Category: Family & Lifestyle

Back to school with a difference

A sense of normality is important to settle children into the school routine writes Ruadhán Jones The balancing act of home-schooling and working will finally come to an end for many as children are set to return to school in September. Unsurprisingly, parents are very keen for their kids to get back to a semblance…

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Dave Hunt, “planting seeds for the future”

Personal Profile “Sic parvis magna” is a Latin phrase attributed to Sir Francis Drake, the English sea captain of the 16th century. It’s often translated as, “from humble origins to great challenges”. This quote applies neatly to those pursuits and endeavours which seek to further the message of the gospel in today’s world. No one…

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Saying a name many ‘dare not speak’

A Parent’s Perspective Reading about the death of John Hume, Nobel Peace Prize winner and prominent Northern Irish politician, what stood out was his persistence and unshakeable commitment. Many commentators have mentioned his courage, charisma and kindness and how he spoke out for what he knew to be right. He was a firm believer in…

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Dad’s Diary

There’s something wonderfully retro about the summer holidays of 2020. Irish people are holidaying in Ireland again – just like they did in the old days, before foreign holidays became de rigeur. The byways of West Cork and Kerry are again filled with Irish registration plates. Some come all the way from places as exotic…

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Make your own sparkling lemonade!

Children’s Corner Although the summer months are coming to an end and school is on the horizon, it’s still not too late to make your own summery and refreshing sparkling lemonade. There’s a lot that can be learned in the process of making this beverage, understanding the scientific process behind it is another added bonus…

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Family News & Events

Hop on your bike for a family adventure For cycling lovers and adventurous families who want to get out and about and be active together, hop on your bike and get down to 8th Lock, Grand Canal in Dublin. This socially distanced cycle from Park West along the Grand Canal to Griffeen Park is said…

Entertaining kids without a screen

Here’s how to make the most of the last month before school starts writes Ruadhán Jones It’s been the summer like no other, following on from a bumpy spring and presumably leading into an autumn of uncertainty. However, one of the constants in all the chaos was the newfound understanding of the positive role screens…

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The priest bringing Christ to the prisons

Personal Profile Jason Osborne Fr Stephen McBrearty is a man intimately familiar with God’s mercy. He spends his days communicating just that as lead Catholic Chaplain to the Northern Ireland Prison Service, a role which would see him become a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). Ordained in 1981, and…

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Faith in the Family

The Gaelic football season had barely begun after lockdown when one of the lads in a neighbouring club informed his senior team’s management that he had symptoms of Covid-19. All activity was halted, an upcoming match was postponed until the lad in question was tested. Thankfully the test came back negative and club activity resumed,…

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