Family and Lifestyle

Halloween is a busy night for the emergency services. In just 12 hours last Halloween night, Dublin city fire brigade and ambulance services answered 727 emergency calls. Sometimes, they had stones thrown at them as they tried to put out fires. The extra call outs cost €1 million in Dublin alone. The next morning, Dublin’s clean up bill comes to a...

Most of us get our first taste of the working world through a summer job. Up to the early 1990s, even primary school children did casual work like picking strawberries, working in a local shop or gathering eggs at a chicken farm. Since 1996, however, the law has forbidden children under 14 to be employed at all. Teens...

The visit of the relics of St Don Bosco has concluded in Limerick after a 13-day tour of Ireland. Following its arrival in Ireland on February 23, when it was welcomed by Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown at St Agnes’ church in Crumlin, Dublin, the relics visited locations North and South, including Knock, St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast...

The Pope’s intention for December is “that migrants throughout the world may be welcomed with generosity and authentic love, especially by Christian communities”. Are we in Ireland as welcoming as we would like to think? Ireland has been long-famed as the land of a thousand welcomes. Yet, for most of our recent history, we had relatively few...

Missionaries are used to being thrown into the deep end during their work, and so it was for Fr Hugh McMahon, who took up the appointment of Executive Secretary of the Irish Missionary Union (IMU) in September, just a few weeks before the launch of Mission Month.  Originally from a family of five in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Fr Hugh can’t quite...

Over the last seven years, Emmanuel has developed from a single concert by second level school choirs in the National Concert Hall into the largest event of its kind in Ireland, with three nights in the Helix involving over 2,000 students from 58 different schools across Dublin. The huge success of the concerts is down to the dedication of the...

All the continents were represented in Kimmage Manor parish in Dublin last Sunday, when over 150 international missionaries and friends gathered for a celebration of the Eucharist. The Mass was organised by the Irish Missionary Union (IMU) as part of the mission month calendar of events, under the direction of Ronan Barry and Sr Lumay of the...

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