Category: Features

Remember to save the date

Don’t give up on dating when you’re older, it might just save your marriage, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   “Marry, and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it; marry or don’t marry, you will regret it either way,” the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once remarked. While this quip was written to shed…

Listening to the call above

Youth Space   We can open up a space to help people encounter God, writes Gerard Hanley “I’d like to believe in God but he’s probably not real”. This is how I expressed my faith to a friend when I was 13-years-old. I was setting myself up for a life without God. I hadn’t seen,…

The birds and the bees

Parents should be the first educators when it comes to sex, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   Most people find broaching the topic of sex uncomfortable and for many parents this awkwardness is only heightened when discussing the subject with their children. ‘The Talk’ as it’s euphemistically phrased, denotes the time in your child’s life when you…

A snapshot of Faith alive in Rome

Youth Space Pilgrimages abroad are a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded Catholics, writes Mark Caffrey The Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia who are based in Limerick once again organised a young-adult pilgrimage to Rome at the conclusion of this summer. Our journey took us to the very heart of the Faith. Thematically based around St…

Getting back on track

Taking good care of your back should be a health priority, writes Colm Fitzpatrick Most of us are taught from a young age to stand up straight and keep our shoulders back, but very often this advice falls on deaf ears. It can be more comfortable to eat dinner at the dining table or watch…

Sister of Mercy behind bars

Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with award-winning nun Sr Moira Keane While nuns are usually portrayed in films as hidden away and sheltered from the outside world in convents, an Irish-born Mercy Sister has instead dedicated her life to those locked-up behind prison bars. Earlier this year Galway woman Sr Moira Keane, who has been…

Pressing pause on screen time

Watching too much television is a silent problem in Ireland, writes Colm Fitzpatrick It’s hard not to marvel at today’s technologically advanced world; the fact that we can connect with family and friends from different sides of the planet; find any desired information with a device that fits neatly in our pocket; or order items…

Finding faith in fellowship

Youth Space God also walks among us at youth pilgrimages, writes Siomha Magee I have recently returned from Medjugorje, where I attended the five-day Youth Festival with my mum, and a wonderful group of 38 other people.  It was a fantastic experience! We stayed in a lovely family-run B’n’B, which was about 10 minutes walk…

Home remedies for school work

Homework can seem like a never-ending chore but a parent’s help can make all the difference, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   With school once again in full swing, pupils will be arriving home in their droves to a hot meal, comfortable clothes, and reams of homework. The bane of most children’s lives, homework is seen as a barrier to complete…

Finding wisdom in youth

Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with the youngest parish priest in Ireland   At a time in Ireland when many young men no longer value religious life as a desirable vocation to pursue, the youngest parish priest in the country is setting an example to the next generation that God is still calling them. Antrim-born…