Family and Lifestyle

The long summer school holidays are nearly upon us and it is time to start thinking of activities to keep children occupied. Summer camps and holidays away can only keep them busy for so long, and it’s far too easy to let children zone out in front of the TV or an electronic device. It is better for their health and creativity to fill their...

Grace Fitzgerald Last month 60 fourth year students from Laurel Hill Secondary School in Limerick, ventured over to Mayo to undertake one of Ireland’s highest mountain, Croagh Patrick. Tensions were high when we first spotted our initial glimpse of our hike to come, especially when the peak of the mountain was out of view. I had no...

After the Manchester terror attack, our screens had an endless loop of images of panic, followed by heartrending images of parents frantically searching for their children. Some will never see them again.Even though some of the children killed are a similar age to ours, our children have no idea the attack happened. We are careful never to leave...

The month of June is when all the hard work you put in earlier in the year starts to pay dividends. Shrubs and perennial beds are full of lush new growth - their colour looking more vibrant in the bright sunshine.As the weather gets warmer and drier, grass growth will slow down, but the lawn still needs to be cut. If you cut it every week (twice...

Jemma HalpinPresentation Brothers Youth Ministry (PBYM) is situated in what was previously the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre at Mardyke House, Cork. The centre is now used solely for youth ministry, in line with the Presentation Brothers’ mission of forming Christ in the young.PBYM is not a parish-based ministry. And since the brothers no...

Sr Mary Threadgold RSC As a child, the love of my life was my grandfather. From infancy, along with my father and brother, I had lived with extended family which included grandparents, uncles and an aunt. My mother had died shortly after I was born. Granda and I were besotted with one another; this was my first experience of unconditional...

The summer holidays are nearly here which means days spent at the beach scavenging for buried treasure and sea creatures such as octopus, whales, dolphins and seahorses. If only we were so lucky to find such majestic animals on Irish beaches.But you might just spot seals, dolphins and even basking shark in certain parts of Ireland.Don’t be...

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