Making families work?

Posted on 12. Jan, 2017 in Community, Family

In an Amarach poll commissioned by the Iona Institute, it showed that given the choice only 17% of mothers with children under the age of 17 would work full-time, 35% of mothers would prefer to stay-at-home full time and 48% would work part-time. The figures for men were similar for part-time work, 45%, but almost […]

Building Relationships

Posted on 08. Dec, 2016 in Christian Values, Community, Family, Marriage therapy, Relationships, Weddings and Marriage

Alan and Dianne Morris are a married couple who work together to help others strengthen their marriages. This year they gave a talk in St Joseph’s Parish, Glasthule on “Practical Tools for Christian Relationships.” Miriam met with Alan to find out more about what makes marriage survive and thrive. She began by asking him whether […]

Ireland Shed a Tear?

Posted on 03. Nov, 2016 in Community, Death, Discrimination, Family, Uncategorized

Ireland Shed a Tear is a play by Michael Collins looking at the fallout of the tragedy of Carrickmines. He said that initially the outpouring of grief and support suggested that there would be a real public examination of how travellers are treated in society. But he now observes that things quickly went back to […]

The Good Marriage Guide

Posted on 04. Aug, 2016 in Faith and Justice, Family, Relationships, Weddings and Marriage

Our final piece from 2007 looks at marriage. Every bookshop today has shelves devoted to self-help books on every topic under the sun, and the most popular titles deal with Relationships and Marriage.  John Farrelly is Director of Counselling with ACCORD and arising from his experience in counselling he has written a book – appropriately […]

Examining Amoris Laetitia

Posted on 14. Apr, 2016 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Church Teachings, Community, Family, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Sexuality

The recent publication of  “Amoris Laetitia”  – the reflections of Pope Francis on the recommendations of the 2014 and 2015 Synod of the family was welcomed by many. It was felt that it had a positive tone and a sense of inclusiveness. However We are Church claims that “the Synod recommendations did not reflect the voices […]

Finding Consolation in Tragedy

Posted on 07. Apr, 2016 in Christian Values, Family, Grief, Young people

The terrible tragedy that occurred in Buncranna where Louise Daniels lost her spouse, her children, her sister and her mother is hard for anyone to comprehend. For many it might cause questions wondering where is God in the midst of such darkness or even whether God exists at all when such terrible things can happen. […]

Asylum seekers in Ireland

Posted on 24. Mar, 2016 in Community, Easter, Family, Gospel Values, Poverty, Refugees, Seasons of the Church Year

40% of asylum seekers living in Direct Provision have been waiting 5 years or more for a final decision to be reached on their claim for protection. JRS Ireland is working to secure durable solutions for these asylum seekers and their families. Miriam Gormally spoke with David Moriarity, policy and advocacy officer with JRS, about how […]

A Candle for You

Posted on 17. Mar, 2016 in Community, Family, Gospel Values, Grief, Prayer

The song, “A candle for you”, sung by Patricia Bourke D’Souza and composed by Marie Dunne CHF has been rereleased for Easter to raise awareness for missing person. The proceeds of the itunes downloads will go to the Missing Persons Helpline, M.I.S.S. – Missing in Ireland Supportive Service. The website is www.missingpersons.ie. Marie says that […]

The Pope answers Children’s questions

Posted on 03. Mar, 2016 in Community, Faith Groups, Family, Media, Pope Francis, Schools

Clara O’Gormain, a 12-year-old young Irish girl features in Pope Francis’ latest book, Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters From Children Around the Word, which is published by Irish Messenger Publications and Loyola Press USA. (March 2016) Clara comes from Galway and joined 259 children from other countries including Russia, Syria, Australia and Nigeria. […]

The Sister’s Café

Posted on 18. Feb, 2016 in Community, Faith Groups, Family, Feminism/Women in the Church, Relationships, Vocation

Margaret Cartwright A new pop up café is to open its doors on 25 February in the Dominican Adult Education Centre in Blackrock. The “Sister’s Cafe”  it is being run in conjunction with vocations Ireland and is aimed at developing awareness among young women of the role that Irish Sisters play in society. Director of […]