Category: Family & Lifestyle

Inspiration from Pope Francis and Greta Thunberg for 2021

Laudato Si’ Jane Mellet Happy New Year everyone! This month the young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg celebrated her 18th birthday. In August 2018, Greta sat outside the Swedish parliament, striking from school, in protest of the failure of world governments to urgently address the environmental crisis our world is facing. It takes great courage…

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Plague may have caused die-offs of ancient Siberians Ancient people brought the plague to Siberia about 4,400 years ago, which may have led to a collapse in the region’s population, new genetic analysis suggests. Evolutionary geneticists Gülşah Merve Kilinç and Anders Götherström, both of Stockholm University, led a team which extracted DNA from the remains…

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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Faith in the Family

We went walking in Glenveagh yesterday. It is a walk we have done many times but this time we took a notion and walked it backwards, beginning at the end and ending up at the beginning. What has always been a nice walk was transformed. Coming from a height, down now towards the lake, with…

A traditional treat: cherry almond loaf cake

This is an old-fashioned family favourite that remains ever popular. It is an essential recipe for every baker’s repertoire. There is nothing better with a cup of tea in the evening with its crunchy crust and delicious buttery inside studded with sweet pops of cherry. Ingredients l 200g red glace cherries l 190g butter l…

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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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Be the face of Christ for 2021

A Parent’s Perspective A quote I saw on Pinterest says: “Dear God, I’m placing 2020 in your hands.” I’m not sure if it was written at the start of 2020 or as the year progressed but, it’s a very good prayer for what was a strange, strange year. As we head into 2021, we have high…

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