Category: Features

Jazzing up your window boxes

With summer here and little prospect of overseas travel, there are simple ways to bring a bit of colour to your home, writes Ruadhán Jones What are window ledges for if not to beautify with a lovely flower arrangement? Or perhaps you’re more of a practical type and would like some herbs! Whatever you fancy,…

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From Alpha through omega, it’s a whole new world

Personal Profile Jason Osborne Most people know Alpha as a series of sessions exploring the Christian Faith, open to those of all faiths and none. With each talk designed to explore a different question concerning faith and with the intention of creating conversation, it caters perfectly to the truth-seeking mind. However, it does so much…

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Get behind the mask

As face coverings become mandatory in shops and public transport, Ruadhán Jones delves into the science on why they work and how to use them Ireland has come quite late to the face-mask game, but as the threat of a second wave remains and a vaccine still appears to be far away, the Government has…

Still rarin’ to go 50 years on!

Personal Profile Fr Paddy Kelly CSsR always wanted to be a priest and 50 years on he’s still itching to get to work once the lockdown ends. Much of those 50 years Redemptorist Fr Kelly devoted to ministering with Ireland’s traveller community, for whom he has worked tirelessly. Speaking to The Irish Catholic, he said that…

Dealing with dyslexia during lockdown

Ruadhán Jones discusses how children can improve their word skills at home Many parents have struggled to effectively help their children with schoolwork during lockdown; for parents of children with dyslexia, it’s even more challenging. Experts suggest that around 10% of children in Ireland are affected by dyslexia. This suggests that there are many school…

Building community spirit and connection

Personal Profile Jason Osborne It was perhaps more than a little symbolic that Fr Michael Toomey should be ordained on June 14 in 2009, the feast of Corpus Christi. It makes sense that a man who would do so much to bring communities together should enter his ministry on the day celebrating the oneness of…

Keeping the faith alive in a digital age

Personal Profile For many religious communities, the coronavirus pandemic has been a time to discover the importance of an online presence. It’s something that the Oblates of Mary Immaculate have been wrestling with for some time, and has come into sharper focus during the crisis. Rebecca Roughneen, digital communications specialist for the Oblates in Inchicore,…

Lockdown disturbing your sleep?

Weird dreams and disturbed sleep have been frequent complaints during lockdown, so now’s the time to consider your sleep hygiene writes Ruadhán Jones We’ve all heard how important good hygiene is to combat the coronavirus. Even before that, no doubt, the practice of washing your hands after going outside and always brushing your teeth would…