I saw this book again recently and was reminded how much I should read it and educate myself further about the issues facing young people today in Ireland. Of course Orla's (author) take will be from a slightly different angle than myself as we are working in different sectors and are serving teenagers (& young adults) using different tools. Still, it seems this book would only help give me a clearer picture on the state if things in this great island. Brief intro:
"As Irish society changes rapidly in the era of the Celtic Tiger, the traditional reference points of family, the school and the church are changing at a sometimes dizzying pace. Prosperity has arrived and has brought great benefits, but with it have come increasing work and financial commitments, and consumerism and advertising place ever greater demands on young people.
How can teenagers and parents make sense of this shifting landscape and deal with complex issues such as divorce, substance abuse, family bereavement, depression, suicide, peer pressure and bullying?
In Celtic Cubs, therapist Orla McHugh surveys recent research into .the teenage experience. and the challenges facing Irish teenagers and their parents and guardians. She also gives practical and clear advice and recommendations for both teenagers themselves and those who deal with them on coping with the ups and downs of these difficult years."
I've also heard about a book called 'The Pope's Children' that explores the rapid cultural change that has been happening in Ireland since the visit of Pope John Paul in the 70's. It approaches the changes from a broader view, exploring how all of Irish society has been affected. There were three episodes on Irish national tv from RTE based on the book called 'In Search Of The Pope’s Children'. You can view all three episodes online here.
Sounds like I have some shopping / reading / watching to do.