St. Patrick

Posted on 12. Mar, 2020 in Festivals, St Patrick

St Patrick is a much-celebrated figure in Ireland. In this piece from the archives, Eileen Good speaks with Edmond Grace SJ, author of “The Story of St. Patrick,” published by the Irish Messenger Publication. Edmond discusses the value that St. Patrick has today for people all over the world and begins by talking about how […]

Our Lady’s Island

Posted on 08. Aug, 2019 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Festivals, Pilgrimage

In this piece from the archive, first published in 2006, we hear about Our Lady’s Island in Wexford, which has its pilgrimage season from Aug 15th, the feast of the Assumption to September 8th the birthday of Our Lady.  Miriam Gormally met Colin Murphy ADM to find out what is so special about Our Lady’s […]

The Legacy of the Pope’s Visit

Posted on 31. Jan, 2019 in Community, Family, Festivals, Young people

Fr Damian McNeice, Master of Ceremonies to the Archbishop, was heavily involved in organising the Pope’s visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families 2018, held in Dublin. This was his second time to see a Pope in Ireland and he talks here with Conor Deane about the day in August 2018 and how […]

Easter Saturday

Posted on 29. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Easter, Festivals

Luke Macnamara OSB, monk of Glenstal Abbey and lecturer in Sacred Scripture in St Patrick’s College also looks at the vigil of Easter Saturday night when they celebrate the culmination of the Holy Triduum. He explains that it is one of the most popular nights as they have a big fire and use the theme […]

A Feminist St Patrick?

Posted on 15. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, St Patrick

St Patrick, Ireland’s national patron saint had plenty to offer to women. So says Soline Humbert a prominent member of “We are Church” with a particular interest in justice for women and exploring how they have been excluded from the Church. Like Saint Patrick she was a stranger in this land and like him she […]

Understanding Irish Wisdom

Posted on 05. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Ecology, Festivals

Fiann O’Nuallain is the author of several books about natural herbal advice for common ailments as well as sound practical advice on mindfulness for spiritual, emotional and cognitive well being. He is also interested in how our history and religion can shape us and takes a look back into the religious and cultural history in […]

Summit 17

Posted on 06. Jul, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Faith Groups, Family, Festivals

Summit `17 takes place in the Croke Park Conference Centre, July 13th to 15th in Dublin. Christopher Gault from the Summit team said it was an opportunity for Christians to meet together to renew their faith and revitalise their sense of purpose. The idea for the conference came from an Irish priest, Fr James Divine, […]

The Seven Rejoices of Mary

Posted on 18. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Festivals, Music, Saints

May is the month of Mary. In celebration of this joyous month, here is Noirin ni Riain singing the Seacht Suailci Na Maighdine Muire, the Seven Rejoices of Mary from her album Vox de Nube with the Monks of Glenstal.  

Lá Féile Bhríde

Posted on 02. Feb, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church, Saints, St. Brigid, Young people

Lá Féile Bhríde is a celebration of one of the most well-known and loved female Irish saints. She was a woman of the land, a spiritual leader, a peacemaker and a woman of legendary hospitality. Solas Bhride, the light of St. Brigid, is a Christian Spiritual centre and hermitage that opened two years ago in […]

Epiphany – the Revelation of Christ

Posted on 05. Jan, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Festivals, Seasons of the Church Year

When we think of the feast of the Epiphany, we usually think of the three wise men coming from the East. People often joke that they arrived late with totally impractical gifts for a new mother who was forced to give birth to her son in a manger. Abbot Brendan Coffey of Glenstal Abbey talked […]