Category: Features

Spring Clean for the new decade

Roise McGagh reveals eleven tips on making your spring clean a breeze It might not really feel like spring at the moment, with the only hint being brighter evenings. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad time of year to clear out the cobwebs and declutter. You’ve made it through a gloomy January and most…

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Working in the healing industry with Fr Conlon

Personal Profile “I work in the healing industry.” “It all began in Bundoran I suppose around 1985,” says Fr Noel Conlon. People would call to him and he would pray with them. Word quickly spread around the area, and “nearly overnight there was an awful crowd coming,” he tells The Irish Catholic. Fr Conlon, known…

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Lenten fasting

There might just be something beneficial in our old traditions, writes Róise McGagh This Ash Wednesday falls on February 26, meaning Lent is just around the corner. So, if you’re thinking of sticking to tradition this year, this might be a good time to decide what it is you can live without. Many people opt…

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Sr Mary’s 50 years of charity

Personal Profile Sr Mary McNulty recently celebrated her Golden Jubilee after 50 years with the Pallottine Sisters. She returned to her mission in Tanzania for the celebrations where she had worked for nearly thirty years and was a provincial. There were also celebrations at her current home in Macclesfield where she now resides as Mother…

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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.…