Category: Family & Lifestyle

Dad’s Diary

In early summer, the Irish countryside takes on the qualities of Eden – except without the serpents. Lush green foliage bursts forth, unrestrained, all around us. As midsummer’s warmth seeps into the soil, ferns and tall grasses sway, while wildflowers glimmer in the hedgerows. The songs of busy birds, the buzzing of bees, and the…

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Maintaining healthy lifestyle may reduce Covid risk – HIQA A healthy weight, regular exercise, receiving enough vitamin D, moderating alcohol consumption and not smoking all have positive effects on health and may reduce the risk of poor Covid-19 outcomes, the Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA) has said. They examined 46 studies which focused on…

Celebrating the Sacred Heart

The Catholic Church has upheld the Sacred Heart of Jesus for a long time, and it’s as relevant now as ever, writes Jason Osborne The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular devotions in the Church. In this hectic, scattered…

Royal recognition for the works of mercy

Personal Profile Included in the Queen’s recent birthday honours list, much to her surprise, was Ms Maureen Devine MBE of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. Though she doesn’t consider herself a Holy Joe, her almost 25 years volunteering in a number of capacities for the trust were devoted to the works of mercy characteristic of the…

Faith in the Family

Christina Malone The week after Easter I met with some of my work colleagues to record a video for children who are preparing for the sacraments. As we wished each other a happy Easter, I mentioned this Easter had been different. Normally I feel like I am part of the story. From welcoming Jesus in…

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Center Parcs planning €85 million Longford resort expansion Center Parcs is set to spend €85 million on an expansion of its Co. Longford resort, which will see the creation of 250 jobs with its completion. It also said 300 temporary positions are to be created during the construction phase of the expansion. Center Parcs revealed…