Family and Lifestyle

Sean Finlay The Zambian Immersion Project at St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise, offers 16 students a coveted once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Zambian culture first-hand through deeply enriching work in schools, orphanages and health clinics over an unforgettable two weeks.Our journey began way back in January, 2016 when the project...

Anne AlcockMy bra is getting to me. I am wriggling with discomfort. Finding that loosening the band, or adjusting the cup, isn’t changing things. There is a sharp jab on my right side, going on for some days now like a burning, under my breast.But it is early spring, I’ve had a little break, relaxing, walking, eating, of course I must...

The elderflower is nearly in full bloom, and in another week or two it’ll be ready to be picked for a delicious home-made cordial. In the meantime, you can use cordial from the shop to sip on and make desserts with.Lemon and elderflower are simply delicious together but when you have it so often, you can easily get fed up with it. So, lime...

Running is fast becoming the most popular form of exercise – it is estimated that two million people run in Britain and 10 million people in the USA. The aerobic (heart and lung) exercise provided by running is undoubtedly good for your health. However, intense and arduous forms of running, such as marathons and ultra-marathons, are becoming...

Mark was preparing for his First Reconciliation and First Communion. These are important days for any child and a lot of work goes in to being ready to receive these sacraments. For Mark, there was even more work because Mark is autistic. His parents and his teacher had put a lot of thought into how Mark needed to prepare. For First...

Jonny HansonIn Laudato Si’, Pope Francis paints a compelling picture of the people of God together rediscovering their mandate to care for God’s world. But how are we to put this noble calling into practice? Here are three suggestions at three different levels: the individual; the parish; and the diocese or denomination.The meat we eat...

I scream for ice cream! During our recent sunny weather you’ve no doubt been treated to one or two giant waffle cones filled with a few scoops of your favourite ice cream. We can’t rely on getting long spells of hot weather in Ireland, even in the summer, so slurping on ice cream in the sun is a real luxury.But you can have as much ice...

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