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 […]

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 […]

Anam Cara

Posted on 09. Jun, 2016 in Caring for Children, Community, Death

Losing a child is one of the most heart breaking things for a parent to experience. Anam Cara was set up by Sharon Vard when she lost her own daughter Rachel and found that there was no support group for bereaved parents. They offer peer support by way of a bereavement group. They meet informally […]

Dr. Paul O’Callaghan Interview (Part 1)

Posted on 09. Jan, 2014 in Caring for Children, Conflict, Crime, Death, Education, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Vocation

In this mini series with Dr Paul O’Callaghan of Queens University Belfast, Conor Deane talks to Dr. O’Callaghan about his time in Uganda working with Child Soldiers. Strong Advisory! This is a harrowing story about children who have been through some of the worst atrocities. It does not make for easy listening. Dr O’Callaghan’s Background: […]

Marys Meals

Posted on 21. Nov, 2013 in Caring for Children, Charity, Christian Values

Aoife Martin is the newly appointed National Fundraising Co-ordinator for Ireland for Mary’s Meals.         www.marysmeals.org Here Aoife tells the story about how such a wonderful charity manages to feed well over 800,000 children every day in 16 developing countries such as Malawi. It is a charity borne out of love and […]

Special Needs Axed

Posted on 18. Feb, 2009 in Caring for Children, Different abilities, Education

Last Week the Minister for Education Batt O’Keefe announced his controversial decision to cut special teacher support for over 530 children with mild general learning disabilities.  The move has unleashed a storm of protest from outraged parents and teachers across the country.  On the day the cutbacks were announced Eileen Good spoke to Tina Kennedy, […]

Jack and Jill

Posted on 11. Jul, 2007 in Caring for Children, Community, Different abilities, Family

Everybody looks forward to having and family and hopes their child will be healthy and happy.  And for most this is the case, but for some, life is more difficult.  They may find themselves with a full time job looking after a baby with severe developmental problems.   Often the task may be overwhelming and these […]

Caring for Brain Injured Children

Posted on 27. Jun, 2007 in Caring for Children, Different abilities, Family, Mental Health

Summertime is usually a time of pleasure for parents when they get to spend more time with their children.  However for parents caring for children with a brain injury it can be a trying time.  These children normally accustomed to and requiring routine find themselves with long days and nothing to do.  A situation which […]

Inclusion Ireland

Posted on 04. Oct, 2006 in Caring for Children, Church Teachings, Different abilities, Faith and Justice, Health, Mental Health, Relationships

NAMHI, an organisation which helps people with intellectual disabilities has recently taken on the name Inclusion Ireland.  They are also running a series of seminars responding to the particular needs of people with intellectual disabilities.  Miriam Gormally met Deirdre O’Carroll, Director of the organisation to find out the needs of people with intellectual disabilities and […]