Music for Mary

Posted on 10. Dec, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Liturgy, Music, Saints

Mary is much celebrated at this time of year – December the 8th, when we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary and Nov 21st, when we celebrate   “The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Marie Dunne, a Holy Faith Sister talks about how she wrote her song Mary Temple of the Lord for the […]

Benedictines in Ireland

Posted on 13. Aug, 2020 in Faith and Justice, Saints, Vocation

For the month of August, Soul Waves Radio will be reliving some interviews from the past. First published in Sept 2005, this piece looks a Glenstal Abbey,  a Benedictine monastery in County Limerick. Colman O Clabaigh OSB is a monk of Glenstal Abbey, where he is the monastery librarian. In this interview he talks about the […]

St Antony: Patron of Lost Things

Posted on 25. Jun, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Saints

For anyone who has ever lost anything, they will be familiar with praying to St. Antony, whose feast falls in June. What is lesser known is that he was also famous for his eloquence and powers of reconciliation. Born Fernando Martins in Lisbon, Portugal, his family were very wealthy.  By the age of fifteen asked to […]

St. Brigid

Posted on 30. Jan, 2020 in Saints

Alongside St. Patrick, St. Brigid is one of our great Irish Saints – her feastday on February 1st. Born in 450 or 451 near Faughart, Co. Louth she is remembered for her spirituality, her charity and her compassion. In 470 she established a monastery in Kildare  -and was the inspiritation for Bishop Daniel Delaney when […]

Shining a light on Animals

Posted on 14. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Saints

Following successful solo exhibitions across Europe, Eve Parnell returns to Germany, with “Sunbeam” a collection offering a series of beautiful, poignant drawings, focusing on animals. Using the great tradition of Fine Art, she gently addresses issues which are having a detrimental impact on our society today. Many of the pictures have an uncanny sense to […]

The Mystery of the Soul

Posted on 31. Oct, 2019 in Church Teachings, Community, Death, Saints

In this piece Dermot Roantree, editor with Jesuit communications, talks about the biggest mystery of all – the mystery of death. He explores the days of All Saint and All Souls and says that for some mysteries like death, it may be better that we don’t expect answers, but only ask questions. Drawing on lyrics […]

St Newman’s Conversion

Posted on 24. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Saints

The founding rector/president of Ireland’s only Catholic university, precursor of University College Dublin (UCD), John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis, Sunday October 13th at a ceremony in Rome’s St Peter’s Square. Born in London in 1801 Newman converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism and in 1851 was invited to Dublin to set up Catholic University […]

Saint John Henry Newman

Posted on 17. Oct, 2019 in Community, Saints

The founding rector/president of Ireland’s only Catholic university, precursor of University College Dublin (UCD), John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis, Sunday October 13th at a ceremony in Rome’s St Peter’s Square. Born in London in 1801 Newman converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism and in 1851 was invited to Dublin to set up Catholic University […]

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 […]

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 […]