Odd times as celebration stays behind a mask

Well, it was a strange St Patrick’s Day for sure – a more sombre and sober one than we’re used to. Maybe, despite Mass cancellations, it was a more spiritual celebration than usual. At least that option was certainly on offer. The media, social and otherwise, played their part by broadcasting streamed religious services across…

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Split personalities put morality on the line

I’ve been sampling a few TV dramas of late, and while some deal with religious themes it’s usually peripheral, as if the programme makers are either unwilling or incapable of more depth when it comes to religious faith. The Split (BBC1, Tuesdays) captures relationship conflict and family dysfunction in a credible way.  The first few…

Mary Lou’s lack of respect a bad omen?

Watching the news coverage last week, the atmosphere in Leinster House as the 33rd Dáil got under way was largely cheerful and celebratory – especially as we saw the newly elected TDs arrive in style or not, often with their proud families. However, on last Thursday night’s Nine News (RTÉ1) we saw things getting nasty…

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Spirituality brought closely into focus

Frequently in these pages contributors speculate and agon-ise over what is needed to make the Church healthy and vibrant into the future. No easy solutions there, but cheerfulness, positivity, purpose, service and innovation will go a long way. Sr Stanislaus Kennedy encapsulates all of the above and watching the excellent documentary Being Stan – A…

Deep thoughts silence the clash of the ash

I’m not a great fan of attaching celebrities to programmes, but I can understand that they  will boost ratings, and high ratings help ensure that a show can thrive. Former President Mary McAleese has been attached to many RTÉ programmes, the latest being All Walks of Life (RTÉ1) which started last Friday. It’s a simple…