Surprised by Fire

Posted on 07. Dec, 2017 in Book Reviews, Charity, Christian Values, Gospel Values, Volunteering

Author of Suprised by Fire, Martina Lehane Sheenan spoke about where we get our happiness from. She pointed to studies that showed that most of our happiness comes, not from our external belongings, but from our own inner attitude. She spoke with Miriam Gormally about how happiness shouldn’t necessarily been seen as something outside of […]

Music for Mary

Posted on 07. Dec, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Liturgy, Music, Saints

Mary is much celebrated at this time of year – December the 8th, when we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary and Nov 21st, when we celebrate   “The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Marie Dunne, a Holy Faith Sister talks about how she wrote her song Mary Temple of the Lord for the […]

Mary Temple of the Lord

Posted on 07. Dec, 2017 in Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music, Saints, Vocation

Here we have Marie Dunne CHF’s song, Mary Temple of the Lord composed for the Presentation Brothers.

Bright Friday

Posted on 30. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Gospel Values

As Christmas approaches, people are encouraged to shop even more than ever. Days like Black Friday extend for a week, where massive pre Christmas sales entice more people to spend. To offer some reflection and an antidote to all the shopping madness, Columba Press along with The Irish Catholic organised “Bright Friday”. Bringing together poets, […]

James Kibane – The Family Collection

Posted on 30. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Family, Music, Vocation

James Kilbane along with Veritas Publication have released a collection of songs for families entitled The Family Collection. With a total of twenty specially chosen songs of faith and family, this collection combines favourites, including ‘There is a Place’, ‘The Wedding Song’ and ‘Faith of Our Fathers’, as well as Christian-based country like ‘Mama’s Roses’, […]

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 […]

Advent with Liam Lawton

Posted on 23. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Music

Liam Lawton is a well-known and well-loved Irish singer/song writer. Following his ordination in 1984, Fr. Liam served in Carlow Cathedral Parish and Knockbeg College before the late Bishop Ryan gave him the opportunity to pursue his music ministry full-time; a ministry that he continues to this day -bringing much joy and solace to people with […]

Climate Change Recommendations

Posted on 16. Nov, 2017 in Community, Ecology, Health, Immigrants, Natural Disaster

Trócaire strongly welcomed the recommendations from the Citizen’s Assembly to implement changes that would make Ireland a Climate Change Leader. Having worked for years at the coalface of disaster intervention, Eoghan Rice from Trócaire says that climate change has now meant that aid organisations are constantly responding to famine devastated area. In the past a […]

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 […]

The Hunger House

Posted on 09. Nov, 2017 in Book Reviews, Community, Death, Economy

Conor Mcguire – an artist and columnist for the Western People has written a book called the “Hunger House”.  Set in Ballina, Co. Mayo, just before the Great Famine in Ireland, the book looks at the lives of people in this less well known time in Ireland. Speaking with Pat Coyle, Conor argues that this […]