Family and Lifestyle

Annmarie O’ConnorMindless entertainment is a guilty pleasure – but when it creates a mental muffin top, then it’s time to cut back on the cognitive calories. A low-tech fast may appear gimmicky until you take a look at your browser history. Do I hear a whistle blowing? That’s the irony about gadgets: they know all of our...

Often, at this time of year, even though we may have just spent our days counting our blessings with family and friends we can find ourselves feeling down with the ‘January blues’. Sometimes it can be referred to as SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder. Luckily there are lots of steps you can take to get the ‘spring in your...

What’s the most important thing in life? Happiness,right? Wrong. The most important thing in your life is meaning. Once you find meaning, happiness will follow. Emily Esfahani Smith has just written a book called The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters (Crown, January 2017) explaining the importance of meaning and how to find...

“The whole concept of charity, and Catholic social teaching, is about love,” says Trócaire’s Executive Director Eamonn Meehan, “That’s what drives us.”Originally from Clare, Eamonn went to school in Ennis before training as a primary school teacher in Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College, after which he...

Fr Bryan Shortall Talk about ‘out of the mouths of babes’. I was over with some parishioners who had been recently bereaved and we were to plan the funeral liturgy. Naturally there was sadness in the household as they were coming to terms with their big loss.The house was full with relations and neighbours calling in to sympathise...

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,...

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