Helping Marriage Thrive
We believe in strong marriages, Family.ie is committed to helping you and your marriage with these articles offering support, inspiration and encouragement. We hope you find something to help you where you are!
- Part 1 of 3 – Surviving the First Five Years of Marriage
It’s been said, “You don’t know, what you don’t know.” On the flip-side, we can make great strides in marriage if we admit that we don’t know—but we’re willing to learn. And those first five years of marriage especially–are often a steep learning curve!
- Episode 2-Marriage – How to Make It Work
“Building & Maintaining Intimacy”
In episode 2 of this live event, hear more of the questions from the studio audience:
- What would they say to a couple who is separated? And,
- What does it mean to “fight fair”?
Find out the answers to those questions and more!Episode 1-Marriage – How to Make It Work
Making Marriage Work!
- Episode 4 of 4 – Marriage In Ireland Today – More Challenging or More Exciting?
While any relationship will have its challenges; research shows that wedding vows do indeed make a difference for security and longevity.
In episode 4, we hear once again from Alan Morris, of Relationship Central Ireland. But we also asked three couples (who are preparing for marriage) to share their own opinions and views. What’s the message from your generation regarding the institution of marriage? And how do you personally view, “Till death do us part?”Episode 3 of 4 – Marriage In Ireland Today – More Challenging or More Exciting?
In episode 3, we analyse the latest social research, cultural views, and the perceptions of the “permanence” of commitment in modern society. Professional counsellor Linda Wagner will examine:
- the recent trends;
- the rise of cohabitation;
- and the impact that it’s having on the future of marriage.
We also hear what a random sample of the public had to say. We asked, “Do you think it’s OK for couples to live together before marriage? Why or Why Not?”…Episode 2 of 4 – Marriage In Ireland Today – More Challenging or More Exciting?
In episode 2 of our series, we’re considering the realities of cross-cultural marriages in Ireland. We’ve heard first-hand from couples of various combinations:
- Some who’ve married from different parts of Ireland;
- Some of the “New Irish”—who were born in different countries—but not consider Ireland “home;”
- And couples in which one partner is ethnically Irish; and the other partner is from some other part of the world.
We can certainly see that Ireland has changed in recent years; but the change certainly wasn’t instantaneous! Let’s get an overview of the history of cross-cultural (and cross-denominational) marriages. It’d also be good to look at some more of the present-day realities and considerations.Episode 1 of 4 – Marriage In Ireland Today – More Challenging or More Exciting?
Cultural and denominational backgrounds do present issues of their own; but there are other issues that everyone who wants to get married—and stay that way–will face!
- Ep1 of 4 – Prepare for a Great Wedding Day-Podcast
In this episode, meet four couples who are preparing for marriage. They’ll tell us what they anticipate will be some of the biggest challenges they’ll face in the years ahead.Stephen Cardy also welcomes the chairman of Alpha Marriage Ireland. He’ll share some real-life stories that hopefully will help you avoid some of the common pitfalls in marriage. There’s some great information for you no matter where you are in the journey. But if the wedding day is still ahead of you, you’ll definitely want to listen in!Ep2 of 4 – Prepare for a Great Wedding Day-Podcast
In this episode, Stephen Cardy welcomes the representative of Relationship Central Ireland, (as well as Alpha Marriage Ireland), Alan Morris; and we welcome another couple who is “going the distance!” They provide marriage counselling on a regular basis, and they’ll share some of the horror stories they’ve seen in the course of wedding preparation—as well as how to avoid having a horror story of your own!:)Ep3 of 4 – Prepare for a Great Wedding Day-Podcast
In this episode, we introduce you to some couples who’ve been married for more than 15 years—some much more than that! We’ll ask them to reflect upon some of the challenges they’ve encountered—and the lessons learned. In addition, we’ll hear from some marriage counsellors who will help reveal some more keys to a great marriage—and a great life!Ep4 of 4 – Prepare for a Great Wedding Day-Podcast
In this epiosde, we hear from a number of couples who exchanged their vows well over 15 years ago. As all of the couples indicated, life together can have some unexpected bends!
