Category: Family & Lifestyle

Talking about ‘The Joy of Love’

Pope Francis’ marriage exhortation is a rich source of advice for families, writes Julie Kavanagh   In the coming weeks, many parishes across the country and beyond will begin to host a series of parish conversations as part of their preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018. This series will give anybody who wants to…

A silent addiction

Porn addiction can have longstanding effects, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   With one in three Irish people viewing porn before turning 16, addiction can become a serious and harmful issue. In an age where sexually explicit images and videos are available at the push of a button, questions need to be raised about the negative effects…

Family News and Events

A weekend of visual creations For lovers of visual art, Kilkenny Animated is a festival of visual storytelling, hosted by Cartoon Saloon, that will be taking place across a variety of venues around Kilkenny City from February 23-25. Cartoon Saloon are a locally based animation studio who have been nominated twice for Oscars with their…

Putting fun into the Faith

Personal Profile Claire Devaney tells Colm Fitzpatrick about her youth mission   From exciting camps and clubs to vital school ministry, one woman is stepping up to the mark to give religious education a new lease of life. Claire Devaney is Primary School Co-ordinator with Scripture Union Ireland, an ecumenical Christian organisation which focuses on…

Dad’s Diary

Monkey see, monkey do. Small children are shaped, more than anything, by example. As life underwent a metamorphosis with the arrival of children, many old habits and hobbies had to go by the wayside. Playing guitar was of the few things that survived into this chaotic new epoch. I found I could continue to play,…

Being productive the Stoic way

Science of Life   We would all like to be productive, to use our time well and to get lots of things done. I know I would – I tend to have a problem with procrastination. But effective techniques to enhance productivity are well known, if only we would use them. Today I will outline…

A wonderful dessert that anyone can prepare

Sweet Treats   Strawberry cheesecake has always been one of my favourite dishes to make. Quick and easy, this no-bake cake would suit anyone looking to try their hand at desserts. This particular cheesecake is light and creamy in texture with bursts of sweetness from the strawberries mixed throughout. Perfect for a Sunday evening dessert,…

Faith in the Family

There is a psalm that I have loved for many years and even more so since I became a mother. It is psalm 139: “It was you who created my inmost self, and put me together in my mother’s womb; for all these mysteries I thank you: for the wonder of myself, for the wonder…

A godliness in their eyes

The people of South Sudan need Ireland’s help, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   With poverty, hunger and fear still rampant in war-torn South Sudan, a lay missionary is calling on all Irish people for support. Noeleen Loughran, who originally hails from the small village of Emyvale, Co. Monaghan, now helps suffering children in Africa, having sold…