Category: Features

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…

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…

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…

How the world is making us anxious

Stella O’Malley discusses why we feel more anxious, stressed and overwhelmed, and what we can do about it   Have a look at the statistics in the list below: -About one in five people experience a mental health issue in any given year. -Anxiety disorder is the most common mental illness in Ireland, Britain and…

Memory Lane

Chai Brady discusses the challenges of memory loss   Our life experience can give hope and security, teaching many lessons and offering a chance to reflect and grow, but when memories become fuzzy and things are harder to recall either in the short or long term this can certainly be an intimidating and scary process.…

Reaching the masses over the airwaves

Personal Profile   After years of seeing the goodness of the Franciscans and their work in the community, an 86-year-old radio DJ is delighted he followed the religious path. Believed to be the oldest man on the radio Fr Cletus Noone, who has a show called Noone at Night on Saturdays at 9pm, recently celebrated…

Golden slumbers

Chai Brady discusses the roadblocks to a good shut-eye   Sleep is one of the most important things to watch in order to maintain a healthy body and mind it’s often said, but despite this age-old wisdom today’s hectic world seems to work against a good night’s rest. Existing in a time when visual entertainment…