Vincent P Martin
Vincent P Martin
Fr. Michéal MacGréil was an eminently gifted, leading & charismatic sociologist- a priest who was a rare reforming & prescient voice (ahead of his time)- A very kind, compassionate person. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis
Vincent P Martin
Vincent P Martin
Congrats to Jamie Osborne in making the Six Nations Squad and joining fellow Naas RFC Mini & Youth Player – Jimmy O’Brien. Best wishes from everyone in Naas RFC. #gocobras🐍
Vincent P Martin
Vincent P Martin
First fixtures of 2023! Looking forward to getting back on the pitch after the Christmas break. Best of luck to all teams ❤️💙
Vincent P Martin
Vincent P Martin
The Green Party is making childcare cheaper. We’re supporting families with cuts of up to 25% in childcare costs in 2023, and we’ll do the same again in 2024. @kildaregreens #childcarecosts
Vincent P Martin
Vincent P Martin
TIPS FOR A MORE MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS
It has been a stressful year for many people. As we emerge from the very testing pandemic our lives still remain unsettled. The ongoing war, climate chaos, energy crisis and prevailing economic uncertainty increases anxiety levels. We need Christmas like never before. We should do our best to use the period to relax and renew ourselves. Here are some of my tips for a better Christmas this year.

1. Stay in your pyjamas some of the days of the Christmas holidays. This sends a signal to the world that you are not at work. You are announcing yourself formally as housebound and cannot fetch the coal or get milk in the shop. Other family members will rise to these challenges.

2. Switch off your mobile phone for some of the days. Treat yourself to extended time periods without being interrupted by messages and emails. You will also come to realise how much time you waste reading useless information.

3. It’s hard to beat a good movie. Do your research. Close the curtains. Switch off the lights. Place popcorn and crisps beside you and a fizzy drink. We all need a bit of fantasy at the moment. Make these movies family occasions.

4. The greatest gifts that you have in this life are the people who love you. These are precious jewels and surround yourself with them. Never take them for granted. Now there is time to truly connect with them all. Do not waste it. Do things with them. Listen properly to what they say and let them know how much you love them.

5. The last couple of years have been tougher on us than we truly acknowledge. It has been very unsettling and a lot of anxiety hovers around. Watch the news less often and jump into a hobby. Reconnect with something that you used to love doing or start something new. We need hobbies to take us away from life stresses.

6. Arrange to meet a friend for a coffee or drink. Invite people over. Accept invitations as gifts. People need people. We are each others greatest resource.

7. If you can afford it give to the poor. Loose change can transform the day for someone begging on the street or lying in the wet. Maybe, you can arrange for a generous donation to a charity group who looks after the homeless. Let your children know what you’re doing.

8. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ. If you are a Christian – this is possibly the biggest day in your religious calendar (along with Easter). You could arrange to visit the crib or manger in your local church/town. Or talk about the Christmas story to your children. It’s a beautiful story of love and hope and shouldn’t be lost in the tinsel.

Wishing you and all whom you love peace at Christmas and renewed energy and hope for the coming months.
(C) Shane Martin
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