Category: Features

Getting back on track

Taking good care of your back should be a health priority, writes Colm Fitzpatrick Most of us are taught from a young age to stand up straight and keep our shoulders back, but very often this advice falls on deaf ears. It can be more comfortable to eat dinner at the dining table or watch…

Sister of Mercy behind bars

Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with award-winning nun Sr Moira Keane While nuns are usually portrayed in films as hidden away and sheltered from the outside world in convents, an Irish-born Mercy Sister has instead dedicated her life to those locked-up behind prison bars. Earlier this year Galway woman Sr Moira Keane, who has been…

Pressing pause on screen time

Watching too much television is a silent problem in Ireland, writes Colm Fitzpatrick It’s hard not to marvel at today’s technologically advanced world; the fact that we can connect with family and friends from different sides of the planet; find any desired information with a device that fits neatly in our pocket; or order items…

Finding faith in fellowship

Youth Space God also walks among us at youth pilgrimages, writes Siomha Magee I have recently returned from Medjugorje, where I attended the five-day Youth Festival with my mum, and a wonderful group of 38 other people.  It was a fantastic experience! We stayed in a lovely family-run B’n’B, which was about 10 minutes walk…

Home remedies for school work

Homework can seem like a never-ending chore but a parent’s help can make all the difference, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   With school once again in full swing, pupils will be arriving home in their droves to a hot meal, comfortable clothes, and reams of homework. The bane of most children’s lives, homework is seen as a barrier to complete…

Finding wisdom in youth

Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with the youngest parish priest in Ireland   At a time in Ireland when many young men no longer value religious life as a desirable vocation to pursue, the youngest parish priest in the country is setting an example to the next generation that God is still calling them. Antrim-born…

Top tips for starting school

The back-to-school routine doesn’t have to be a daunting military operation, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   It’s been a summer of late nights, gluttonous meals and relaxed rules, but with school just around the corner, the dread of dealing with tantrums from a pouting child is becoming more palpable. Every year, parents around the country must…

Tackling healthy diet myths

Vegan and vegetarian diets are not necessarily the healthiest, writes Madison Duddy   The Economist dubbed 2019 ‘The Year of the Vegan’. With a continued increase in veganism, they might not be far off with their prediction. Over the past few years, more people have decided to adopt vegan and vegetarian diets for health and…

Faith journeys mean most when taken with others

Youth Space Emma Tobin describes a memorable Croagh Patrick pilgrimage Viewed from the bottom, with five hours of sleep in one hand and a borrowed stick in the other, Croagh Patrick appears ridiculously unassailable. Mist chokes the summit, and the rock face that points out towards Clew Bay is nothing but craggy, vertical shafts of…