New Life on the Camino

Posted on 14. Jun, 2018 in Community, Death, Ecology, Pilgrimage, Young people

In this time of year went people are thinking about getting away from it all for one reason or another, we remember this moving story with Daniel Lynch, who took on a journey that transformed his life. At 22, he experienced the loss of his partner in a freak accident at a wedding in a hotel. […]

I Will Never Forget You

Posted on 17. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Young people

“I will Never Forget You” from Isaiah 49 is sung here by James Kilbane. This beautiful hymn is included his album “The Family Collection”. In it are the lyrics, “Does a mother forget her baby, or a woman, the child within her womb”. A sensitive and timely reminder of the bond that exists between mother […]

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 […]

Elastic Girl

Posted on 03. May, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Slavery, Young people

Elastic Girl, a book by Olivia Rana, tells the story of a young girl, Muthu Tikaram, whose family find themselves destitute and end up selling her to a Circus. Like many girls who are sold or trafficked, Mathu believes that life in the Circus will lead to great new adventures and hopes that maybe one day […]

Countering Child Trafficking

Posted on 05. Apr, 2018 in Christian Values, Human Trafficking, Slavery, Young people

Sarah Marr (PREM Group Human Resources Manager, Ireland and UK) and Ann Mara (Education Coordinator, MECPATHS) PREM Group, who manage over 40 hotels across Europe, recently won the  the Champion Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the HR Champion Awards hosted at The Guinness Storehouse, in partnership with William Fry. Their work with MECPATHS, an organisation […]

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 […]