Explore and record your local area

May is here and it’s a wonderful month for celebrating many different occasions. It’s the month of Mary Our Lady, the month of the Bealtine Festival and it’s also Local and Community History month. The Bealtine Festival celebrates arts and creativity as we age. And Local Community and History month encourages communities to explore their…

Rhubarb is a many splendored thing

Rhubarb bonds with so many flavours, like rhubarb and custard tart and hard-boiled sweets, or rhubarb and ginger jam. But it’s also fantastic on its own, without interference from other flavours. Rhubarb jelly 2 lbs rhubarb washed and trimmed Juice 2 large oranges and 2 large lemons (or three small to medium lemons) 6 tbsp…

May is the month of Our Lady

The Easter holidays have only just finished and already we can look forward to another long weekend. This bank holiday weekend, you’ll be getting ready to celebrate the month of Our Lady. Every year, on the first of May, people around Ireland gather blossoms and other May flowers to place at the altar of Our…

A craft activity for the Easter break

The Easter holidays are nearly over, but there is still plenty of time to have fun and indulge in some Easter crafts before you go back to school – all while appreciating the true meaning of Easter. Rabbits, chicks and lambs are popular animals associated with Easter because they represent new life – particularly lambs…

An Easter cake inspired by Resurrection Hill

It’s Easter weekend and it’s time to rip open the bags of mini eggs for some serious Easter baking. But before you jump straight into helping your parents make a bunny rabbit cake or a chocolate nest, think of ways you can bake that reflects what Easter’s all about. This light orange sponge inspired by…

Some ideas to welcome Jesus on Palm Sunday

Lent is flying by and Easter is getting closer and closer. Next weekend is Palm Sunday, the last Sunday of Lent. Throughout Lent, Easter Sunday is the main day we look forward to, but Palm Sunday is just as exciting as it marks the start of Holy Week. Palm Sunday commemorates Christ’s entry into Jerusalem…

Become a March hare or an Easter bunny

We’re now nearing the middle of Lent and Easter is fast approaching. Seeing as we are still in March and Easter is right round the corner, this March hare/Easter bunny head piece is just the craft to make. If you’re having an Easter party or a birthday party, make several of these for you and…

A floral display for Mother’s Day

When St Patrick’s Day is past, you will be getting ready for Mother’s Day next weekend (March 25). While you are making your card and planning a breakfast in bed menu, brainstorm some original ways for presenting a bunch of flowers to your mum. You can cut stems short and fashion a brooch out of…