Category: Features

Willing to wait
Matthew Carlson meets those celebrating chastity   On a typical Thursday night, you might expect young people to be visiting the pubs or enjoying a pleasant Dublin night. If you however find yourself at 23 Merrion Square on a Thursday night, you will find something very different: a group of young people attending Mass, participating…
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Bringing richness to the campus

Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with MIC’s new president   From once a young, budding psychology student to now the new president of Ireland’s largest Catholic university, one man is planning to keep care, social justice, and academic excellence on the map. This year Professor Eugene Wall was appointed as president to Limerick’s Mary Immaculate…

Blessed are the carers
Matthew Carlson meets the 
unsung heroes 
that are carers   Sometimes the people who give the most of themselves are the ones who receive the least recognition for what they do. Carers are one of these groups of people. Carers are unpaid persons, usually a family member, who help provide care to people with disabilities…
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Searching amid the calm

Youth Space Aisling Connolly recalls her experience at Taizé this year   “A simple prayer is like a soft sighing, like a child’s prayer, it keeps us alert” – this is a quote by Bro. Roger, the founder of the monastic Taizé community located in the beautiful southern French countryside, expressing his belief in the centrality…

Bringing fun to the Faith
Colm Fitzpatrick  explores Faith 
camps being offered this summer   With the summer holidays now here, it can be stressful for parents to try and keep their children occupied and entertained in lieu of the normal daily school routine. This can be even harder to combat with young teenagers who aren’t old enough to be…
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Reading God in the notes
Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with liturgist Ian Callanan   With a vast array of musical skills and talent, an Irish composer is spreading the message of the Gospel through the melody of instruments. Born in Cork but now living in Tipperary, Ian Callanan is a contemporary Christian song writer best known for composing the…
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Big changes from small beginnings
Colm Fitzpatrick writes about a rare syndrome impacting Irish families today   “I love what I’m doing because I can see the difference it’s making. I can see the difference it’s making to families.” These words come from a passionate mother fighting for the voices of suffering parents and children to be heard loud and clear.…
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Our fascination with the Royal Family
Science of Life   The magazine rack stands near the checkouts in my local Centra store and I often vacantly ponder the magazine covers as I stand in line waiting my turn to pay for the items in my basket. Prince William and Kate Middleton are pretty much on permanent display and as a result…
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Translating the Faith of today
Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with Irish catechist Brendan O’Reilly   With an inspiring vocation spanning decades, making the Faith accessible to all is still on the agenda for one Irish man. Now living in Co. Meath’s Ashbourne, Brendan O’Reilly has had an illustrious career ranging from teaching, to catechetics and Irish translation. He originally…
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For richer… and for poorer
Weddings are becoming more expensive and lavish, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   The notion of marriage often evokes thoughts of togetherness, love and family but now more than ever the financial costs of weddings are playing a central role in a couple’s decision to postpone it. Weddings nowadays are notoriously expensive, with couples willing to splash…
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