January Blues

Posted on 07. Jan, 2021 in Depression, Mental Health, Suicide, Young people

In this piece from 2007, Miriam looked at how people can deal with the January Blue. They looked at how after all the Christmas festivities finish, there is often a feeling of anticlimax in January. Nowhere is this more obvious than in a university.  Miriam Gormally met Fr Tony Coote, who was the then chaplain […]

The Addict

Posted on 06. Aug, 2020 in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Uncategorized

In 1965 Sr. Consilio founded Cuan Mhuire in Athy Co. Kildare to help those struggling with addictions.  She attributes the success of the centre, not to anything she did, but to the support received from Our Lady.  After her presentation at a recent conference on Addiction in the Jesuit Manresa Centre in Dublin, she told […]

Called to Do Justice

Posted on 16. Jul, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Vocation, Young people

JaNaé Bates works in Minneapolis USA as a minister in the United Methodist Church. She is a member of Isaiah, a grouping of religious organisations from Christian, Muslim, and other faith backgrounds working for racial and economic justice in the state of Minnesota. In this two part series with Pat Coyle, JaNaé talks about her […]

Thinking well in the Digital Age

Posted on 20. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Education, Vocation, Young people

Fr Johnny Go SJ, a Jesuit educationalist from the Philippines, was in Ireland recently to give a three-day workshop to the teachers and staff of Jesuit schools both from the Province and from abroad. The workshop involved exploring practical ways to respond to the changing landscape of the 21st century digital age, and the challenges […]

New Year Questions

Posted on 02. Jan, 2020 in Addiction, Alcohol

  January can be a difficult month, Christmas celebrations are well and truly over and the bills are coming in.  But what if your Christmas was a write off because of someone’s drinking or maybe you feel that you yourself consumed too much alcohol and are concerned about it.  In this piece from Jan 2009, […]

Remembering Fr Coote

Posted on 29. Aug, 2019 in Depression, Mental Health, Relationships, Suicide, Young people

Fr Tony Coote passed away on Wednesday, August 28th, following a battle with motor neurone disease. He was a much loved priest and in particular well remember for his time in UCD as a chaplain helping others. In this piece from 2007, we hear him talk about the work he did for parents who had […]

The Joy of Reading

Posted on 22. Aug, 2019 in Education, Schools, Young people

In this piece from March 2005, we look at the joy of reading. Reading is beneficial to people of all ages. Megan White, librarian and teacher, talks to Miriam Gormally about her love of reading, her favourite books and the recent event in her library for multiple sclerosis. She talks about what , in her […]

The Challenge of Pornography

Posted on 25. Jul, 2019 in Addiction, Christian Values, Community, Sexuality, Young people

The recent case of the murder of Ana Kriegel, shocked the country. One of the boys who was convicted of the crime was also found to have had thousands of images of pornography on his phone, some of which were violent. It raised questions around how much porn young people are seeing and whether it’s […]

New Youth Ministry

Posted on 16. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Young people, Youth

Terry Howard SJ speaks to Pat Coyle about setting up a young adult ministry in Belfast in collaboration with the Diocese of Down and Connor. He is currently full-time chaplain at Ulster University and has previously worked with Slí Eile Young Adult Ministry in Dublin. He talks about the importance of taking things slowly and […]

Hope Foundation

Posted on 16. Jul, 2019 in Relationships, Schools, Young people

Young people all over Ireland are enjoying their summer holidays, likely glad of the break. However there are many more children in the world who don’t get to go school and who would love access to education. In this piece from 2009, we hear from Maureen Forest who runs the Hope foundation, which helps street […]