Marian Rackard is an addiction counsellor and psychotherapist working with Ireland’s Health Safety Executive as project manager for alcohol initiatives. She spoke to to Eileen Good about the value of moderation in the light of the growing addiction patterns that are evident in Ireland.

Some of us are lucky enough meet a person who profoundly changes our lives for the better. For Don Mullen, author and film maker, that person was Brazilian-born Dom Helder Camera who saw the presence of God in everything. Dom Helder was born in 1909. On the centenary of his birth, Don Mullen told Eileen Good how he came to know this intriguing man.


George Wadding is a Redemptorist priest and a regular contributor to the Reality Magazine where he has written several times about Lent, its origins and its traditions. Eileen Good asked him about the importance of this Season and if we should use the word ‘celebrate’ when talking about Lent.


World Day of the Sick was launched by Pope John Paul II in 1992. He designated February 11, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, to be an annual day of prayer and consideration of the sick and of those who care for them.  It is a day on which we reflect on the Christian meaning of illness, pain and suffering – whether we are healthy or not. People in the medical profession are invited through this day to recognise and value the spiritual dimension of their work.

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Loreto Sister Nan O’Mahony, is chairperson of the National Association of Hospital Chaplains in Ireland and is based in the Marymount Hospice in Cork. Eileen Good asked her if she thought it was a good idea to have a special day for those who are sick.

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Tony O'Riordan of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice speaks to Bishop Raymond FieldBishop Raymond Field is chairman of the Irish Bishops’ Commission for Justice and Social Affairs. He describes here his reaction to a recent visit to the Holy Land where he and representatives of the Church world-wide, expressed their support for the people there at a very difficult time. He told Eileen Good about the trip and his reaction on seeing the situation at first hand.

Dr Daire Keogh, lecturer in history in St. Patricks’s College Dublin spoke to Miriam Gormally about what we know of Ireland’s patron, Saint Patrick

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Seán Cardinal Brady spoke to Eileen Good about where he finds joy in Eastertime.

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Dominican priest, Joe Kavanagh from the Priory Institute in Tallaght speaks to Eileen Good about the Easter Tridium.

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Eileen Good talks to Ciary Quirke, an Irish Jesuit, about how we might live Lent. He acknowledges that it may be easier for us to approach Christmas during Advent than it is to look towards Easter as we journey through Lent.

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Father Oliver Crilly has just written a book called “A Shortcut to the Gospels”. The book underlines the diversity of the four Gospels even though, superficially, they are all telling the same life of Christ. Saint Mathew’s Gospel was written at a time of great change in the early Church – the evolution from its Jewish origins to include Gentiles. Because of that, Father Crilly told Liam Cahill it is a very appropriate Gospel for our times. Oliver Crilly’s book “A Shortcut to the Gospels” is published by Veritas.

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