Category: Family & Lifestyle

Family News and Events

Don a daring face and do a duathlon Several kilometres of running, then cycling, followed by more running is definitely a testing challenge for any family looking for adventure, but it would certainly be rewarding to triumph over this physical feat. Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA club in Kilkenny has announced a brand-new event as part of…

Slow down on fast fashion

Vintage clothes offer a solution to our ecological and fashion crisis, writes Madison Duddy   In today’s world, fashion is one the largest polluting industries in the world. With severe ecological damage caused from ink that contaminates local streams to the unrecyclable plastic that ends up in the ocean or a landfill, dealing the fashion…

Cannabis: Food for Thought

Medical Matters Last week saw the signing of new legislation that will allow for the operation of a Medical Cannabis Access Programme in Ireland.  The law allows a medical consultant to prescribe cannabis-based products for patients who suffer with any one of three specified conditions. These include spasticity due to multiple sclerosis, intractable nausea due…

Dad’s Diary

French campsites remain for me the archetypal holiday destination. It’s hard to describe the utter excitement we felt at arriving in France as children. The first time I left Ireland, in the early 1980s, was aboard a ferry which departed from just near my home in Cork. The ferry port was so close that we…

Fighting for life as an Irish doctor

Personal Profile Madison Duddy   One of the leading voices in the Irish pro-life movement, Kerry-based Dr Andrew O’Regan, can remember a time when being a ‘pro-life doctor’ was not even considered, because all doctors knew their purpose was to protect life. “‘Pro-life doctor’ was a silly term because surely all doctors are pro-life and…

Family News and Events

Picnic time for teddy bears Organised by ADHD Ireland, families are invited to attend their 2019 Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the playground area of Ashtown Castle in the Phoenix Park. There’s plenty of opportunity to meet other families for a fun day out in the sunshine. Organisers say: “Bring along a picnic or purchase from…

Get Running

Mary Jenning   If you are not a runner (yet), you may wonder what the attraction is. From the outside running must seem like a very boring hobby indeed. Constantly putting one foot in front of another for minutes and possibly even hours? How is that in any way exciting? But talk to any runner…

Nourishing our spirituality

Mindful Living Dr Noel Keating   We have seen that meditation is a universal practice which has a particular expression and meaning in the Christian tradition. Many who practice meditation have been drawn to do so because of its pragmatic benefits. Indeed, the spread of mindfulness as a secular practice in health and other secular…