Category: Family & Lifestyle

Family News and Events

Fed with bread Would you like to learn how to make local Irish breads in a very relaxed atmosphere within a small group? If so, why not head to a thatched barn in Co. Down where you can hear about traditional breads, how they formed the diet pre and post famine in Ireland, and then…

Try healthy coconut and raspberry brownies

Sweet Treats   Laura Anderson   This January as many of us endeavour to make a healthy start to 2019 it doesn’t mean having to abandon your favourite baked treats. These refined sugar, dairy and gluten free brownies are a great way to get a delicious chocolate hit, without the guilt! Even better, with all…

White snow, but blue new year

Seasonal sadness can destroy your Christmas holidays, but there are ways to combat it, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   The Christmas holidays are a highlight in almost everybody’s calendar, but the season can be tinged with unexpected feelings of unhappiness and loneliness, with these spilling over or bubbling up in January. The ‘Christmas blues’ or ‘post-holiday…

The practical wisdom of Zen

Science of Life   Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that began in China during the Tang dynasty (618 – 907). It is a combination of the insights of Buddha (490-410 BC) with the Tao. The Tao is an intuitive philosophy used in China for thousands of years and pointing to the essence of…

Faith is a choice, but not blind

Personal Profile There’s more to our beliefs than meets the eye, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   Renowned Doctor of the Church, St Thomas Aquinas once opined: “Beware the man of a single book” – but for Fr Conor McDonough OP, this is a warning that he needs not fear. The 32-year-old Dominican friar who hails from…

Dad’s Diary

The lorry groaned as the enormous skip landed with a metallic thud on my driveway. This was going to be spring-cleaning on an industrial scale. Five years ago, a sudden job offer precipitated a hasty move to Dublin from our old farmhouse in West Cork. We had far too much stuff to take with us,…

Family News and Events

Tickling the brain

 Why is the sky blue? Why don’t penguins’ feet freeze? These are the types of questions Ireland’s brightest young science students will answer through their exhibits which will go on display at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition running from January 9 -12. A highlight on the secondary school calendar, the…

Making a list…and checking it twice…

Preparing for Christmas can take the stress out of the day, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   There are certain facts that you can only learn about by growing older: time is a limited resource; your health is a priority; and of course, Christmas is really stressful. For kids, this festive day is almost other-worldly, where they…