Category: Family & Lifestyle

Saving for Santa

Christmas spending doesn’t require breaking the bank, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   For children, Christmas is a magical day in the Christian calendar where gifts, toys and sweets miraculously appear in large, overstuffed stockings. However, behind the innocent smiles of children overwhelmed by the presents before them, is usually the worry of a stressed parent unsure…

Dad’s Diary

Ten-year-old kids are complex creatures. There is but a short period in life when you fervently believe in Santa, but also can operate a computer proficiently. If there were a Venn diagram with circles entitled, ‘Computer skills’ and ‘Santa Claus’ the age in the intersection would be 10. A 10-year-old is at a remarkable juncture…

Family News and Events

A magical ho-ho-ho Christmas is a time of awe and wonder, and there’s no better place for children to experience this than at a magic show performed by Santa! Taking place in Brigit’s Garden, Galway, from December 8-23, Santa and his little helper will mesmerise kids and their families, along with the added touch of…

A fall in the right direction

Personal Profile Most conversion stories sound mundane. They might involve having an interesting conversation, listening to a great sermon or reading a persuasive book. But the story of Alan Field’s journey to God plays out more like a movie than a real-life experience. From criminal turned movie-writer, his story is one worth listening to. Born…

Flying the nest

Waving goodbye to your child is hard but there are ways to cope, writes Colm Fitzpatrick There are times during parenthood when mums and dads fantasise about their child finally leaving home; perhaps it’s during the infancy stage after a series of sleepless nights, or when their stroppy teenager refuses to speak to them. It’s normal…

Meditation and the sound of silence

Mindful Living The contemplative traditions assert that the language for expressing and exploring the spiritual quest is silence. As St John of the Cross expressed it, ‘Silence is God’s first language’. Meditation does not create the silence – it is already there, within the person but meditation uncovers and reveals it.” Silence is the language…

Faith in the Family

Do you know that our brains are like Velcro for negative experiences and like Teflon for positive ones? That is what a psychologist explained to us recently at training for people working with families. The subject was ‘Supporting parents of an anxious child’ and we were being urged to understand that really, our brains are…

Family News

  It’s story time in Kerry Our lives revolve around stories – we listen to the news, read books and regale our children about times gone past. To celebrate all things story, the Sneem International Storytelling & Folklore Festival will present artists of all ages to delight and enthral. Taking place in Kerry’s Sneem Hotel…