Meditation – a gift for life

Posted on 02. Jul, 2020 in Prayer, Schools, Spiritual, Spirituality

Christian meditation is experiencing a revival as the John Main tradition of meditation is spreading throughout the country. In this piece from the archive we hear from Noel Keating, who works on a voluntary basis as Coordinaor of Meditation with Children for Christian Meditation Ireland. Noel Keating has been involved with meditation for over 15 years […]

Bridging the Digital Divide

Posted on 04. Jun, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Schools

Tiernan O’Neill has spent over 12 years working in Corpus Christi primary school in Moyross, as a class teacher, home-school-community liaison co-ordinator and now Principal. He has seen first hand the devastating consequences of poverty and educational underachievement, but Covid-19 has led to increased difficulties. The lack of broadband and laptops is creating a “digital […]

Dealing with Bullying

Posted on 16. Jan, 2020 in Discrimination, Relationships, Schools

Bullying is a huge problem in schools throughout the country.  But what goes on in the minds of the bully and how can we help them change their ways?  In this piece from the archive, we speak with Cathy Finnegan is a guidance councillor in Wilson Hospital School in Co. Westmeath who was undertaking research into […]

John Bruton on his Faith

Posted on 05. Sep, 2019 in Christian Values, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Schools

John Bruton, who served as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997, was one of the youngest every members of the Dáil – elected at only 22. Educated in Clongowes Wood College, he says that his education there gave him a good formation in his Catholic Faith, and that his time in politics thought him about compromise and […]

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 […]