Catholic Education

Posted on 29. Aug, 2013 in Education, Religious teaching, Schools

A piece from our archive – September 16th 2009 – This year’s event will be held on October 5th 2013. Here we look back at what the congress looked at in 2005.   September is back to school month and many parents may be wondering or possibly worrying about their children’s education. One area that […]

Caring for Children

Posted on 06. Jun, 2013 in Community, Education, Family

The recent Prime Time programme Breach of Trust uncovered many unpleasant truths about childcare in Ireland. Parents all over the country were horrified that children could be looked after in such a manner. However Breda O’Brien, writing for the Irish Times, said that we shouldn’t really be shocked that stressed and poorly-paid staff are treating children badly. […]

The Spirituality of Sir Alex

Posted on 16. May, 2013 in Community, Education

Sir Alex Ferguson coached his final match last Sunday. He had a remarkable career as manager of Manchester United, being somebody who inspired awe and reverence amongst millions of fans. However he was also no stranger to controversy.  Joe Dargan SJ, an Irish Jesuit, who knows Sir Alex on a personal level, says that he […]

New Slí Eile Course

Posted on 16. Sep, 2009 in Church Teachings, Education, Gospel Values

Slí Eile is an Irish Jesuit Outreach for young Adults, which involves faith and justice activities for 18-35 year olds.  Slí Eile seeks to empower young adults with Gospel values to realise their potential.  They offer a range of activities from Volunteering to Certificate Courses.  Eileen Good  met with Slí Eile’s Noelle Fitzpatrick who began […]

Preparing for Exams

Posted on 27. May, 2009 in Education, Exams, Schools

Students all over the country are getting ready for exams.  The word “student” tends to conjure up images of young people, but Miriam Gormally met three people who challenge that stereotype.  Mandy, Susan and Joe are mature students who are studying for their exams in the evening.  Mandy and Susan are doing exams along with […]

De-stress Your Life

Posted on 13. May, 2009 in Economy, Exams, Stress

With all the talk of downturn in the economy and subsequent unemployment, stress is now an everyday buzz-word as people try to cope with new situations.  Fr. Pat Collins, a Vincentian priest who has written extensively on the subject, spoke to Eileen Good who put it to him that now with exams in the offing, […]

Special Needs Axed

Posted on 18. Feb, 2009 in Caring for Children, Different abilities, Education

Last Week the Minister for Education Batt O’Keefe announced his controversial decision to cut special teacher support for over 530 children with mild general learning disabilities.  The move has unleashed a storm of protest from outraged parents and teachers across the country.  On the day the cutbacks were announced Eileen Good spoke to Tina Kennedy, […]

Retreats Cancelled

Posted on 04. Feb, 2009 in Economy, Education, Retreats

Daily headlines of recession and cut backs have left us all in no doubt of the difficult times that lie ahead.  Education cutbacks have provoked considerable outrage and the effects are now being felt throughout the system.  Eileen Good spoke to Fr. Michael Cusack at the Redemptorist Youth Village in Athenry, Co. Galway about a […]

Social Spirituality

Posted on 29. Oct, 2008 in Education, Spirituality

Do you every wonder how your spirituality relates to everyday living? Pat Colye met Noel Fitzpatrick, course coordinator of the Certificate in Social Spirituality, a course that is set up by Slí Eile, the Jesuit centre for young adults. The course looks at the practical application of spirituality and Pat began by asking Noel to […]

Evangelisation School Knock

Posted on 29. Oct, 2008 in Church Teachings, Education, Religious teaching, Schools

Part of the Mission statement of Our Lady’s School of Evangelisation in Knock says that “… (it) exists to provide intellectual and spiritual formation in the Catholic Faith and human studies, training in evangelisation and character formation through community living.”  Co-Founder Evelyn Healy told Eileen Good how it all started.