Easter Saturday

Posted on 29. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Easter, Festivals

Luke Macnamara OSB, monk of Glenstal Abbey and lecturer in Sacred Scripture in St Patrick’s College also looks at the vigil of Easter Saturday night when they celebrate the culmination of the Holy Triduum. He explains that it is one of the most popular nights as they have a big fire and use the theme […]

A Feminist St Patrick?

Posted on 15. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, St Patrick

St Patrick, Ireland’s national patron saint had plenty to offer to women. So says Soline Humbert a prominent member of “We are Church” with a particular interest in justice for women and exploring how they have been excluded from the Church. Like Saint Patrick she was a stranger in this land and like him she […]

Understanding Irish Wisdom

Posted on 05. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Ecology, Festivals

Fiann O’Nuallain is the author of several books about natural herbal advice for common ailments as well as sound practical advice on mindfulness for spiritual, emotional and cognitive well being. He is also interested in how our history and religion can shape us and takes a look back into the religious and cultural history in […]

Summit 17

Posted on 06. Jul, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Faith Groups, Family, Festivals

Summit `17 takes place in the Croke Park Conference Centre, July 13th to 15th in Dublin. Christopher Gault from the Summit team said it was an opportunity for Christians to meet together to renew their faith and revitalise their sense of purpose. The idea for the conference came from an Irish priest, Fr James Divine, […]

The Seven Rejoices of Mary

Posted on 18. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Festivals, Music, Saints

May is the month of Mary. In celebration of this joyous month, here is Noirin ni Riain singing the Seacht Suailci Na Maighdine Muire, the Seven Rejoices of Mary from her album Vox de Nube with the Monks of Glenstal.  

Lá Féile Bhríde

Posted on 02. Feb, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church, Saints, St. Brigid, Young people

Lá Féile Bhríde is a celebration of one of the most well-known and loved female Irish saints. She was a woman of the land, a spiritual leader, a peacemaker and a woman of legendary hospitality. Solas Bhride, the light of St. Brigid, is a Christian Spiritual centre and hermitage that opened two years ago in […]

Epiphany – the Revelation of Christ

Posted on 05. Jan, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Festivals, Seasons of the Church Year

When we think of the feast of the Epiphany, we usually think of the three wise men coming from the East. People often joke that they arrived late with totally impractical gifts for a new mother who was forced to give birth to her son in a manger. Abbot Brendan Coffey of Glenstal Abbey talked […]

Celebrating St. Patrick

Posted on 10. Mar, 2016 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Festivals, Gospel Values, Saints, St Patrick

St. Patrick is celebrated all around the world, with more and more cities organising parades. However, according to Dr. Brian Lacey, writer and historian, we don’t know very much about who St. Patrick really was. We do know that Christianity was very important to him, but, says Brian, the idea that he converted Ireland to […]

St. Brigid’s Day

Posted on 31. Jan, 2016 in Festivals, Saints, St. Brigid

A piece from the Archive to remember St. Brigid: February 1st marks the first day of Spring – the garden starts to show the first signs of growth and even some Spring blooms.  It is also the Feast of St. Brigid, one of our great Irish Saints.  But has she been consigned to folklore – […]

The Church in the Ploughing Fields

Posted on 24. Sep, 2015 in Church Teachings, Environment, Festivals

Bishop Denis Nulty, who comes from a farming background, has been at the 2015 ploughing championship. He has a great love of the land and where Pope Francis talks of the need to get out into the battlefields he talks about needing to get out into the ploughing fields. The theme for the year is […]