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 […]

New Look for Trocáire box

Posted on 24. Mar, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Easter, Fundraising, Schools, Seasons of the Church Year

This year’s Trocáire box comes with a difference. Instead of focusing on the people who will be receiving the money it will be focusing on those who are giving money. They also talked about why in particular they have been focusing on climate justice and why it is the most important issue of the day. […]

The Pope answers Children’s questions

Posted on 03. Mar, 2016 in Community, Faith Groups, Family, Media, Pope Francis, Schools

Clara O’Gormain, a 12-year-old young Irish girl features in Pope Francis’ latest book, Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters From Children Around the Word, which is published by Irish Messenger Publications and Loyola Press USA. (March 2016) Clara comes from Galway and joined 259 children from other countries including Russia, Syria, Australia and Nigeria. […]

Retreats in Emmaus

Posted on 11. Feb, 2016 in Christian Values, Community, Education, Lent, Nature, Pilgrimage, Schools, Spiritual, Young people

  The Cloisters Walk in Emmaus Emmaus is a retreat centre in north county Dublin that has been offering residential and non residential retreats to people from all over the country for many years. To celebrate the launch of their 2016 programme, they will be holding a complimentary open day from 2pm to 5pm on […]

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 […]