The New Dawn of Education in Ireland

In a world where success means academic achievement and financial gain, are we letting our children miss out on something that could make them happy, and that could result in the kind of world we want them to grow up in? With bullying on the increase and the number of children and young people suffering from mental health issues on the rise, the need for a new approach in schools has become apparent.

Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it’s the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves.” – Sir Ken Robinson, author on cultural and creative education.

Through ChangeX, the platform of social innovations, a number of innovations that support and encourage compassion, empathy, kindness, imagination, self-esteem, respect and critical thinking taking are off throughout the country. We meet the people behind Mindfulness Matters, Playworks and Peace First and talk to teachers who are noticing exceptional results.

Teaching our Children to be Mindful

Mindfulness, a buzz word that started taking hold in mainstream media a few years ago, has stood its ground. Unsurprisingly, companies that invest in employee wellbeing, such as Google, Yahoo and Apple encourage mindfulness in the workplace. NUI Galway last year introduced The Mindful Way initiative at its campus, incorporating mindfulness into its teaching, studying and researching practices.


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Fighting Isolation and Loneliness in Men – the extraordinary power of the Men’s Shed

Men’s Sheds: An Antidote to Loneliness and Isolation

John Evoy could have done with a support like Men’s Shed when he was a young man. Having struggled with issues common to so many young men himself, when he visited his first Men’s Shed in Australia, he realised it’s what had been missing in his home country all along.

“When I was younger, I experienced some of the issues that some of the guys in the sheds are going through and I have a lot of empathy with them. I was born and raised on a farm in Co Wexford, and I ended up living alone with my grandmother through certain circumstances in late teens and 20s. At the time, I also stopped farming. We sold the cows, which was a huge deal, especially because of the intergenerational links with the farm and the importance of the land in Ireland. I felt so isolated.”

Joyce Country wheelin’

WHEN the whole country was told to enjoy the sunshine because it would be the last we’d see of it I raised my hand in Mayo News HQ to discover some tourism gems.


What better way to spend a day than rediscovering some of my favourite spots around Mayo, and in the sunshine no less. The only downside to getting out of the office for the day was my mode of transport, I offered to visit ‘Joyce Country’ by bike, forgetting that the last time I was on the saddle was nearly a year ago.

After a few false starts (borrowing a bike only to find it was meant for someone over six foot tall) I hit towards the border, on a mountain bike with deflating tyres. The dodgy tyres couldn’t deflate the mood though, the sky was blue, the tunes were great (yes, I had earphones in, but the music was really low, I promise) and the open road meandering through the Lough Mask area and over the border.


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Sensational Ireland create history with stunning victory over the All Blacks!

Ireland 40 New Zealand 29

History in Chicago. The long wait is over. After 111 years of trying, Ireland have finally beaten the All Blacks and they thoroughly deserved it after a game that was eerily reminiscent of the 2013 clash, only this time Robbie Henshaw had the final say.

The men in green were well worth their win, eschewing their kicking game to ground and pound at the home of the Chicago Bears, while dominating an understrength New Zealand pack at set-piece time.

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‘Nana is a celebrity now’: The story behind this heartwarming photo


This photograph was voted the winner of Centra’s #LiveToday competition, celebrating living in the moment. More than a thousand people entered – but Martina Corry, 24, from Clare won the popular vote with this striking image of her grandmother waiting at the door to go to a party.

Here, Martina tells the story behind the picture – and how her grandmother’s approach to life has influenced the family. 

THIS IS A photo of my grandmother Josie O’Brien, but Nana O’Brien to all of us. She’s 88. She was the youngest of eight, but she’s the last one remaining. It was taken in Tula, Co Clare, where she lives.
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O’Connor and Gleeson scoop GAA/GPA Young Hurler and Young Footballer of the Year awards

MAYO’S DIARMUID O’CONNOR and Deise star Austin Gleeson were honoured with the prestigious Young Player of the Year awards at tonight’s GAA/GPA Opel Allstar bash at the Convention Centre in the capital.

21-year-old O’Connor, picked up his second straight Young Footballer of the Year and now stands level with big brother Cillian as two-time winners of the award. His Grandmother, Teresa O’Donovan, was a local in The Neale.


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Family hail community response in search for son

The family of an Erris man who drowned at sea last year have hailed the ‘incredible’ support they received from the community in the search for his body.
The body of Daniel Doherty (22) was found in Lacken Bay on September 25, two weeks after he went missing whilst out working his lobster pots off the Erris coast.
An inquest into his death last Wednesday heard that the huge land and sea search saw hundreds of people lend their support.
Figures from the Irish Coast Guard show that 150 people helped during the week and that figure rose to 500 at the weekend. However, the family stress these figures just account for those who signed up at a local community centre – many more simply joined the search mid stream.

“The help we got from the wider community was incredible. We will be forever grateful,” Daniel’s mother Noreen said afterwards.

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