Family and Lifestyle

Our children always comment (or complain depending on how you look at it) that whenever and wherever we are on holiday we will end up in a cathedral, a church or a graveyard at some point of the trip. That was certainly true this year when we went to Italy. From little quiet chapels in villages along Lake Como to the enormous beauty of Il Duomo,...

The summer holidays are gone too soon. Our freshly scrubbed children, in their brand-new oversized school jumpers, have been packed off back to school, proud to be elevated a year higher in the pecking order. Gone are the languorous days of summer, where time flows easy.The kids are happy to be back to school. One of the great achievements of...

As the most recent census indicates, the number of young people today attending Church is in serious decline. Although many still identify as “spiritual”, the Church and its message is one that has been rejected by much of the youth in Ireland. There are, however, various ways in which young people can be drawn back to it. 1. An...

Most of us love sharing pictures on social media whether it’s a family party, a child’s first day at school, a First Communion or some other memorable occasion. I love photography and, since I was a little girl, I was fascinated by the idea of capturing moments in time that you could look back on and savour. Facebook has been the...

It was a comment on Facebook, responding to the announcement that a friend is expecting her first baby: “Fantastic! You will love every minute of being a parent!” I have to admit, I laughed – possibly a little hysterically – and thought: “No you won’t!” It is not that I think this new mum won’t love...

Last week my family and I attended the fifth session of the annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Every week, there’s a different guest speaker and, on this evening, it was Kathleen Chada, the mother of Eoghan and Ruairi Chada, whose husband received two life sentences for the murder of the boys in 2013. Kathleen spoke bravely of her...

After the Manchester terror attack, our screens had an endless loop of images of panic, followed by heartrending images of parents frantically searching for their children. Some will never see them again.Even though some of the children killed are a similar age to ours, our children have no idea the attack happened. We are careful never to leave...

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