Mary Gannon: A community spirit

Personal Profile   In August 2019 Mary Gannon was asked by her parish priest, Fr Odhran Furlong, to come up to him after Thursday morning Mass. He told her that at 11am on Sunday, Bishop Denis Brennan would be presenting her with the Benemerenti medal. “It was unbelievable really because it was something that I…

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Home Experiments

Got a curious mind? Róise McGagh looks at the benefits of informal learning and lists ideas to spark some creative experiments at home   Many parents are finding it difficult to help their kids to stay occupied and take some interest in their school work since everyone has been sent home. Some kids might not…

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The life of a lay missionary from Ireland

Personal Profile   “What keeps me going is just a strong faith and belief that this is what Christianity is about,” says Sally Roddy, long-time member and current President of Viatores Christi (VC). She has spent years working on staff and volunteering with VC, the lay missionary group who this year are celebrating their 60th.…

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Why kids should read

RóiseMcGagh writes about just how important reading is, and how you can encourage your kids to pick up a book   Can you recall the smell of that perfectly flat, untouched paper, the cracking of a stiff spine, and the feeling of excitement after reading the blurb of a new book you have been dying…

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Helpline for elderly receives more than 1,100 calls after cocooning measures introduced

ALONE’s Covid-19 helpline for older people received over 1,100 on Saturday calls following the introduction of the cocooning measures. Seán Moynihan, ALONE CEO said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for all of us but particularly older people and especially those who live alone,” The charity commended the practical support being offered by Local Authorities.…