Eco-Examples

A Conversation at the Gates of Heaven

This thought-provoking story about being challenged by St Peter at the gates of heaven was written by Sinéad Brady, Convenor of Rathfarnham Quaker Meeting’s Eco Committee: Once upon a time there was a girl called Sinéad, and one day, when she was minding her own business, she unexpectedly died. After getting over the initial shock […]

The joys of finding treasure in charity shops!

Priscilla Robinson – a writer, performer and stand-up comedian – has been finding treasures in charity shops, sales of work, skips and bins for the past 25 years. Here she shares some of her experiences of finding treasure among other people’s rejected clutter … I have never been a fan of normal shops. I prefer […]

Green Sod Land Trust

The land of Ireland is a green gift to all of us. The Green Sod Land Trust - An Fóidín Glas - is working to save this land for present and future generations. The Trust was established in the belief that Ireland's beautiful and diverse land has become a mere ‘commodity’, something to be bought […]

Herbs for Health

The tradition of using herbs to treat ailments is under serious threat from new EU legislation. Natasha Harty sent us this report following a recent conversation she had with East Cork herbalist, Kelli O’Halloran. Don’t forget to take the gaia health petition she recommends at the end! ~ Kelli O’Halloran is a member of the […]

Franciscan Eco-Network ~ Brother Cathal Duddy OFM

Ecosystems and biodiversity are under threat from all sides today. A healthy biodiversity is necessary not only for the strength of our plant and animal populations but also for humanity's future well-being on this planet. Every creature on earth needs certain habitats in which to live, but whereas we humans are good at adapting, plants […]

Quaker children make a beautiful mandala (circle of wholeness) with natural materials

The children of Churchtown Quaker Meeting, Dublin, made a beautiful autumn mandala (circle of wholeness), using leaves, chestnuts, pine cones and other natural materials they collected. Sunday School children of all ages took part in the reflective activity, which was carried out in silence as participants were encouraged to bear in mind someone they knew […]

Live Simply

“Live simply so that others may simply live” is the vision of the growing Live Simply network, which was set up in Ireland in 2009. People who sign up to the Live Simply campaign promise to change their personal behaviour and they join a group to work on a ‘community challenge’. Live Simply has developed […]

Cork Transition Town – Global and Local Finance and Us

The Transition Town movement, which started in Kinsale, is now a world wide organisation. Its aim is helping local communities become more self sufficient and more resilient to whatever happens in the uncertain years ahead. Down here in the South, Cork, Youghal and Midleton now also have Transition groups. Cork Transition Town was host this […]

Wilderness spirituality

In the fourth century women and men desiring to live more simply began living outside the towns and villages of Lower Egypt, Israel, and Syria. They dwelled in hand-made huts or caves, eating and drinking a sparse diet of bread and herbs and water. Inviting the wilderness to teach them, they began learning how to […]

Ballymun regeneration ‘a shining example to communities’

Ballymun – a district on Dublin’s northside – is infamous for its tower blocks, which became a symbol of poverty, drugs and other social problems from the 1970s. Thirty-six blocks of flats were built in the 1960s and incorporated the best social housing practice of the time, including district central heating. However, there was a […]