Category: Features

The value of a helping hand

Colm Fitzpatrick learns about bereavement support   Family bereavement is a sad reality for many parents across Ireland, but the journey from turmoil to healing is one that parents don’t have to face on their own. In the hope of addressing the shortfall of information and support that was lacking in the country for bereaved…

Bringing Faith to our screens

Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with religious filmmaker Jonny Somerville   Some of the youth in Ireland today may object to the Faith because it seems outdated, but one filmmaker is hoping that the history of Christianity is the very thing that can persuade people of its truth. NUA, an evangelical video series produced by…

Generation anxiety

Young people are increasingly feeling unhappy, writes Colm Fitzpatrick    The 21st Century has been a period of dramatic technological, economic and cultural progress, meaning that society is reaching new highs – but why is it that young people are increasingly feeling so low? Almost half of young people in the UK have experienced a…

Unwrapping the truth

Colm Fitzpatrick explores confusion around Easter recycling   Easter is a time of spiritual reflection and celebration where families come together and, in many cases, indulge in chocolate eggs and all things confectionary. But now that the festivities have wrapped up, what exactly should you do with the chocolate-smudged wrappings? With so many bins and…

A space for faith to be explored

Personal Profile Jake Trant speaks about a university Catholic society   The Dublin University Laurentian Society which takes its name from St Laurence O’Toole, Archbishop of Dublin, was founded in 1953 to provide a meeting place for the growing number of Catholics attending Trinity College. It was one of several societies formed in the period…

Who cares for the carers?

Colm Fitzpatrick explores how former carers can be supported   With over 62,000 people having their time caring for family members come to an end every year in Ireland, a new booklet is promising to guide former family carers through experiences of grief and loneliness, as well as provide information on what steps to take next…

Organ donation: the gift of giving

Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with a kidney failure sufferer   Although organ donation is very rarely spoken about in a religious context, a parish priest is calling on all people to think about this worthy and self-sacrificing act. Fr Patrick Guilfoyle, who is now 72, has been a parish priest based in Tullaroan, Kilkenny,…

Speaking from your heart

Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with a pro-life activist and campaigner   Although Niamh Uí Bhriain is known for her passionate and vocal activity in the pro-life movement, her initial zeal and enthusiasm for activism has much deeper roots, originating from the influence of her parents when she was growing up. For them, it was…

Maintaining a Gospel of hope in family life

David Kennedy   In his letter on the joy of love, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis calls on Catholic families to live their Easter faith and to recognise that at its centre one finds authentic Christian hope. In fact, he emphasises that “in our own day dominated by stress and rapid technological advances, one of the…

Getting trapped in the web

Parents can help protect their children online, writes Colm Fitzpatrick A few decades ago the most useful safety advice given to children was that when out and about you should never speak to strangers. This message was often summed up by the useful adage ‘stranger danger’, which stressed that all strangers can be potentially dangerous. This…