Category: Lifestyle

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…

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…

The inspirational genius of Turner

‘Good morning, Mr Turner: Niall Naessens and J. M. W. Turner’ Exhibition in Print Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland, free admission to January 31, 2018 Every January the NGI mounts an exhibition of its collection of Turner water colours. For conservation reasons these can only be exhibited in the  season of low winter light. The…

The boon of the bean

Medical Matters   Coffee is one of the most widely drank beverages in the world and indeed in Ireland is consumed by about 75% of the population. While many of us are familiar with the caffeine boost we get from coffee, it is actually only one of up to 1000 bioactive compounds it contains that…

A world beyond the prison walls

Families are being helped to grow together despite imprisonment, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   Although to many imprisonment might seem like the end of the world, an Irish-based voluntary group are reimagining and reforming how families can cope and grow together in spite of these difficult circumstances. The Bedford Row Family Project is a Franciscan/Mercy initiative…