Catholic Education

Posted on 04. Feb, 2016 in Christian Values, Community, Education, Religious patronage, Religious teaching, Schools

Until this Saturday, schools everywhere are celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2016, with the theme “Challenged to Proclaim God’s Mercy”. While Catholic Schools have much to celebrate, Bishop Brendan Kelly writing in the Irish Times talked about how they are also unfairly criticised over their admissions policy. Miriam Gormally spoke with Eithne Woulfe SSL, former principal […]

The Mystery of Thomas Merton

Posted on 10. Dec, 2015 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Education, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation

The monk and hermit Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is hard to define. He was a poet, prolific spiritual writer, diarist, jazz buff, pioneer of inter religious dialogue, advocate of radial social reform and precursor of liberation theology. His works were known worldwide. However despite all his productivity, he was a man of inner turmoil, who died […]

A Renaissance Man

Posted on 19. Nov, 2015 in Achievement, Art, Death, Education

Michael Paul Gallagher, a Jesuit and Renaissance man who was a renowned author and academic recently passed away. Last week we played a piece from the archives on his work on imagination and belief and this week we hear form Brendan Stauntan SJ who was a friend and colleague. He begins by talking about how […]

Teaching Art

Posted on 23. Jul, 2015 in Education, Exams, Schools

Art education is an important aspect of the overall education of children. Siobhan McKenzie is an art teacher  and believes that teaching through art opens up a whole world of colour to students and teaches them a better way to understand themselves. She talks to Miriam Gormally about the Learning Through Art program and how […]

Fr. Browne’s Donegal

Posted on 11. Jun, 2015 in Art, Book review, Christian Values, Education

A book of Donegal photos by the renowned Fr Browne was launched at Donegal County Museum in association with Messenger Publications on Thursday June 11. Jesuit photographer Father Frank Browne, famous for his photos of the Titanic, was a regular visitor to Donegal between 1920s to late 1940s, where he gave missions in parishes around the […]

Learning: A Lifetime’s Work

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 in Education, Festivals

Thursday 19th, learners from Castlerea Adult Education & VTOS Centre in Co. Roscommon, helped launch the national programme of events for the 9th AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival. This year’s Festival takes place nationwide from 23rd – 28th February, with over two hundred free events listed on The launch event saw local artist, Steve McCahill, […]

The Synod’s Global Impact

Posted on 16. Oct, 2014 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Education, Feminism/Women in the Church, Humane Vitae

The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family has been looking at issues surrounding modern families and how to reconcile Church teachings with the reality lived by people on the ground. More than 250 participants, including 14 married couples from around the world are there. There are 190 voting members and over 60 non voting […]

The end of All Hallows

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 in Education, Uncategorized

 All Hallows, a college which was set up in 1842 as a seminary, is to close.  Miriam Gormally met with Carolanne Henry the Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Marketing said that the decision was made with  “with huge regret and deep sadness”. She added that “the college, which is not in receipt of State grants […]

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 […]

Dr. Paul O’Callaghan Interview (Part 1)

Posted on 09. Jan, 2014 in Caring for Children, Conflict, Crime, Death, Education, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Vocation

In this mini series with Dr Paul O’Callaghan of Queens University Belfast, Conor Deane talks to Dr. O’Callaghan about his time in Uganda working with Child Soldiers. Strong Advisory! This is a harrowing story about children who have been through some of the worst atrocities. It does not make for easy listening. Dr O’Callaghan’s Background: […]