Family and Lifestyle

After five years of terrible summers, a perfect Irish summer seems a fantasy, like unicorns or Shangri-la, yet they have happened. If your memory stretches all the way back to 1995, you will remember the best Irish summer on record. Temperatures were high, rainfall was low, and it was mostly sunny. 1976 was the second-best summer on record, and...

In 1976 the military forces of Argentina staged a coup against President Isabel Peron, widow of Juan Peron, citing their frustration at her incompetent leadership in a guerrilla war against paramilitary groups. The subsequent military junta, which ruled until 1983, was among the most oppressive in the history of South America. The military...

Last Saturday night Terenure College Chapel in Dublin hosted an evening prayer service for youth leaders to celebrate and acknowledge their commitment to youth ministry in the Irish Province of Carmelites. The Carmelite Youth & Young Adult Ministry office was established by the province four years ago. It was developed from the ground up and...

In his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI launched the Year of Faith, inviting us “to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ”. (PF,2) He urges us to engage with the Vatican II documents and the Catechism. How might these documents impact upon our...

International Babywearing week runs from October 8 to 14. This year, the theme is ‘carrying on traditions’.  All across the world, since ancient times, mothers have carried their babies bound close to their bodies by wrapping them in a long cloth called a sling. For millennia, animal skins, lengths of cloth, and other devices have been used,...

According to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland one in 10 people in our population are affected by dyslexia. This means 2-3 children in every classroom are likely to have some type of dyslexia. The association defines the condition as a “specific learning difficulty which makes it hard for some people to learn to read, write and spell correctly”...

A debate around ‘life’ continues in Ireland, the Church has a moral responsibility to contribute to the debate. It can be confusing for young people to understand all the different opinions. Simply - the Church is pro-life. Life is a gift from God and as YouCat explains, every child “from the moment of conception on, has a right to life...

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