Family and Lifestyle

Some people find February a slow month in the garden, but it shouldn’t be. Spring will arrive before you know and everything will need doing at once. So make the most of February as it is your last chance to finish winter-work and get a head start on Spring.Clear your beds and borders of weeds now and you will find it easy to keep them close...

Tom and Madeline McCullyWe’ve been married for 46 years, and 39 years ago our lives were transformed when we made a Marriage Encounter Weekend.We were seven years married and like many a happily married couple found ourselves in a bit of a rut. While still very much in love we knew that our marriage could do with an overhaul. We prayed about...

Bríd O’Meara Resilience is a key factor in life, and something which we can all work to develop and enhance, according to Bríd O’Meara, Director of Services with Aware. “Resilience can be considered an ongoing process in life, rather than something you have or don’t have. It is about being able to balance upset and...

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...

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