January Blues

Posted on 11. Jan, 2018 in Depression, Mental Health, Suicide, Young people

In this piece from 2007, Miriam looked at how people can deal with the January Blue. They looked at how after all the Christmas festivities finish, there is often a feeling of anticlimax in January. Nowhere is this more obvious than in a university.  Miriam Gormally met Tony Coote, chaplain for UCD and one of […]

Holding the Suffering

Posted on 04. Jan, 2018 in Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Young people

Bedford Row family project was established in 1999 – after a survery by the Franciscian Friars and the Mercy Sisters showed that the greatest unmet needs in Limerick were of families impacted by prison. Larry de Cleir is the current director and here he talks with Marie Stuart about how it all began with a […]

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 […]

Inspired by Mary

Posted on 16. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Young people

Comedian Breda Larkin created a one-woman show, inspired by the moving statues in Ballinspittle. Called “Breda’s Way” the show started in Ballinspittle and then became an epic journey around Ireland, visiting town and grottos along the way. Bringing a statue of Mary with her for company and inspiration, she interacted with people from all walks […]

Rebuilding Ireland – doomed to fail

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Young people

In this two part housing special we take an in-depth look at some of the things that are moving Ireland in the direction of less home ownership and towards more precarious rental situations. In this first part, Margaret Burns, from the Jesuit Centre of Faith and Justice looks at how housing trends have changed dramatically […]

Ireland’s Emissions – off the charts!

Posted on 05. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Young people

Last week Ireland’s citizen’s assembly met to look at how Ireland can become a leader in tackling climate change. However Niamh Garvey, Trócaire’s Head of Policy and Advocacy said that Ireland’s emission are “off the charts” and are contributing to hunger and a loss of water in some of the poorest countries in the world. In […]

Unsung Hero

Posted on 17. Aug, 2017 in Drugs, Faith and Justice, Homelessness, Young people

This is a piece from 2005 when Peter McVerry SJ won an award for his work in the “People of the Year Awards” Peter McVerry SJ has been working with Dublin’s young homeless for over 40 years now. At the time, the Peter McVerry Trust provided two homeless hostels for the under 18 age group, […]

Rally for Life

Posted on 29. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Humane Vitae, Young people

This Saturday, the Pro Life campaign is holding a Rally for Life. Some of the speakers include Karen Gaffney, a public advocate and woman with Down Syndrome. She has recently spoken to TDs at the Dáil to tell them that her life is “worth saying ‘yes’ to,” and to urge them to protect the right […]

The Samuel Programme

Posted on 15. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Gospel Values, Vocation, Young people

Anne-Marie Whelan is the Evangelisation and Vocations Officer with the Sisters of Bon Secours. Based in Cork, Anne-Marie has been in this new role since last November. Anne-Marie’s role is to spread the “work and mission of the Sisters of Bon Secours through faith-based programmes for young adults”. She also works closely with the congregation’s […]

What does it all mean?

Posted on 15. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Death, Family, Grief, Young people

What does it all mean? is title of the latest book from Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard. Like most of his previous books, it came about on foot of a question posed to him by someone trying to grapple with their faith in the face of profound suffering. This time it was a question asked by a […]