Family and Lifestyle

Michelle BurkeAmid the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, over 800 young people gather to prepare themselves spiritually for Christ’s coming. The annual retreat,organised by Youth 2000 in Newbridge Co. Kildare, draws hundreds of young people between 16 to 35 from all over Ireland and even further afield. A warm, festive and...

Casey SchmauderRichard Moore’s uncle was one of those killed in Derry on Bloody Sunday, 1972, and four months later he experienced victimisation directly. Walking home from his school in Derry on May 4, 1972 past a British unit stationed to protect the RUC, a soldier fired a rubber bullet that struck Richard between the eyes,...

The 10th of 11 children from just outside Westport, Co. Mayo, Gena Heraty, who received the Oireachtas Human Dignity Award in Leinster House on December 8 last, was confident through her teenage years that one way or another God would find a role for her. Although she didn’t think she was called to become a nun, she had long been...

John Reid For most of us, Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. It is, of course, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and a time when the coldness of the temperature can be more than compensated by the warmth of family and gifts. But it isn’t all plain-sailing, and can be a time when long-buried family tensions rise to the...

We’re incredibly lucky if we ever get a White Christmas in Ireland. When it snows, we’re given a whole range of festive outdoor activities to enjoy such as skiing or sleighing.But even if there’s no snow this year, you will enjoy making this little sleigh to hang on your Christmas tree or to prop outside a doll’s house.For...

I was in a bit of a panic the other day when I realised how close it was to Christmas. While my children love counting how many sleeps until the big celebration, these festive countdowns make me break out in a cold sweat. Christmas expectations and the pressures to please everyone seem to banish any hope of Advent being a period of tranquil...

Chicken pox is a grim rite of passage for kids. In my family, we even have photos of my brothers and I proudly showing off our spotty backs. Indeed, one of my earliest memories is finding this strange crop of itchy spots all over. Last week, it was the turn of our children to undergo the grim rite of passage brought to humanity by the...

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