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 […]

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 […]

Buy a Hoodie to Build a School

Posted on 07. Feb, 2019 in Achievement, Community, Humanitarian Aid, Schools, Young people

Will Robbins is a Gonzaga student who has set up a business selling hoodies to raise money to build a secondary school in Zambia. Here he talks with Pat Coyle about how a chance encounter in Zambia, turned him into a social entrepreneur (with a little help from his friends). He discusses his experience building […]

Angels for Little People

Posted on 24. Aug, 2017 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Religious teaching

This piece from 2006 looks at guardian angels for little people.  ‘Oh Angel of God, my guardian dear To whom God’s love commits me here…..’ are some of the most familiar lines many of us learned at a very early age  –  probably the first time we became aware of Angels  –   how they care […]

Ready for School!

Posted on 17. Aug, 2017 in Book Reviews, Caring for Children, Church Teachings, Schools

This is a piece from 2006, looking at getting ready for school. Many new parents are facing this issue again this year, with new junior infants off to school for the first time. Whether it’s the first in the house to head off to school or someone further down the line, it’s still a day […]

A Tale of Two Belvederes

Posted on 20. Jul, 2017 in Church Teachings, Religious teaching, Schools

  A Tale of Two Belvederes is the story of two houses, both called ‘Belvedere House.’ Belvedere House in Mullingar, built by ‘the wicked earl’, Robert Rochfort, and Belvedere House in Great Denmark Street, Dublin (now part of Belvedere College), built by his son, George.  Belvedere House in Dublin was brought by the Jesuits in […]

Denomination Schools

Posted on 08. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Religious patronage, Schools

Denomination schools have an important and vital role in society and should be publically funded, so say David Quinn, columnist and director of the Iona Institute, a Catholic think tank for religion and society. However he also agrees with groups who are looking for divestment as he would like to see more schools available for […]

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 […]

Faith based education

Posted on 26. Jan, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Religious patronage, Schools

Bishop Kevin Doran has been the bishop of Elphin since May 2014. He was education secretary for vocational services during his career and faith based education is something that is very important to him. Here he talks with Conor Deane about why he still believes that faith based education has a role to play in […]

University Chaplaincy

Posted on 22. Sep, 2016 in Christian Values, Faith Groups, Schools

At this time of year many students are returning to University or starting to go for the first time. For many it is an exciting experience, for others it is a lonely time. Miriam Gormally met with Fr. Leon Ó Giolláin S.J. who is one of the Chaplains in UCD. He talked about some of […]