Category: Features

Bernie Kane: an unshakeable faith

Personal Profile Bernie Kane has had a life full of extraordinary moments. For about 30 years he was a radio DJ with Ocean Fm, NorthWest Radio, Q101 and Glencoe Radio. “I should be retired but I’m still working,” he says, for the White Hotel Group based in Ballyshannon. Originally from Roscommon he moved with his…

Marie Evans: a life of healing

Personal Profile   “I  just feel I’m here to help bring people closer to God in the wider sense, and that is my work.” Marie Evans hails from Castleblaney in Co. Monaghan but has now settled, among the trees with her dog Millie, in the remote townland of Lurganboy, Co. Leitrim. She was once a…

Dissecting the loneliness epidemic

Róise McGagh asks: At the heart of it all, why are people lonely? Why do we get lonely? A simple question with a very complex answer. Is making an effort to interact with more people in a day the way to cure it? It is estimated that around 400,000 people in Ireland suffer from loneliness.…

Tipperary hurler turns Kenya volunteer

Personal Profile Sometimes it is easy to forget just how lucky we are. In Ireland, we are ranked as one of the wealthiest countries in Europe. People largely have access to healthcare, free water, some – be it expensive – housing and plenty of food. Niall O’Meara had the opportunity to realise just how lucky…

How polluted is your home?

‘Is the air in your home affecting your health?,’ asks Róise McGagh ‘Go out and get a bit of fresh air’, we were told, by parents, teachers and friends. Whether we are feeling under the weather mentally or physically. But what is so bad about the indoors? It is a recent enough biome in terms…

Are Irish kids healthy?

Róise McGagh examines whether children in Ireland are exercising enough. Kids are often quite energetic and would naturally take care of themselves when it comes to running around and filling their daily quota of activity. However, in recent years technology has had a big impact on the how active young people all the way up…

Supporting UCD students in a search for meaning

Personal Profile   Faith communities in University College Dublin (UCD) are growing, and offer a space for students to support each other in their Catholic beliefs, according to the university chaplain. While there was only about a dozen students who attended lunchtime Mass when Fr Eamonn Bourke began his ministry four years ago, nowadays they…

A step in the write direction

Journaling can works wonders in improving your life, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   Modern life can be pretty fast-paced; trying to juggle a million different commitments often means that people rarely have the time to sit down and reflect on their day, week or month. However, the opportunity to introspect by analysing your actions and relationships…