Responding to the Environment

Posted on 07. Nov, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Ecology

The meeting for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region brought for several important proposals. Most of the attention went to the issue of married clergy and female deacons, but they also took a very hard look at the environment and our planet’s future. In this second part of our series with Colm Holmes, […]

Celebrating St. Francis

Posted on 24. Oct, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Ecology

The feast day of St Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment, is celebrated in October. In this interview with artist Eve Parnell, we look back on some of the ways that artists have celebrated and depicted St. Francis over the years. We also look at the connection between him and the current Pope […]

Marching for the Future

Posted on 19. Sep, 2019 in Achievement, Caring for Children, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Humanitarian Aid

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation – we hear it all the time. It has almost become a refrain. But, asks Dr Lorna Gold author and specialist in International Development, do we really believe it? And are we willing to act on it. This week, from Sept 20-27th, there will be a […]

John Bruton on Brexit

Posted on 19. Sep, 2019 in Achievement, Community, Environment

In his second interview with Conor Deane, Former Taoiseach John Bruton, a vocal supporter of the EU project, and one of the greatest supporters for The Peace Process here in Ireland shares his disappointment at the myopia and the lack of charity from our friends and neighbours in the UK. He also discusses how the […]

Unveiling St Oliver Plunkett

Posted on 25. Jul, 2019 in Achievement, Art, Christian Values, Community, Saints

Dony MacManus, well-known Irish sculptor was commissioned to create a dramatic bronze statue of St Oliver Plunkett in the final moments of his earthly life. It was unveiled on July 9th, the 350th anniversary of St Oliver’s appointment as Archbishop of Armagh. In this interview with Conor Deane, Dony talks about the process of commissioning […]

Climbing Croagh Patrick

Posted on 11. Jul, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Retreats, Spiritual, Spirituality

Brendan McManus SJ, author of the best-selling book, Redemption Road is organising a three day pilgrimage from Ballintubber to the top of Croagh Patrick specifically for men as he says there aren’t enough opportunities for men to get in touch with their feelings. Brendan is a seasoned pilgrim who has walked the full 800km of […]

Collaborative Film

Posted on 16. May, 2019 in Achievement, Community, Family, Film Reviews

Joe Sebastian an award winning Film Maker and Carer who hails from Kerala in India. He was one of 16 people to be invited to meet President Michael Higgins in Arás an Uachtarain to be given his award for his film making. Since then he’s been offered 2 Phds in Film but has taken up the offer […]

Reflection on Church leadership

Posted on 11. Apr, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Vocation

Christian Leadership is different to other types of leadership, so say Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Ken Good. It is a leadership that is focused, not merely on personal power, but on bringing about, through prayer and reflection, God’s vision for this world. Due to retire at the end of May, Bishop Good shares the highs […]

Celebrating St. Patrick

Posted on 14. Mar, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Saints, Vocation

St Patrick’s Day is one that unites Irish and those interested in anything Irish. His life is surrounded by myths and legends and indeed former Archbishop of Armagh Alan Harper says it is astonishing that we have any information on him at all. Fortunately, thanks to mainly go St. Patrick’s own writings, it is possible […]

Finding Grace in Addiction

Posted on 14. Mar, 2019 in Achievement, Addiction, Christian Values, Community

Deacon John Taafe is a Permanent Married Deacon in the Archdiocese of Armagh. He works by counselling addicts for the HSE but also on a voluntary basis for the Archdiocese. Here John shares some of his own journey with Conor Deane explaining that he feels his route to counselling was down his own father’s alcohol […]