Category: Features

Slow down on fast fashion

Vintage clothes offer a solution to our ecological and fashion crisis, writes Madison Duddy   In today’s world, fashion is one the largest polluting industries in the world. With severe ecological damage caused from ink that contaminates local streams to the unrecyclable plastic that ends up in the ocean or a landfill, dealing the fashion…

Fighting for life as an Irish doctor

Personal Profile Madison Duddy   One of the leading voices in the Irish pro-life movement, Kerry-based Dr Andrew O’Regan, can remember a time when being a ‘pro-life doctor’ was not even considered, because all doctors knew their purpose was to protect life. “‘Pro-life doctor’ was a silly term because surely all doctors are pro-life and…

Get Running

Mary Jenning   If you are not a runner (yet), you may wonder what the attraction is. From the outside running must seem like a very boring hobby indeed. Constantly putting one foot in front of another for minutes and possibly even hours? How is that in any way exciting? But talk to any runner…

Calling youth to a fulfilling life of service

Personal Profile Madison Duddy   The Daughters of Charity have committed themselves to service and prayer for almost 400 years. In a world of preconceptions of religious life and the Church, the good work they do can often be misunderstood, leading to fewer young women choosing to join. After 43 years as a Daughter of…

Eco-friendly families

Chai Brady hears about parenting and being green   Being environmentally friendly is something that many people are striving for, particularly in recent years as hundreds of studies and reports are conducted and published from reputable universities, the UN, EU and the Church. Pope Francis has given the drive to be eco-friendly fresh impetus with…

Life or death

When disaster strikes it can be difficult not to freeze, to become motionless in a moment when action is needed immediately to save a life. It’s one thing overcoming this fear or anxiety, it’s another to know what to do in a situation in which a person’s life is on the line. Whether this is…

Encouraging courageous Mothers of the Church

Personal Profile The subject of women’s role in the Church has been a hot topic in recent years. In Kilmore diocese, one talented individual has been key in organising a group of women who are keen to learn more about modern human and spiritual formation. Originally from Chicago and of Irish parentage, Kathryn Clarke is…

Morals and movies: lessons from the silver screen

Towards the end of Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man film (released 15 years ago now, so I hope the statute of limitations has passed on spoilers), the villainous Green Goblin confronts our titular hero with a moral dilemma. He engineers a situation where Spidey’s beloved Mary Jane Watson and a cable car full of schoolchildren are…