Category: Family & Lifestyle

Give your children the gift of Irish

Caoimhín De Barra explains how he not only taught himself Irish, but is raising his children through Irish in the US   When I was in primary school, I hated Irish. Mostly, I hated it because I struggled at it so badly. Never in a million years did I imagine that I would one day…

Faith in the Family

Sometimes God just breaks in. That phrase, “You can’t pour from an empty cup” makes sense to me and so for Lent this year one of my commitments was to take time out. On a sunny Thursday morning I took myself to Ards Friary – for quiet time. A few days previously a friend of…

Getting out of your shell with crafts

Children’s Corner   When scissors are introduced into a child’s world for the first time, all sorts of mayhem can ensue, but what could be better than putting their skills to good use and recreating one of nature’s most-loved reptiles? Turtles and tortoises comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours; certain species can…

Family News and Events

Family fun, bluebells and forest trails
 Getting out into nature is always a welcome activity for the children, particularly in an age where being glued to smartphones or Netflix is becoming all the more common. The whole family could go to Moore Abbey in Kildare for Easter Monday to enjoy a walk, stroll or run…

Do e-cigarettes save tobacco addicts?

Vaping acts as a replacement nicotine source which may precipitate a new public health crisis, writes Hannah Harn   Cigarette smoking, which causes nearly 6,000 deaths in Ireland each year, is on the decline. The annual Healthy Ireland Survey found that the prevalence of smoking dropped from 23% in 2015 to 20% in 2018, and…

Dad’s Diary

My wife came in to my office with a sheepish look on her face. She said that my son’s friend had just called to the door, and had asked if he could go to the park to play. She confessed that she had said “yes” and that he was now gone – out into the…

From Ballymun to Chile in search of social justice

Personal Profile Hannah 
Harn   From growing up in Limerick to leading the conversation in applied spirituality, the path of one Jesuit priest carried him through the Chilean military regime and guided him through his ongoing commitment to social justice service in the modern world. Dr Michael O’Sullivan, Director of the Spirituality Institute for Research and…