Category: Features

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…

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…

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…

Perfect parents don’t exist

Parents are inundated with ‘expert’ advice and judgement, but ultimately you must trust your instincts, writes Maia Dunphy   One of the most widely abused clichés you hear when you become a mum is some variation of ‘Ah, parenthood! If only it came with a handbook!’ Guess what … it does. And it has done…

How to tackle objections to the Faith

Youth Space Colm Fitzpatrick reports from a conference for Catholic young adults   In 1 Peter 3:5, all Christians are taught, “Whenever anyone asks of you to speak of your hope, be ready to defend it”. This was the key theme at a recent Catholic apologetics conference in Belfast which celebrated both faith and reason.…

How to fuel your inner flame

Each of us has a divine spark that can fuel our own happiness and brighten the lives of those around us, writes Martina Lehane Sheehan   Research in positive psychology suggests that while around 50% of our happiness levels are influenced by genetic components, only 10% are attributable to external circumstances, despite the huge amount…

A partnership that’s changing lives

Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with missionaries about their impact in South Sudan In a place of despair, starvation and even death, Irish missionaries have begun to bring hope back into the down-trodden lives of thousands. South Sudan remains one of the world’s poorest countries, and continues to be ravaged by violence, illness and extreme poverty which…

Exploring our faith together

Niamh Brady reports on Kilmore’s first Diocesan Youth Day I am currently participating in the John Paul II Awards. These awards recognise young people’s commitment to faith and community. I was told about the Kilmore Diocesan Youth Day and was encouraged to attend. My sister Caoimhe, who is a first year in my school Loreto…

Let’s get Ireland walking

Walking is the easiest way to get active and healthy, both physically and mentally. Most health professionals prefer walking over running as it is a low-impact exercise that goes easy on your heart and joints. It’s inexpensive and can be done anywhere, at any age or fitness level, alone or in a group, and you…