Prayer and Service with Alzheimers

Posted on 20. Sep, 2018 in Chronic illness, Community, Different abilities, Gospel Values

In this second part of our three part series, Des O’Grady SJ, talks about working with Alzheimers and in particular leading prayer, saying mass and doing his job. He currently works as a chaplain in Dundrum central mental hospital and says the disease gives him insight into those he serves in Dundrum who also have […]

Mystical prayer

Posted on 23. Aug, 2018 in Art, Christian Values, Ecology

Pat Coyle was down in the RDS today catching up with some of the exciting ventures that were taking place there. In this piece she catches up with well known artist Imogen Stuart and Brian Grogan SJ to talk about Imogen’s Bee Hive Cell – a sacred place for mystical prayer that she sculpted in […]

Working in Cambodia Part 1

Posted on 19. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Different abilities, Faith and Justice

Ashley Evans SJ has spent over 30 years working in Cambodia, teaching and trying to advocate for reform. He talks about how mission in Cambodia is evolving.  When he went out there, Cambodia was still devastated from the effects of the Khmer Rouge regime 1975-79 and the Vietnamese occupation (1979-89).  Now the economy is growing at […]

Called to be Dysfunctional!

Posted on 05. Jul, 2018 in Church Teachings, Community, Different abilities, Vocation

Beginnings: Interrogating Hauerwas is a conversation between Stanley Hauerwas and Brian Brook. Hauerwas has been described as one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the English speaking world, having being named, “America’s Best Theologian” by Time magazine in 2001. Brook is an author from Aberdeen who looks in particular at Christianity and disability. Brian Brock delves into Hauerwas’ […]

Exploring Books and Biographies

Posted on 07. Jun, 2018 in Art

Eve Parnell photographed beside Giorgio Vasari National gallery books showcasing books from the Library in the National Gallery. It highlights some of the most important contributions to the written world about artists. Technically advances rapidly transformed printing from a cottage industry to the cornerstone of western civilisation. And prosperity meant that there was a growing number of […]

By Time is everything Revealed

Posted on 31. May, 2018 in Art, Cancer, Community, Ecology, Health, Medicine, Meditation, Mental Health

As plants everywhere are blooming we remember this interview with author, gardener and broadcaster, Fiann Ó Nualláin. In his book,”By Time is everything Revealed” he looks at 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 […]

National Drawing Day

Posted on 17. May, 2018 in Art, Community

  May 19th, is Drawing Day and the National Gallery of Ireland will be encouraging artists of all ages and abilities to take up a pen or pencil and start drawing. The Gallery will host a celebration of drawing and creativity, with events and activities for all ages.  Artists, designers and illustrators will be responding to […]

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 […]

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 […]