Opinion

Is Ireland facing a secular future?

October 25, 2017

With the numbers of Catholics on the decline it seems Ireland is on the way to facing a secular future, the percentage who identified as Catholic on the census falling from 84.2 percent in 2011 to 78.3 percent in 2016. There has also been a corresponding rise in the number of those with no religion, growing by 73.6 percent. Those with no religion now accounting for 10 percent of the population compared to 6% five years ago.

Opinion

Does religion have a place in the classroom?

October 4, 2017

Teachers and anyone who can look back to their times in second and sixth class know how the First Confession, the First Holy Communion and the Confirmation dominate the classroom with the teachers running round like headless chickens trying to ensure that everything is prepared for the approaching deadline.

Features

Where did Valentine’s Day come from?

February 8, 2017

It  is that time of the year when Christmas and New Years have passed, and the masses of red and pink items land in shops all around the world. Valentine’s Day is once again upon us,

Features

True religion should never produce violence, at its core it’s about peace

March 23, 2016

Asking if religion is part of the problem of terrorism says Mc Kinley is the wrong way to look at the issue: “I think the question then becomes, if religion is part of a problem and you then have to find what that problem is and it differs in different ways then how can it also be part of the solution.”

Articles

The Science Behind…Faith

March 28, 2013

Some atheists say that religious belief is a kind of irrational glitch in the system that we should work hard to overcome, but things are much more complicated than claiming religious people are uneducated or