Category: Lifestyle

The ends never
 justify the means

Everyday Philosophy   Peruse the Catechism of the Catholic Church or a collection of papal encyclicals from the last century or so and it won’t be long before you find a denunciation of utilitarianism, the philosophical position that’s often summed up as being about the pursuit of ‘the greatest good for the greatest number’. Utilitarianism…

Family News and Events

Seek to sea more Take a dive into the deep at Sea Life Bray this spring and become the newest recruits of the Jawsome Rangers and fulfil the mission of finding the missing shark teeth. Guests will be tasked with helping Prof. Finn locate the large Play-Doh model shark teeth in the tanks. This includes…

From the fires of Belfast to Africa’s slums

Personal Profile Chai Brady hears about what love and hope truly mean   Night had just fallen when a Belfast parish priest called an 18-year-old girl to help battle a blazing fire caused by a bombing, living a life devoted to others she immediately responded to the appeal. Sr Patricia Maria Speight FMSA was “haunted”…

Can someone be ‘too old’ to drive?

Medical Matters   The issue of fitness to drive has garnered some media attention in recent weeks after Britain’s Prince Philip was involved in a road traffic accident that came close to inflicting serious injury. Undoubtedly, if he had youth on his side and wasn’t in his 98th year many eyebrows may not have been…

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake – a perfect dessert

Sweet Treats   Laura Anderson   This indulgent no-bake cheesecake is ideal for treating your special someone this coming Valentine’s Day. Although the method is lengthy, it is simple and no baking means there’s no chance you can burn it! Don’t be tempted to add any extra ingredients to the filling though, as this could…

Family News and Events

Tiny Tots Tuesday: Gymboree! Bring your little ones along for a morning of music, dance and games in an interactive workshop on Tuesday February 12. EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum, is located at the heart of Dublin at Custom House Quay on the River Liffey – the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s…

Family News and Events

Fun to the Xtreme A travelling fun park will be touring Ireland soon with attractions from family rides to ‘white knuckle’ rides. Xtreme Funfair will be making an appearance around the country from March 2, with the first event being held in Swords, Pavilions Shopping Centre Co. Dublin from March 2-19. It will be open…

Learning to agree before we can disagree

Everyday Philosophy   On discovering that I study philosophy, scientists (or people who think of themselves as having scientific leanings) often ask passive-aggressive questions about philosophy’s progress. “If science can tell us the age of the universe and give us a pretty good idea of how species evolved on earth, why can’t philosophy come up…