Category: Family & Lifestyle

The myth of an ideal Christmas

Colm Fitzpatrick explores the stress behind closed doors this Christmas   Christmas often evokes nostalgic and warm memories of peace, love and thanksgiving, yet for many families in Ireland, it can be one of the most difficult and painful times of the year. Family tensions, such as violent disputes among siblings, uneasiness with extended family…

Bringing the youth back to God

Youth Space   Imelda Hartnett gives an insight into the life of ministry   Most days I would wake up not knowing what the day ahead would look like. Every couple of mornings I would wake up in a different bed, a different house, heading off to a school I’ve never been to before. I…

Treasuring Advent’s simple pleasures

My late father never got into too much of a fuss about Christmas. While the rest of us were dashing around like headless chickens, he always seemed to be his usual serene self. Whether his Christmas presents cost the earth or the offering was just a humble pair of socks or a scarf, his reaction…

Family News and Events

Marriage – An Unlikely Blessing Marriage’s benefits are hardly something The Irish Catholic has skimped on extolling in the past, but one thing perhaps neglected in these pages is how it may lower the risks of developing dementia. A study of worldwide studies suggests that single people are between 24% and 42% more likely to…

Dad’s Diary

“Tell me a story about when you were a boy.” That’s the unchanging instruction I have received from my eight-year-old boy at bedtime for weeks now. At first, I thought this was brought on by my father’s colourful stories of his childhood in Ballyvaughan, where fact and fiction intermingle fantastically. One recent story was about…

Family News and Events

Sugar club screens Disney classics Running up to Christmas, the Sugar Club on Dublin’s Leeson Street is showing a series of Disney films, including such Pixar classics as The Lion King, which shows this weekend. The ‘Disney Xmas Classics’ series runs at 3pm every Saturday, and is a must for Disney lovers of all ages.…

Faith in the Family

I can feel the Christmas crazy beginning to descend. I have had great plans about being organised. I actually bought a couple of presents about six weeks ago – but then it all went pear-shaped again and I find myself with a list of things to do and a shorter Advent to do them in. Advent…

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…

Making perfect jumpers for your Christmas tree

Children’s Corner   Advent begins this weekend and it’s officially time to embrace the Christmas spirit, starting by donning your Christmas jumper. Each year, Christmas jumpers get wackier and more distinctive. Yet sometimes it’s still hard to find the perfect jumper of your dreams. It’s very easy to upcycle an old plain jumper and decorate…