Family and Lifestyle

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s not just an occasion for sending cards ‘sealed with a loving kiss’. It’s just another opportunity to get your finger out and make some seasonal crafts.Because heart prints and heart designs are so popular, you can make almost any Valentine craft at any time of the...

When I was a child, both my parents were in the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association. Thirty or 40 years ago, almost everyone in Ireland knew about the Pioneers and a fair few were members. I’d guess that if you mentioned the Association to a group of young people today, there’d be a few blank expressions. My 28-year-old son and...

I recently overheard a woman saying she withdew her child from the school choir, in a church school, on the basis that there were “too many churchey songs”. Yet there was no animosity in this slightly eccentric criticism, it was simply that her child preferred musicals. Here in England, faith is a personal matter – to...

Michelle McGagh“You’re not buying anything? At all? For a whole year?” This is the phrase that I’ve heard a million times, usually followed by: “I could never do that!”And it’s true, most people don’t want to give up spending and treating themselves for an entire year. Most people are sensible. But...

As you look forward to the year ahead, I am sure that like many others you have made resolutions and hope to keep to at least some of them. Parents have a the most responsible job in the world because your every action, gesture and word impacts on your children. When you stop to think about that, it is quite mind-blowing. There is no off duty...

January begins with new promises and resolutions for the year. One of the most popular new year’s resolutions is to eat more healthily, especially if you enjoyed lots of selection boxes and chocolate coins over the festive season. It can be hard to break out of a habit of eating sweets and chocolate but you can stay true to your new...

At various times over recent years I have worked with young people preparing for the oral Irish exam in their Leaving Certificate. Apart from the challenge of developing a level of fluency in Irish most of the students also face the challenge of developing and expressing their own opinions. Our education system does little to encourage...

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