Bealtaine

Posted on 12. Apr, 2018 in Art, Community

Bealtaine, the Irish for May, is a time for celebration. And every year it is marked by the Bealtaine festival – a national celebration of creativity in older age. The ancient festival of Bealtiane or Beltane – held on May 1 – marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice and […]

By Time is everything Revealed

Posted on 21. Sep, 2017 in Art, Cancer, Community, Ecology, Health, Medicine, Meditation, Mental Health

“By Time is everything Revealed” is the new book by author, gardener and broadcaster Fiann Ó Nualláin. In this book of mindfulness and spiritual awareness, Fiann brings old Irish proverbs to life for the current generation. Proverbs stand the test of time because, as they contain timeless wisdom that can help us lead happier, calmer and […]

Ready for School!

Posted on 17. Aug, 2017 in Book Reviews, Caring for Children, Church Teachings, Schools

This is a piece from 2006, looking at getting ready for school. Many new parents are facing this issue again this year, with new junior infants off to school for the first time. Whether it’s the first in the house to head off to school or someone further down the line, it’s still a day […]

Bealtaine Festival

Posted on 27. Apr, 2017 in Art, Community

Bealtaine a national Irish festival, run by Age and Opportunity, celebrating arts and creativity as we age. The festival aims to inspire older people to be creative and to engage meaningfully with their wider community. This year’s Festival has over 3,000 events taking place around the country, from dance to poetry receitals. Some of them are organised […]

Women in the Sistine chapel

Posted on 20. Apr, 2017 in Art, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Vatican

  Continuing on our series looking at women in Church art, we draw our attention today to the Sistine Chapel, in particular the ceiling, painted by Michelangelo. The ceiling has 300 figures and took over four years to execute. One of the things artist Eve Parnell, notes about the ceiling is the large number of […]

Women in Church Art

Posted on 30. Mar, 2017 in Art, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Religious patronage, Saints

In the cross vault of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City there are four niches, each one containing a very impressive statue. One in particular which stands out – Saint Veronica by Francesco Mochi. His active and passionate depiction of her is at odds with the decorum of the Basilica – the statue shows […]

Remembering Martin McGuinness

Posted on 23. Mar, 2017 in Achievement, Art, Community, Conflict

Martin McGuinness was a complex and remarkable man who went from being a former IRA leader to deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Eve Parnell, the artist, remembers him as the man who opened her “Souls of the Slain” exhibition in The Long Gallery in Stormont. It was a collection of eight drawings inspired by Irish […]

Beyond Caravaggio

Posted on 23. Feb, 2017 in Art

Caravaggio is widely acknowledged as bringing a revolution to painting during the Baroque period with his dramatic use of light and uncompromising realism. The National Gallery of Ireland is currently running an exhibition that is bringing together over 40 major works which will show the ways in which a large number of artists adopted Caravaggio’s […]

Dance, Music and Faith

Posted on 05. Jan, 2017 in Art, Caring for Children, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Music Therapy, Young people

Natalya Pakshyna is a Russian dancer who has been bringing her dancing passion to Ireland. Based in a studio in the Malahide Industrial Estate, she has a particular interest in working with students who have special emotional or physical needs. She believes dance and music to be a way to heal the person and allow them to […]

Finding Banni

Posted on 24. Nov, 2016 in Caring for Children, Christian Values, Community, Different abilities, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Young people

It’s been 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster – the fallout of which saw many children being abandoned in orphanages all over Belarus. One of those children brought up particular memories for RTE TV presenter Colm Flynn. His family adopted one of the abandoned children, a little boy with special needs. The Flynn family […]