Category: Family & Lifestyle

The Irish family in 2012

  Rory Fitzgerald looks at what the future holds for families   The average Irish family is not exactly skipping into 2012 with a spring in its step, given the ongoing economic crisis. Yet, even amidst bewildering social and economic change, there are hopeful signs that the Irish family remains a vital institution. 2007 was…

Sharing the joy of a family Epiphany

  Erin Fox looks at some traditional ways of celebrating the feast of the Epiphany   The feast of the epiphany is traditionally about celebrating the three wise men’s visit to Jesus Christ. But it also marks the end of Christmas for many. The holiday is celebrated in many different ways across the world; each…

Arts & Crafts: Simple Christmas crafts

Cliona Byrne explains how to make decorations for Christmas   Sewing projects are perfect during Christmas, they can be done while sitting by the fire or watching the television. Since I can remember I have worked on sewing projects over Christmas holidays with my mother, from angels for the top of the tree to little…

Embracing winter

Rory Fitzgerald shares ideas for family fun in wintertime Autumn has passed, and winter has begun in earnest. The season’s cold tentacles now wrap themselves ever deeper into our daily lives. The biting winds and early nights leave us housebound, as the shortest day of the year draws ominously closer. Yet during these long dark…

Crafts: A house of tasty treats

Cliona Byrne explores making a ginger bread house for Christmas   Ginger bread houses have always been a fascination of mine, from fairy tales of Hansel and Gretel to the sheer skills needed for it simply to work. As a child I would watch my grandmother bake cakes, buns and tarts. She would often let…

How to choose the best option for your child

Childcare Given the bewildering array of options available, it can often be difficult to choose childcare. Quite often, the decision will be based on what fits conveniently into your commute, and which is most reasonably priced. All else being equal, Irene Gunning of Early Childhood Ireland, says that before choosing a daycare centre: ”A parent…

Crafts: A treat for Christmas

  Cliona Byrne continues her recipe for a ginger bread house   Last week, we looked at how to make the ginger bread house pieces. This week, it is time to look at how to construct and decorate this little biscuit home. Constructing the ginger bread house can be a little bit tricky, so the…