Category: Family & Lifestyle

Family News & Events

Time to make art among the animals Many families have been cooped up for a long time, only now being able to go on some visits and days out, what better way to celebrate the easing of Covid-19 restrictions than getting creative and letting children’s imagination flow? ‘Come make art among the animals’ is an…

Lockdown effects on people young and old

The pandemic is a monolithic event, yet its effects differ from person to person writes Ruadhán Jones The pandemic has resulted in far reaching, monolithic difficulties for us all. It has reminded us that we are not invincible, that we are, in fact, incredibly frail beings. However, it has also underlined our common humanity, as…

Crisis deepening our understanding of Eucharist

Personal Profile A Polish priest based in Co. Dublin believes the Covid-19 pandemic is changing and deepening our understanding of what the Eucharist is about. Fr Dominic Zwierzychowski OMI from Poznan says the faithful, despite being kept apart physically, are feeling a greater sense of togetherness during these difficult times. In an interview with The…

Without Mass we cannot live

A Parent’s Perspective At the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in 2008 in Quebec, Canada, Pope Benedict XVI spoke passionately via satellite about the Eucharist as “our most beautiful treasure” and “the sacrament per excellence”, introducing us early into eternal life. The theme of the congress that year was ‘The Eucharist, gift of God for the…

Dad’s Diary

My eldest daughter skipped downstairs to breakfast, threw her arms in the air in triumph, and announced delightedly: “Today we are going to see nana and granddad!” It had been almost three months since the kids had met with their beloved grandparents. This pandemic-induced hiatus was all the more frustrating, knowing that they were just…

Daft densities and floating oranges

Children’s Corner There’s a lot to be learnt about how certain objects interact with water. It can also raise a of questions. Fruit for example, why do certain fruits that look big float, while a smaller fruit might sink? One of the biggest factors here is density. When trying to guess if an object will…

Family News & Events

Helping kids move from primary to secondary Transitioning from primary to secondary school can be difficult and intimidating for children, what better way to get them prepared than an outdoor skills programme in the wilds of Co. Mayo? The day of fun, adventure and life learning is said to be an opportunity to; -Explore how…

Keeping smart about your heart

We can do a lot to maintain a healthy heart writes Chai Brady   Many people are not seeing their family doctor as regularly as normal due to Covid-19. Most general practitioners are offering consultation via telephone or over the internet and people who are on regular medication are continuing to prescribe this. There have…