Category: Feature

Trinity College library’s millennium-old treasures

An online exhibition highlighting the histories of the unique and rare collections of the library of Trinity College Dublin is available online and represents 3,000 years of “creativity, memory and knowledge”. The Library of Trinity College Dublin dates back to the establishment of the college in 1592 and is the largest library in Ireland. Its…

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Baptism: Beginning of Ministry

Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap The baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan marks the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus. He came out of the years of hidden life. There was no need for Jesus, being without sin, to participate in the ceremonial washing that John the Baptist offered people. But by submitting…

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Bringing schoolchildren on ‘A Pilgrim Path’

Dispelling myths and prejudices, Chai Brady hears about young people and their relationship with God Schoolchildren have a “great hunger” to discuss and engage in discussions about God and they must be given this opportunity, according to a retreat facilitator that has worked with multiple schools. Anita Phelan, who has a degree in applied psychology,…

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Reflecting on a year that was on the Hook

Controversial pundit George Hook talks to Chai Brady about faith, the politics of outrage and advice for modern Ireland Undoubtedly the year 2020 will go down in history, with the extent of the worldwide response to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic unprecedented and severe. For that reason there has been an abundance of…

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Crafting crosses and thinking of Christ

A productive lockdown leads a Belfast man to carving crosses for Christians, writes Chai Brady Although the start of Jim Deeds’ wood carving journey had a few hiccups – his dog ate one of the first crosses he made – he’s now receiving orders across Ireland and as far away as Malta and the US.…

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‘If you want to rebuild the Church, make sure the social life of the parish is as active as the spiritual one’

Today’s world is confusing, the cure is to think less about ourselves and more about others, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks tells Michael Kelly This interview was first published in the March 12 edition of The Irish Catholic. Rabbi Sacks died on November 7, 2020. May his memory be a blessing. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is one of the…

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Walking on air with Aled Jones

Famed Welsh chorister Aled Jones speaks to Ruadhán Jones about faith, Christmas and his new album With his features still youthful and boyish, it’s not hard to link Aled Jones as he is today with the fresh-faced 15-year-old who shot to fame for his performance of Walking in the Air. A cover of a song…

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