Family and Lifestyle

An ageing population has led to a significant increase in the number requiring nursing home care in Ireland in recent years. While the vast majority of adults aged over 65 continue to live at home, about 5% have care needs that require placement in long-term care rising to about 20% in those aged over 80 years. Indeed, the average age of...

I am a happy mammy. For three weekends in a row my whole brood is at home. It is unusual enough to get our older two girls home together but because of a few family events and now Easter we are having a great run of family time. I love the banter and craic, sitting longer round the dinner table, Diarmuid recounting the details of every point...

Hannah Evans“At all levels, a change of mind-set is needed.  It is the same mind-set that is needed to tackle both climate change and world poverty.”(Laudato Si’ 175)The words of Pope Francis were gratefully received in 2015 when he released his ground-breaking papal encyclical Laudato Si’.Since Trócaire began the...

Over 1,000 young people gathered in Knock Shrine last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Pope John Paul II Award. This was just a small portion of the over 20,000 teenagers who have completed the award since it was set up by Fr Paul Farren in 2006, in his role as director of the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre. Now underway in 22...

Whenever visiting London, I like to walk across Westminster Bridge on the way from Waterloo station. The vista of Westminster palace and the Thames stretching towards Tower Bridge is a sight to behold. I had been there just a few weeks before the recent terror attacks, with the children in tow, all excited about Big Ben and watching the boats...

According to The Good Retreat Guide, a retreat is a journey that can be religious or spiritual in nature, and is typically taken away from the confines of everyday living. Its purpose is to get closer to God and to rediscover one’s faith. Some adults will go on a retreat every few years and possibly every year. It might be the only time that...

Holy Week starts this weekend with Palm Sunday and there’s lots to learn and do to celebrate the week. You might have your own traditions each year on Holy Week such as attending your local Passion play before or after the Stations of the Cross, or staying up late on Saturday to attend the Easter Vigil Mass or maybe you plan an egg hunt on...

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