Category: Parenting

A rich history of social justice

A Parent’s Perspective   My daughter is studying history for the Leaving Certificate and was quizzing me recently about the differences between communism and socialism. I was just about to settle down to watch a film so I took the easy option of playing a few YouTube videos and referring to George Orwell’s Animal Farm…

Dad’s Diary

It was a proud moment this week, watching my eight-year-old son tog out as captain of his school football team. He looked smart in his kit and even had an easy authority, as he casually directed his teammates, as he walked up to take the kick off. It seemed only yesterday that I was kicking…

Faith in the Family

Diarmuid is doing his Leaving Certificate this year and recently had a very interesting Irish essay for homework – ‘Will young people in the future have Faith?’. They were asked to explore a number of questions including the impact of the Pope’s visit, the scandals that continue to rock the Church and whether young people…

Dad’s Diary

In the deepest dusk, I found myself in a Hampshire woods, reading the names of Irish holy women from their graves. Many of these departed nuns were born in the 19th Century, and had lived through times of great upheaval, war and conflict. It moved me to see my compatriots buried in exile, many long…

Faith in the Family

Danny and I will be 25 years married on the 25th of this month. I struggle to understand how so much time has passed since we walked together down the aisle of St Patrick’s Church Murlog – my own parish having been rather unfortunately double booked! And yet, so much has happened I wonder how…

Dad’s Diary

“Ten years.” I found myself contemplating these words in awe and disbelief last week. Time had pulled its usual trickery. The day before yesterday, I was walking down the aisle with my new wife – then there was something of a busy blur – and suddenly a decade had passed, as if instantaneously. Ten years…

Faith in the Family

We will talk for years to come about the weekend Pope Francis came to Dublin. Four of us were at the fabulous Festival of Families in Croke Park and all six of us at the Mass in Phoenix Park. It was wonderful to see the Pope in Ireland and wonderful for our family to experience…

Faith in the Family

We are off to Rome this weekend – and I am so excited! Now Rome in the middle of August will probably be sweltering hot but Rome is always wonderful. My brother Niall and sister-in-law Fritzie are in Ireland from Chicago for a couple of weeks and had decided to visit Rome which prompted our…