Category: Family & Lifestyle

Protecting family time in an age of digital disruption

WMOF2018 Brenda Drumm   As we continue with our preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018, parishes will shortly be offering the first of six parish sessions as part of our Amoris: Let’s Talk Family, Let’s be Family programme.  The first theme that parishes will be looking at is ‘The Reality of Family Life…

A resource – not a burden

Society needs to plan for the reality of longer life expectancies and an active older population, writes Catherine McCann   We age from the day we are born. Yet when the word ‘ageing’ is used, people assume it refers to the older years. What in fact are the older years? Those who are considered old…

Family News and Events

Kilkenny church is a major attraction Would-be historians in the family aren’t the only ones likely to be thrilled by a visit to the former St Mary’s Church in Kilkenny. Now the ultra-modern Medieval Mile Museum, the 13th-Century former church is Kilkenney’s newest visitor attraction, packed with medieval artefacts and treasures, and the starting point…

Fighting an ancient disease in a modern world

Ken Gibson tells Colm Fitzpatrick about the myths surrounding leprosy   An Irish-born charity is working globally to try and make one of the world’s oldest diseases a thing of the past. Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, often evokes imagery of contamination and bodily disfigurement but the reality of the ailment is very different…

How can I get my daughter-in-law to change?

My daughter-in-law and I have never really gotten along. She has recently given birth to our first grandchild and I am desperate to spend time with him but she keeps finding excuses to avoid visits. I’m thinking of saying something to my son, but my husband says it will seem like I’m being critical and…

Dad’s Diary

“Mummy’s always vomiting,” my three-year-old daughter told her preschool teacher merrily, “vomit, vomit, vomit, all day long”.  “Oh, is she now?” said her teacher, with a smile and a knowing glance in my direction. The teacher had surmised correctly; there was indeed a baby on the way. However, we didn’t want to tell the children…

White Christmas, blue aftermath…

Colm Fitzpatrick explores ways to combat seasonal sadness   The Christmas holidays are a highlight in almost everybody’s calendars, but the season can be tinged with unexpected feelings of unhappiness and loneliness, with these spilling over or bubbling up in January. The ‘Christmas blues’ or ‘post-holiday depression’ is a phenomenon that can affect anyone, and…

Family News and Events

Family-friendly museum events Though the holidays are over, the National Gallery of Ireland is offering more occasions for the whole family to have fun and be inventive together. The drop-in session ‘Tearing through nature’ on January 14 from 11.30-3.30 is a creative workshop inspired by Turner’s landscapes, where you can create your own dramatic landscapes…