Family and Lifestyle

Of the many stories illustrating the clash between the ways of peace and violence over the years of the Troubles, surely that of Fr Alec Reid and his attempts to save two British soldiers from execution in 1988 is the most instantly recognisable. In a photograph that made its way around the world in March of that year, Fr Reid is captured at the...

It was with great delight that I was able to spend some time sitting in at a local General Practitioner’s clinic last week. We hospital doctors sometimes forget that what we see is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to medical issues. We also, for the most part, have very limited contact with our patients, whilst a GP might not only see...

According to the Irish Cancer Society there has been an increase in young women smoking in Ireland and lung cancer now exceeds breast cancer in women. Factors such as stress, alcohol, peers or sheer boredom can influence young women to smoke but the tobacco industry also plays a role in the encouragement of smoking. Rachel Wright from the Irish...

An area of family life that everyone finds difficult to manage at some stage is homework, study and exams. Frustrated parents, whose children do not want to do their homework or who show no interest in school or state exams, contact me regularly. “If I don’t stand over him he won’t do a thing”, is a common enough complaint. Even from early in a...

One could attempt to explain in so many words what iCatholic is about, but when all is said and done, a far better exercise – for something designed around visual media - is to visit www.icatholic.ie and simply look for yourself. In an instant, you will see an impressive archive of over 300 Church videos and the iCatholic player that makes it all...

In any conflict, the suffering of children is perhaps the most awful to see. However, children can also provide a lasting solution to a conflict. From the very beginning of the troubles in Northern Ireland, children were killed. In 1971 alone, 10 children were killed in various attacks. Towards the end of the tragic saga, the 1998 Omagh bomb...

Can a Dublin housewife change the world? Well, maybe not the world, but she can certainly make a life-changing difference to a section of it. That’s what Debbie Deegan did when she set up the charity To Russia with Love 15 years ago, helping over 5,000 abandoned and orphaned children in the Bryansk region of Western Russia, and touching the lives...

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