Family and Lifestyle

Every 15 minutes someone in Ireland hears the words ‘You have cancer’. It is a disease that has touched every family in every community in Ireland. The rates of cancer diagnosis are rising but so too are survival rates. This year an estimated 40,000 people across the country will be diagnosed with cancer. At the same time there...

In spite of his surname, Columban Fr Tomás King, has lived a life far removed from social prestige and wealth, spending the past 25 years away from his Irish home, in a country which suffers from internal political disputes, severe poverty and ongoing violence.His journey from working with the Traveller community in Galway to helping families deal...

Welcoming a new baby into the world is a wonderful and exciting time. However, the challenges of impending parenthood can turn the lives couples lead upside down, especially first-time parents who don’t really know what to expect. The good news is that you have nine months to read, research, make decisions, prepare and stock up your house so...

As children, we may have heard the word mindful, in the context of, for example, “be mindful that I need you back early to help” or “be mindful of that stray dog” – and so we come to associate it with ‘remembering’ and, to a degree, with ‘alert caution’. And indeed, there is a portion of both...

“We are each a miracle. We are the miracles that God made. We are precious.” These words first spoken by Ben Okri encapsulate the ethos of an almost 50-year-old Christian movement which celebrates the profound gifts of people with learning difficulties. Faith and Light is an international Christian community movement bringing...

Every day children in schools all around the world eat their lunch in toilet cubicles; others spend entire mornings in class silently agonising about who might hang out with them at lunchtime; millions immediately panic when they hear the familiar ping from their mobile and they realise that yet another so-called friend has posted spiteful venom...

“We view our core members as friends, not clients,” says Maria Lezama, a volunteers’ coordinator for L’Arche Cork. L’Arche (French for ‘The Ark’) began in 1964 when Jean Vanier invited two men, who were confined within a local institution because of their intellectual disabilities, to come live with...

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