018 10:32 Pope Francis urges Christians to put love before materialism at Christmas

Pope Francis has urged Christians to forgo the greed, hoarding and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love. Francis celebrated a Christmas Eve Mass on Monday night in St Peter’s Basilica, opening a busy week for the pope that includes a Christmas Day message and blessing, a December 26 prayer, New Year’s 61

18 December 2018 10:45 Ireland West Airport expecting busiest period in its history this month

Ireland West Airport is expecting more than 50,000 passengers this month. They predict that 30,000 passengers will walk through the airport over the Christmas period, making it the busiest in the airport's history. They said that passenger numbers estimated to arrive and depart at the airport over the Christmas period are expected to be up 6% compared 60

12 December 2018 20:17 Corn Uí Mhuirí and Harty Cup draws: Cork guaranteed two football semi-finalists

Cork will have two schools in the last four of the Corn Uí Mhuirí after this evening's quarter-final draws threw up two all-Cork pairings. Group C winners Hamilton High School Bandon, who overcame reigning champions Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne on Tuesday, have been drawn against Clonakilty Community College. St Francis' College, Rochestown, who topped 76

12 December 2018 15:58 Pope removes two cardinals from cabinet after sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet after they were implicated in the Catholic Church’s sex abuse and cover-up scandal. The Vatican said that Francis has written to Chilean Cardinal Javier Errazuriz and Australian Cardinal George Pell thanking them for their five years of service on the so-called Group of Nine, or C-9. Francis 54

15 November 2018 08:14 PAC to review spend on luxury toilets for papal visit

The Government spent more than €1m on “luxury toilets” for high-ranking guests, portaloos, and a marquee as part of a €15m spending spree for the August visit of Pope Francis to Ireland. The Office of Public Works confirmed the new figures in a detailed document given to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members in recent days. According to the file, which 24

14 November 2018 11:02 Pope Francis denounces gossiping as he says tongues ‘kill like a knife’

Pope Francis has denounced gossip as a form of “terrorism” and is warning the faithful against telling lies. Francis explored the Catholic commandment against “bearing false witness” during his Wednesday general audience. He warned the faithful in a chilly St Peter’s Square that “We all live by communicating, and we are continuously on the edge between 24

28 October 2018 12:07 Pope Francis grieves for Jewish victims in Pittsburgh

Pope Francis is grieving with Pittsburgh’s Jewish community following the massacre at a synagogue in the US state. He denounced the “inhuman act of violence” and prayed for an end to the “flames of hatred” that fuelled it. Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh on Sunday in St Peter’s Square, a day after a gunman who had expressed hatred of Jews opened fire in the synagogue 37

25 October 2018 16:30 Rochestown come from behind to defeat Coláiste Chríost Rí in Corn Uí Mhuirí

There was a major second-half turnaround at Ballincollig as St Francis College, Rochestown took victory in this Corn Uí Mhuirí Group A clash with neighbours Coláiste Chríost Rí. Trailing by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time, Rochestown had fallen five points behind early in the second half when Alan O’Hare had a goal chance only for Kenny Lynch to pull off a great 31

19 October 2018 13:20 Pope’s leading Vatican detractor continues criticism over abuse cases

The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal has blamed “the scourge of homosexuality” for sex abuse by members of the clergy. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said the Vatican was being hypocritical in refusing to acknowledge it. The archbishop issued a third installment in the war of words over the cover-up 23