Family and Lifestyle

For thousands of years people have been following in the footsteps of St Patrick and climbing to the summit of Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday – the last Sunday in July. People of all ages partake in the pilgrimage, many of whom follow the tradition of climbing the rocky terrain in their bare feet. Despite the arduous nature of this pilgrimage,...

"I’d never have thought of putting faith in to photography before to be honest,” says David Finn, “it’s a hard enough challenge trying to get pictures of faith because faith is a thing in your mind. It’s something inside rather than something you see in a picture. But hopefully we’ll pull it off!” David, a Transition Year student at St Brendan’s...

In this, the year of The Gathering, there has been much talk about Ireland’s diaspora. The term ‘diaspora’ has become common currency only in recent decades, but it has a very ancient origin. It derives from a Greek word, meaning scattering or dispersion. Amongst its first known uses was in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy, where the Jewish...

This little bronze Madonna comes from the hands of Br Benedict Tutty, monk and artist. He was from Hollywood, Co Wicklow, born there in 1924, of a large family of 11 children, and was christened John. After his schooling he trained as a butcher but God was calling him to walk a different path. He responded by entering the Benedictine Abbey of...

Thinking about getting a prostate exam done Don’t put it off too long. Once a week or so, I meet a patient who has been chatting with a male friend and wants to get his prostate checked for cancer. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in Ireland. Almost every man over the age of 80 has prostate cancer but for most men it is not...

A visit to the website of the international group the Dandy-Walker Alliance offers full information to the visitor about a syndrome which typically affects the brain’s cerebellum and therefore coordination and movement (www.dandy-walker.org). The site also informs that one in 2,500 children is born with Dandy-Walker. Perhaps of most interest...

May is the traditional month for many Marian devotions. Almost every village in Ireland has a prominent Marian shrine, and the Rosary was a part of daily life in most Irish homes until recently. Several important Marian movements began in Ireland which spread throughout the world and remain deeply influential worldwide. Historically speaking,...

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