Kay Holmes – Irish Suffragette

Posted on 14. Jun, 2018 in Achievement, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church

One hundred years on since women got the vote in Ireland, we remember Kathleen, more commonly known as Kay Emerson, one of Ireland’s leading Suffragettes. Born Kay Holmes, she started out early on her quest for liberty. Her grandnephew Colm Holmes from We are Church, married to feminist and spiritual director Soline Humbert, talks about how Kay […]

My Anam Cara

Posted on 07. Jun, 2018 in Achievement, Faith and Justice, Relationships

  It’s been ten years since the death of John O’Donohue, former priest, poet, philosopher and best selling author who died suddenly in France in 2008.  Best known for his book Anam Cara, of which his readers said “…he put words on things they have felt”. In this piece from Jan 2008, his friend of over […]

Supporting Children Part 1

Posted on 03. May, 2018 in Achievement, Family, Grief, Young people

Sr Helen Culhane, founder of a local support service which has helped more than a 1,000 children affected by loss through death, separation or divorce, has been named Limerick Person of the Year 2017. She founded the Children’s Grief Centre in 2009 which sees around 30 children a week, aged four to 18 years. 70 […]

Women in the Church

Posted on 12. Apr, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church

Soline Humbert is one of the many Christian women who have had a sense of calling or vocation to ordination within the Church. Her vocation was not realised and she continues to fight for change regarding the theology of women’s involvement within the Church. Calling herself and other women on her stuggle as “perhaps daughters […]

McAleese quotes Jesuit

Posted on 15. Mar, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church

In her widely covered and critical speech regarding the treatment of women  in the Catholic church, former Irish President Mary McAleese quoted Irish Jesuit theologian Gerry O’Hanlon. Having been banned from an International Women’s Day conference at the Vatican because of her support for gay rights, the conference organised by Voices of Faith was instead […]

The Vegan Saint

Posted on 22. Feb, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Ecological, Ecology, Saints, Spirituality

  A Miracle of Saint Francis of Paola is the name of the above painting hanging in the National Gallery and is attributed to Pietro Novelli, a Sicillan painter. It depicts Saint Francis of Paola, a vegan and animal lover, from the region of Calabria in southwest Italy. The story depicted is of St Francis […]

World’s Largest Knitted Blanket

Posted on 25. Jan, 2018 in Achievement, Community, Prison

Valery Larkin is on on a mission to make the world’s biggest blanket and set a new world record for the Guinness Book of Records. The finished blanket will go to help the Red Cross. Valery has been getting blankets from all over the world, from Japan to Wales – each blanket with its own […]

Surviving the Atlantic

Posted on 23. Nov, 2017 in Achievement, Community, Young people

Brian Conville right and Jason Gagnon left Brian Conville went from self-professed couch potato to transatlantic rower. Transatlantic rowing is an extreme endurance challenge where a team has to row 24-7 for days on end. It follows a gruelling pattern of rowing for two hours and then trying to eat and rest as much as […]

Jonathan Swift

Posted on 23. Nov, 2017 in Achievement, Church of Ireland, Community, Vocation

The Jonathan Swift festival takes place this year, Nov 23rd to 26th and marks the 350th anniversary of Swift’s birthday. Born in Nov 30th 1667, he was appointed Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1713, making him the 50th Dean of St Patrick’s. His appointment came after failed attempts to secure employment in England, due […]

Celebrating St. Francis

Posted on 12. Oct, 2017 in Achievement, Christian Values, Ecology

The feast day of St Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment, is celebrated in October. In this interview with artist Eve Parnell, we look back on some of the ways that artists have celebrated and depicted St. Francis over the years. We also look at the connection between him and the current Pope […]