Our Lady’s Island

Posted on 08. Aug, 2019 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Festivals, Pilgrimage

In this piece from the archive, first published in 2006, we hear about Our Lady’s Island in Wexford, which has its pilgrimage season from Aug 15th, the feast of the Assumption to September 8th the birthday of Our Lady.  Miriam Gormally met Colin Murphy ADM to find out what is so special about Our Lady’s […]

Steve Bannon challenges Pope

Posted on 01. Aug, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values, Liturgy

Steve Bannon, the architect behind Trump’s rise to power, is set to take aim at the Pope. Unhappy with the Pope on several positions, in particular anything that looks supportive of immigrants or any kind of socialism, he wants to train people to fight Pope Francis’ ideology. This new training ground will actually be in […]

Parish Priest to the Travelling Community

Posted on 01. Aug, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Discrimination, Family

Despite generations of poverty and prejudice from both the government and ordinary Irish citizens, the faith of the itinerant Irish Traveller community today is strong, say local parish priest, Fr. Paul O’Driscoll. There are about 40,000 Travellers in Ireland, about 0.7 percent of the population. Fr Paul O’Driscoll is their parish priest and says the […]

The Immigrant’s Dilemma

Posted on 01. Aug, 2019 in Charity, Church Teachings, Community, Discrimination, Faith and Justice, Poverty

Every year in August, we share some of our archive pieces. This year our pieces come from 2007. Here is a piece that is still pertinent for today – being an immigrant. How many of us ever stop to think about what it really must be like to land in a strange country, knowing no-one […]

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 […]

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 […]

Finding God in the Mess

Posted on 25. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Health, Vocation

Trying to believe that there is something positive in everything, is one of the central messages of Brendan McManus’ book, “Finding God in the Mess”. Co-authored with Jim Deeds, he looks at how difficult situations can leave us struggling and feeling abandoned, but that taking time out to look back and understand life’s events can […]

Exploring The Call

Posted on 17. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

Rev Ása Bjork Olafsdottir talks to Conor Deane about the origins of her calling in her rectory in Dún Laoghaire, where she lives now with her family. Ása is from Iceland and has been in Ireland for many years. She loves her work and her parishioners but in particular she describes how she felt she had […]

Transcendence of Music Part 2

Posted on 11. Jul, 2019 in Community, Meditation, Music

In this second part of this series, Kevin Jackson, Professor of Business Ethics and Law at Fordham University in New York City, as well as composer and jazz pianist, talks about music his own journey from agnostic to Catholic. He spoke of how music during spiritual services brought him to an appreciation of something deeper […]

Designed for Happiness

Posted on 11. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Spirituality

Professor Stuart Walker, who holds the Chair of Design for Sustainability at Lancaster University in the UK, speaks to Pat Coyle about how materially saturated we are in this world and how design needs to become sustainable and better at promoting human happiness rather than accumulating more material goods. Professor Walker, who is also co-founder […]