Category: Family & Lifestyle

More than just a game

Feature Colm Fitzpatrick reports from a conference dealing with the complexities of ethics in sport   Gambling addiction, mental health awareness, the role of comedy and fond memories of our sporting past were among a vast array of talks and discussed at a conference this month exploring the relationship between ethics and sport. “Sport is…

Pressures to be the perfect mother

Science of life   Motherhood should be a very special time filled with joy and love but many new mothers can labour under such a burden of expectations and pressure to perform to certain standards that they end up feeling bad about perceived underperformance or failure. This phenomenon is very marked in America and is…

Faith in the family

November is not my favourite month. I don’t mind the darker evenings so much but the prospect of walking the dog on cold, dark mornings does little to cheer me. The new year will be well on its way before I find myself walking in the light again. That is not a great prospect but…

Family News and Events

Worried about your kids’ texts? There’s an app for that! Parents worried about their children sending and sharing inappropriate texts and images may have a helpful answer in the form of a new app. The Oyoty app, developers claim, detects when pictures show too much exposed flesh, when texts use abusive or bullying language, and…

A rocky hill, full of untold stories

Youth Space   Mairead Duffy reports on a trip to Medjugorje by Holy Trinity College, Cookstown and St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon   It has been said that when our Lady wants you to go to Medjugorje she will call you. She most certainly called each and every member of our group. It has also been…

Coffee, cardamom, pear and walnut cake

Sweet Treats   Inspiration for this recipe came from musing about which flavours best go with pears in the autumn. You can’t beat pear and walnut, or pear and cardamom, and funnily enough, these two also bond wonderfully with coffee. So why not make a cake combining all four! You need to be keen on…

It’s time to prepare your garden for winter

With autumn now stretching well into November and – weather dependent – possibly December, and winters getting milder and wetter, the jobs to be done to winterise your garden are changing. Waterlogging and strong wintery gales are more likely to be the problem, rather than snow or soil frozen solid. Constant heavy rain can kill…

Let’s Talk: Conversations That Matter

Youth Space   Nestled away in a quiet corner of Ballycastle, people of all backgrounds and ages are letting their voices being heard loud and clear, through a unique initiative that promotes discussion of key Irish issues. Conversations That Matter is a dialogue process between young adults from across the island of Ireland with the…

Dad’s Diary

One eccentric feature of parenthood is that your holiday dates are chosen for you by the Department of Education. Left to their own devices, few parents would spontaneously elect upon the dreary weeks of late October as the ideal season for a family holiday. Yet we must make the most of what we are given,…