Family and Lifestyle

My 17-year-old daughter got her first part time job recently and will be 18 years old soon. In many ways I’m still back a decade ago remembering a daughter who followed me everywhere, thought her mother was the best thing since sliced bread and loved jumping into my bed for a chat and cuddle. Before the birth of my third daughter, I...

Sixty years ago, the Irish Bishops’ Conference sent nine Columbans to England to minister to the thousands of Irish emigrants there, mainly to those working in the construction and catering industries. This was how the Irish Chaplaincy in London began and it is particularly poignant for the new chief executive, Eddie Gilmore, because his...

A succession of buses, ferries, trains and planes had led us to the promised land of Cork. At last, we had arrived home from England for the Easter holidays. A blast of unmistakably brisk Atlantic air greeted us as we stepped off the airplane. The breeze that comes in off the English channel at our Isle of Wight home is gentle and, frankly quite...

For many of us, getting enough sleep can be a luxury or, perhaps like me, you’re a parent of a young child and a full eight hours sleep is a distant memory, or there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. For many sleep is a precious part of our day that we never have enough of. Sleep plays a crucial role in our energy levels...

Dr Louise Jane ClarkeAs a psychologist, I encourage all parents to be mindful of their health to prevent stress and burnout. Although being a new parent is a wonderful experience for many, it can leave some parents vulnerable to exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed. However, finding time to take care of yourself is crucial to...

The Easter holidays have only just finished and already we can look forward to another long weekend. This bank holiday weekend, you'll be getting ready to celebrate the month of Our Lady.Every year, on the first of May, people around Ireland gather blossoms and other May flowers to place at the altar of Our Lady.Perhaps you and your family...

I know it happens but I was still shocked when a friend told me that after 30 years of being together she and her husband had separated. “It had got to the stage where he disliked me as much as I disliked him,” she explained. That's what shocked me so much I think. There was no great drama. There was nobody else involved. There was...

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