Category: Family & Lifestyle

Putting the spice back into married life

Love Notes   Myself and my husband are together 15 years and managed to keep our ‘spark’ alive well beyond the honeymoon stage but in the past few years things have changed without us really realising that our attraction has faded.   One of the key issues here is the really distorted reality of attraction…

Family News and Events

Crafting cherished childhood memories Armagh Craft Fair returns for the ninth year to the the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre. Bringing high quality craft to the heart of Armagh City, this annual event offers something for everyone. The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre will transform into a vibrant hub of high quality craft,…

All work and no play

Hannah Harn discusses when working hard becomes a health risk   Everybody has had a long week, pulled an all-nighter, or worked overtime on different occasions throughout their life. However, sometimes an extra shift at work can turn into a much more serious issue. Workaholism is often referred to as the compulsion to do work.…

The Spirituality of the Child

Mindful Living Dr Noel Keating   Spirituality can be considered to be an innate dynamism of the human person which inspires us to live life with authenticity; for many it is linked with a specific understanding of the sacred and the transcendent in life. Western culture today tends to undermine any expression of spirituality in…

Carrot Cake – still a firm favourite

Sweet Treats Laura Anderson   Carrot cake is an essential springtime treat, this recipe gives a delicious, moist cake with the perfect balance of nuttiness and spice. If you’re not a fan of walnuts, pecans could be used instead. Or if you’re a lover of raisins in your carrot cake feel free to add them…

Pushing for positive change in the parish

Personal Profile Hannah Harn   Working in child safeguarding was a passion for one Kerry woman after a career of teaching, but not everybody was willing to change their operating procedures. When she ran into resistance from her trainees, Bridie Cronin refused to give up. “I know a lot of parish representatives and priests didn’t…

Faith in the Family

“Simon, son of John, do you love me?” – a question asked not once, but three times. Each time when Simon Peter responds, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you,” Jesus invites Peter’s response to go beyond words, to action, “Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.” These weeks beyond Easter Sunday present us with the…

Family News and Events

Have a bloomin’ good time Promoting care and an appreciation of the environment in kids is on all parent’s check lists, so what better way could there be than seeing some of the best of what nature has to offer? Bloom is Ireland’s annual garden festival which takes place at the Phoenix Park in Dublin…

Let the games begin

Hannah Harn discusses the pitfalls and potential of Ireland’s video game industry   When most people turn on their gaming console, they are looking for an hour or two of fun on the weekends. Now, some of the best players the gaming world has to offer are finding ways to turn a hobby into a…

Living the Easter message all year long

A Parent’s Perspective   At the Easter Vigil Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh some years ago Archbishop Eamon Martin recalled how St John Paul II loved to quote St Augustine: “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song.” As a child, a lot of my…