Category: Features

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…

Empowering people from the bottom-up

Personal Profile Paul Ginnell tells Colm Fitzpatrick about his new role in fighting poverty   With thousands of people affected by consistent poverty in Ireland, a new director of an Irish-based anti-poverty network is stepping up to the mark to let his voice be heard. European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland (EAPN), established in 1990, is a…

Perfect crochets, sublime quavers

Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick talks to an Irish band that worships God through music   Pope Benedict XVI once remarked that music’s origins lie in the experience of love, sadness, and the encounter with the Divine. Through music, we can, in some way, hear God speaking. One Northern-Irish band has taken on the challenge of…

Liberating lives with the humble spud

Potatoes have often been regarded as the symbolic food of the Irish, providing taste, nourishment and sustenance. Harnessing onto their usefulness, a Dublin-based charity has started a global initiative to bring needed potatoes to some of the most impoverished countries in Africa. Vita is a successful Irish NGO working with the world’s poorest people in…

Assisted dying: an unnecessary evil

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are two practices that are growing in popularity worldwide, with the Netherlands having seen a recent surge in the demand for euthanasia, as reported in The Guardian last month. Although euthanasia and assisted suicide are now legal in only a small number of countries, debate is ongoing in many countries, and…

Warding off winter weather

With the season of winter now firmly in place, it is important to now take the correct safety precautions to combat against inconveniences, illness and injury. The winter weather boasts enticing imagery from Christmas gatherings to hot chocolate, but alongside these lucrative possibilities lies the threat of coldness and the negative consequences it can have.…

Avoiding the Christmas overspend

Colm Fitzpatrick explores how to cut down on costs this Christmas   Christmas often elicits imagery of family gatherings, present-sharing and festive cuisine, but behind this ideal hides many financial costs and burdens. Last year, Retail Ireland projected that the average Irish household spent over €2,500 on Christmas gifts, which may find their root in…

The Christmas retreat that welcomes all

Youth Space Youth 2000 has been one of the main faith-building events that I have been to, writes Ruairí Ben McClintock   Growing up my mother and father always encouraged me to love God. My mother used to read to us children’s Bible stories and my father prayed with us every night. Every Sunday we’d…

You’re not alone in being alone

It’s important to reach out to old people living alone this Christmas, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   Christmas is often associated with joy, thanksgiving and family. However, for over a third of older people in Ireland, this festive holiday will only elicit fear, sadness and isolation. Loneliness, an often ignored epidemic, is plaguing the cities, towns…

Talking family, being family

WMOF 2018 Martin Kennedy   People long for love that lasts. And such love is really possible. This is the good news at the heart of Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) which Pope Francis invites us to embrace and share. The World Meeting of Families 2018 Parish Conversations programme is a resource available to…