Category: Features

Putting down the phone in favour of a pen

Writing letters, stories or poetry are widely unpractised skills with transformative potential writes Jason Osborne Last week I wrote about chess as a fun and potentially endless way to while away lockdown during these dark and dreary days. For those that didn’t appeal to, there’s another activity to consider as a coping mechanism during these…

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Checkmating lockdown with chess

As has been commented on endlessly, the most recent lockdown has left many of us sitting at home, twiddling our thumbs. The first lockdown was greeted with some measure of determination and grit, and people made the best of things by picking up new hobbies and skills, trying their hands at cooking, gardening, a musical…

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A theologian for a post-secular world

Personal Profile A generation of philosophers, sociologists, and public intellectuals wrote off religion, declaring that we were moving into a secular age where faith would be redundant. But as Dr Michael Kirwan SJ, new director of the Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin (TCD), points out, this hasn’t happened. In fact, Dr Kirwan explains, many…

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Keeping warm through winter

Wrapping up properly is the key to wrapping up warmly, writes Jason Osborne It may seem like a moot point but keeping warm is absolutely vital in the depths of winter. Working in an outdoors shop for a couple of months upon finishing college, I remember being told about the particular difficulties both Ireland and…

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Ireland’s best travelled church-goer

Personal Profile The lockdown has hit everyone hard, some more than others. For Fearghal O’Muineachain, the virus has cut into a pastime that is something of a passion – visiting churches. Since the age of 15, Fearghal has visited more than 1,100 Catholic churches, cathedrals and Abbey’s in Ireland, as well as a handful of…

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A woman after Our Lady’s heart

Attempting to follow in Our Lady’s footsteps, Sarah Deegan places the utmost emphasis on our common foundation as children of God, whether it’s in her work as a secondary school teacher or in her work with the Legion of Mary. Her faith is wrapped up in the Legion, with her parents being strong proponents of…

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Bringing the pub experience home

While Irish cuisine can seem simple or plain, it is nothing if not hearty. Colcannon, Irish stew, chowder and potatoes of all kinds – they’re hearty, filling and rely on a limited selection of ingredients. I read recently the account a nun gave of her childhood in the West of Ireland in the early 1900s.…

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Coping with the winter blues

Long nights and isolation leave many of us distressed, writes Ruadhán Jones For many Christmas is an oasis of festive feeling, warmth and celebration in the depths of winter. This may feel especially the case this year when on top of long nights and miserable weather we have a pandemic to cope with! The constant…

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