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Irish parents will soon be voting as to whether they want their local schools to remain Catholic. Because 92 per cent of Ireland’s 3,000 primary schools are Catholic, Catholic education is something we have always taken for granted in this country. In Britain, where just 10pc of schools are Catholic, Catholic education is greatly prized - even by...

Every year I write a long and worthy list of New Year’s resolutions. Among them are to exercise more, eat better, and live a healthier lifestyle. Around this time each year, a mere fortnight after making such pledges, just 14 days after declaring that “this year I will keep those promises to myself” I realise that I have already failed to keep...

A little piece of Dublin history was made this week when the Guild of the Little Flower marked 100 years of its Penny Dinners initiative at Meath Street. The centenary year was marked in October 1 with the launch of Little Flower Penny Dinners – Meath Street, Dublin 1912 – 2012, a record of the good works undertaken on behalf of the poor and...

An old friend is struggling to cope with the changing moods and often fiery outbursts of her eight-year-old son. She confesses she yells at him in frustration “clean your room, pick up your Lego, get ready for bed, stop sneaking chocolate from the multitude of selection boxes which arrived over Christmas”. Unsurprisingly he yells back, “you don’t...

There is a place in southern Africa, a home just off the red dusty road, a rural place where some 250 children are cared for and most of all loved. Last July I took one giant leap of faith and set off by myself to a country and a continent I had never been to before, to a distant land known as Zambia. To say I was a little nervous about my...

As 2012 rolls into 2013, you will be encouraged to look ahead, become a new, improved you, free yourself of your past, and launch into 2013 a totally different person. I’m going to ask you to try something totally different this year: How about being a bit more like the old you? You know the one I mean – the one full of hope for the future, happy...

Ever since childhood, my Christmas has been filled with Bing Crosby, all the Christmas films you can find, gingerbread and mince pies, carols and if I was lucky, snow. A lot has changed since I was a little girl but much has also stayed the same. As a child I despised mince pies. In the weeks coming up to Christmas, some nights there would be...

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