Category: Family & Lifestyle

Education during lockdown

Róise McGagh looks at the affect Covid-19 has had on children’s education and what you can do to help your kids out at this time   There was recently a call for schools to reopen so Sixth Class pupils could say goodbye to their classmates and teachers. Catherine Martin TD, Green Party spokesperson for education…

Still time to make your Easter Simnel Cake

Sweet Treats   With Eastertide coming to an end on Sunday, if you haven’t made an Easter Simnel Cake yet, you’re definitely missing out – and there’s no time like the present. The name simnel probably comes from the ancient Roman word simila, meaning fine flour. Simple, every day, simnel bread has been made in…

Instilling peace in students with religion

Personal Profile Ruadhán Jones   Faith has always been an important part of her life, explains Sarah Seoige, a teacher of religion and Irish at Athlone Community School and an active member of political party Aontú. Sarah considers herself very fortunate to have had “two of the most wonderful parents any child could have asked…

Faith in the Family

Half the time I couldn’t tell you what day of the week it is. I can’t get my head around the notion that we are at the end of May but I know without doubt that this Sunday is Pentecost. Pentecost crowns Easter, bringing the liturgical season of Easter to a close and powerfully reminding…

Family News & Events

Mental health impact of virus can be severe The mental health impacts of Covid-19 may linger after the pandemic is over according to new research. It found some patients hospitalised due to the virus are likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder months or years after they leave hospital. The risks may…

Alcohol risks under lockdown

Isolation could lead to risky behaviour, writes Chai Brady   Social distancing and staying at home have become the new norm and even as restrictions are eased there are still a lot people doing this to protect each other during the pandemic. However, there are concerns this could be leading to dangerous behaviours due to…

Mysteries and magic behind washing up liquid

Children’s Corner   In these days of lockdown many parents are doing their best to keep their children occupied and up to date with their education. With schools being out of the equation it can be daunting to teach children subjects that may not be a parent’s strong point: like science. However, there are fun…