Category: Family & Lifestyle

Are Irish kids healthy?

Róise McGagh examines whether children in Ireland are exercising enough. Kids are often quite energetic and would naturally take care of themselves when it comes to running around and filling their daily quota of activity. However, in recent years technology has had a big impact on the how active young people all the way up…

Breaking down political philosophy

Everyday Philosophy An important distinction in political philosophy is that between substantive and procedural questions. If I have a substantive problem with an action, it’s because of the moral rights or wrongs of the action itself or its results. Imagine the government raised the top rate of income tax. If I were to criticise that…

Giving pollinators a helping hand

Green Fingers We as humans are very dependent on tiny insects called pollinators. We need them because they pollinate most of the fruits and vegetables that make up our diet. Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from one flower to another by insects. The transfer of pollen between flowers of the…

Family News and Events

Through the looking glass Lewis Carroll’s works will be reimagined this January as the Sligo Hospital Musical Society presents their 23rd annual pantomime. This band of talented HSE employees has donated almost €200,000 to local Sligo charities from show proceeds. This year brings their first ever pantomime sequel following on from the successful 2014 Alice…

Supporting UCD students in a search for meaning

Personal Profile   Faith communities in University College Dublin (UCD) are growing, and offer a space for students to support each other in their Catholic beliefs, according to the university chaplain. While there was only about a dozen students who attended lunchtime Mass when Fr Eamonn Bourke began his ministry four years ago, nowadays they…

Dad’s Diary

I was working at home when the call came. A shake in the teacher’s voice told me that this was no ordinary playground fall. She said my son had fallen badly while playing football and that “he couldn’t see afterwards” and was complaining of headaches, as well as cuts to his arms and legs. I drove…

Dangers of unchecked high blood pressure

Medical Matters Have you had your blood pressure checked recently? Well, measurement of blood pressure, as we all know, is a fundamental part of the routine clinical examination – and for good reason. This is because high blood pressure or hypertension is for the most part a silent condition which, over time, may have far-reaching…

A step in the write direction

Journaling can works wonders in improving your life, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   Modern life can be pretty fast-paced; trying to juggle a million different commitments often means that people rarely have the time to sit down and reflect on their day, week or month. However, the opportunity to introspect by analysing your actions and relationships…

Family News and Events

Finding a Voice To celebrate the music of female composers throughout the ages, a three-day concert series will take place in Tipperary this March. Founded in 2017, Finding a Voice has featured music by more than 50 women composers, from Hildegard of Bingen to newly commissioned works, and performances from leading Irish and international musicians.…