Bealtaine Festival

Posted on 27. Apr, 2017 in Art, Community

Bealtaine a national Irish festival, run by Age and Opportunity, celebrating arts and creativity as we age. The festival aims to inspire older people to be creative and to engage meaningfully with their wider community. This year’s Festival has over 3,000 events taking place around the country, from dance to poetry receitals. Some of them are organised […]

Women in the Sistine chapel

Posted on 20. Apr, 2017 in Art, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Vatican

  Continuing on our series looking at women in Church art, we draw our attention today to the Sistine Chapel, in particular the ceiling, painted by Michelangelo. The ceiling has 300 figures and took over four years to execute. One of the things artist Eve Parnell, notes about the ceiling is the large number of […]

Women in Church Art

Posted on 30. Mar, 2017 in Art, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Religious patronage, Saints

In the cross vault of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City there are four niches, each one containing a very impressive statue. One in particular which stands out – Saint Veronica by Francesco Mochi. His active and passionate depiction of her is at odds with the decorum of the Basilica – the statue shows […]

Remembering Martin McGuinness

Posted on 23. Mar, 2017 in Achievement, Art, Community, Conflict

Martin McGuinness was a complex and remarkable man who went from being a former IRA leader to deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Eve Parnell, the artist, remembers him as the man who opened her “Souls of the Slain” exhibition in The Long Gallery in Stormont. It was a collection of eight drawings inspired by Irish […]

Beyond Caravaggio

Posted on 23. Feb, 2017 in Art

Caravaggio is widely acknowledged as bringing a revolution to painting during the Baroque period with his dramatic use of light and uncompromising realism. The National Gallery of Ireland is currently running an exhibition that is bringing together over 40 major works which will show the ways in which a large number of artists adopted Caravaggio’s […]

Dance, Music and Faith

Posted on 05. Jan, 2017 in Art, Caring for Children, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Music Therapy, Young people

Natalya Pakshyna is a Russian dancer who has been bringing her dancing passion to Ireland. Based in a studio in the Malahide Industrial Estate, she has a particular interest in working with students who have special emotional or physical needs. She believes dance and music to be a way to heal the person and allow them to […]

Finding Banni

Posted on 24. Nov, 2016 in Caring for Children, Christian Values, Community, Different abilities, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Young people

It’s been 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster – the fallout of which saw many children being abandoned in orphanages all over Belarus. One of those children brought up particular memories for RTE TV presenter Colm Flynn. His family adopted one of the abandoned children, a little boy with special needs. The Flynn family […]

Art and Soul

Posted on 29. Sep, 2016 in Art, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values

Surrender – one of Doris Klein’s works Doris Klein is a member of the Congregation of Sisters of Agnes. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ministers as a spiritual director, artist and graphic designer. She says she never considered herself to be an artist until one day she found that her drawings and watercolours were inspiring other. People saw […]

Anam Cara

Posted on 09. Jun, 2016 in Caring for Children, Community, Death

Losing a child is one of the most heart breaking things for a parent to experience. Anam Cara was set up by Sharon Vard when she lost her own daughter Rachel and found that there was no support group for bereaved parents. They offer peer support by way of a bereavement group. They meet informally […]

The Church and Art

Posted on 19. May, 2016 in Art, Church Teachings, Nature

At the recent Soul Waves Radio AGM Brendan Staunton SJ gave a talk on the Church and Art talking about how the Church has used Art to communicate its message. He also looked at how art had to adapt itself with the advent of photography. He says the Church could learn from modern and contemporary art […]