Category: Features

A concert today keeps the doctor away

Madison Duddy explores how concert going can improve health   For many, music is a significant part of their life. The second people start their morning commute, the headphones go in or the car radio is switched on, bringing some fun to an otherwise ordinary morning. One does not have to be a singer, dancer…

A Search for solitude: The woman behind Grásta Dé

Personal Profile Madison Duddy Such spiritual places of retreat will be needed to recover ground lost to the materialism of modern Ireland,” says Gráinne McGroarty, a Co. Donegal native who founded Grásta Dé, a group of hermitage sites within the Inishowen peninsula. Gráinne believes this hectic world wears people out physically and spiritually, and a…

Thinking your way to good health

Negative thoughts can cause more damage than you think, writes Madison Duddy   With stresses like work, family, friends, relationships and money, it’s hard to stay positive. Some days, people feel like it is just one thing after another. On days like that, when the alarm doesn’t go off, the car won’t start and coffee…

On the mission for justice

Personal Profile Madison Duddy speaks with Misean Cara Chairperson Justin Kilcullen   Clearly, the work of the missionary orders as represented by the Irish is actually coming to an end. You can see the numbers are declining slowly, but surely, some things evolve in a different way, and we have to be able to continually…

Happy Holidays?

Madison Duddy gives travel tips and tricks to guarantee a stress-free summer getaway With the summer months upon us, people begin to plan and prepare for their summer holidays. Whether it be a trip with family or friends, everyone is itching for a weekend on a beach or exploring a new city. While being on…

Feeling blessed in sun drenched Lourdes

Youth Space Claire Murray I walked into Shannon Airport for the eighth year last month, to go on the annual Diocesan Summer Pilgrimage to Lourdes. I had the honour of being there twice as a youth helper, and this was my sixth trip going as a youth leader. Even though there are different people coming and…

Finding Love Online?

Madison Duddy explores how technology has changed the way we date It’s no secret that social media has changed the way people interact. In recent years dating apps have become more popular, changing the fabric of the dating world. While most singles spend their time swiping through photos and biographies of potential matches in their…

Showing pro-life is pro-woman

Personal Profile Madison Duddy speaks with Northern Ireland’s pro-life campaigner Dawn McAvoy The pro-choice movement feeds off the modern-day feminism movement. Notable slogans like “my body, my choice” are meant to empower women. Dawn McAvoy, a founder of Northern Ireland’s Both Lives Matter organisation, says this ‘feminist’ narrative actually hurts women and stems from a…

Surviving student homecoming

Madison Duddy hears a chaplain’s advice to students returning home from college   When every academic year comes to a close, students are forced to pack their things, leaving a life of freedom as they head for their hometowns. After the initial enjoyment of free food and clean laundry wears off, college students realise they…

Answering God’s call to evangelisation

Personal Profile Madison Duddy   At the age of 16, Co. Carlow native Julianne Donlon Stanz climbed Croagh Patrick where she and her peers had a “transformative encounter with God”. She felt like God spoke to her, so she wanted to strengthen her relationship with the Lord. During her education, Julianne realised she wanted to…