The Transcendence of Music

Posted on 04. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Music Therapy, Spirituality

In this first of a new two part 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 as a contemplative journey. He explains to Pat Coyle about how music can link the material world with a deeper spiritual […]

Hearing our Body’s Call

Posted on 20. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music Therapy, Prayer, Spiritual, Vocation

In this second part of our series with Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, she explores how we actually “bully” our bodies.  She points out that we regularly berate our bodies for not being what we think they should be, in a way that we […]

Song for Mary Magdalen

Posted on 08. Mar, 2018 in Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Music Therapy

To celebrate International Woman’s Day, we have a song for Mary Magdalen sung by Noirin Ni Riain and the Monks of Glenstal Abbey. Mary Magdalen represents the Church of Christ, both male and female. But history has often omitted or degraded her, which has been considered symbolic of the general treatment of women. This song […]

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 […]

The Darkest Midnight

Posted on 22. Dec, 2016 in Christmas, Music Therapy, Poetry, Prayer

As carols singers across the country sing out for Christmas, it’s nice to remember some of the traditional Irish songs. Hers is “The Darkest Midnight’ sung by Noirin ni Riain’s celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Choir at St. Ann’s

Posted on 25. Dec, 2014 in Christmas, Homelessness, Music Therapy

One of the Choirs that joined the Black Santa annual collection in Dawson’s street, Dublin was the Dublin Male Voice Choir. Miriam met Áine Mulvey, musical director and Frank Guifoyle, chairperson of the Choir to find out more about their choir on the day that they were singing outside St. Ann’s. Website is

Call On Me Again

Posted on 25. Sep, 2014 in Art, Community, Music Therapy, Rehabilitation, Spiritual, Spirituality, Young people

Here is the latest piece of music from Eamon Keane, musician, therapist and radio presenter. It is called “Call on Me Again” and was written while Eamon was working in South Africa. The song derives its inspiration from his work as therapist listening to the stories of many students who feel forgotten. He will be […]

Helping Children Living with Autism

Posted on 21. Mar, 2014 in Christian Values, Eating Disorder, Education, Health, Mental Health, Music Therapy, Young people

Dr Goodwin McDonnell is a practicing GP who along with a great many of the medical profession have committed themselves to help children and families who are living with autism and related life challenging illnesses. Dr. Goodwin is not just a GP but also a homeopath, and approaches his medical practice with an integrative approach […]

Kerrie O’Connor on Music Therapy

Posted on 31. Oct, 2013 in Music Therapy

Conor Deane talks with Kerrie O’Connor who is a Music Therapist and her motivation behind her chosen vocation. Music therapy is an evidenced based profession which uses music in a planned way to help children and adults to improve, restore and maintain health. Individual needs are addressed through music and the relationship that develops between […]