If you’re still in the “planning stages” for marriage: No matter how well you prepare, some of those twists & turns just can’t be anticipated. But some things are actually predictable—especially when it comes to our brain chemistry and hormones. Let’s think about some of those issues, and discover some more keys to a great marriage—and a great life!
- Episode 5. What Hedges Can Do for Your Family
“I’d say it’s never too late to plant a hedge. And say, ‘From this day forward I’m not going to spend alone time with anyone that could possibly threaten my marriage.’ And that’s anybody of the opposite sex. Save your flirting for your wife. Save your best jokes for your wife, and your best insights. Also, tell your love story. I’ve never heard of a wife who gets tired of hearing that.” – Jerry Jenkins. Hear more on this final episode of “Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It!”Episode 4. How to Start Planting Hedges – Part 2
It’s been said that marriages don’t often end because of a “blowout”—but rather because of a “slow fade.” If you want to keep your marriage rolling along, let’s talk more about some practical ways for you to protect your marriage.Episode 3. How to Start Planting Hedges – Part 1
“Some people die because of it… Others have given up kingdoms for it…It can cause people to do absolutely mad things. It’s the most powerful ‘drug’ known to man. What is it? Infatuation–for someone other than your spouse! And at the end, we all say the same thing: ‘What was he thinking??!!’ The point is: he wasn’t. That person was under the influence of a mood-altering substance.” –Dave Carder. Listen for more on Episode 3 of “Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It!”Episode 2-Hedges and The Dangers to Marriage
“I think because it’s so alluring, it’s so attractive, that men are stupid. They think they can handle it. And, ‘I won’t get caught…’ or, ‘A little bit of it won’t make any difference.’ The thing is, it’s like a drug… And you’re longing for that high, and hoping for it, and it’s like being on heroin—except that it’s going on in your mind.” Hear more from Stephen Cardy, on episode 2 of “Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It!”Episode 1. Why Do We Need Hedges?
The divorce rate in Ireland is steadily climbing, and infidelity seems to be creeping into even the happiest marriages. So what can be done? None of us can protect all of the marriages in Ireland… but we can protect our OWN!
- Authentic Intimacy Episode 1 of 1 Podcast
Listen in, as Heather Walsh had an opportunity to sit down with Juli for a very candid conversation about “Authentic Intimacy”
- Of the countless ways we can show love to one another, five key categories, or five love languages, proved to be universal and comprehensive ...MorePart 6 of 6 – The Five Love LanguagesPart 5 of 6 – The Five Love Languages
Is your spouse “all talk?” Do you wonder, if they loved you, why don’t they think of you enough to give you gifts? It could be that your “Love Language” is: Gifts! But it’s more than the thought that counts. And, how about a hug?! Dr.Chapman also explains the importance of another important Love Language: Physical Touch…Part 4 of 6 – The Five Love Languages
Do you feel unappreciated when you do things for your loved ones that go unnoticed? Stephen Cardy and Dr.Chapman explain another “Love Language”: Acts of Service, and how it factors into relationships.Part 3 of 6 – The Five Love Languages
The Irish way of “slagging” doesn’t always fit neatly into the “Words of Affirmation” category!:) We all know that people can be deeply hurt by our words–but Dr.Chapman explains that for some people, words can hurt–or help– more than others! And: Gifts–is it really the thought that counts?Part 2 of 6 – The Five Love Languages
- HOPE STORY: Stan John
Growing up, Stan was the troubled young man in the estate who many people thought was “most likely to end up either dead or in prison.” But he found hope and life transformation…Marriage by Design-Episode 4: Making your Wedding Day the best day of your life
Hosted by Rónán Johnston with Ger Shanahan, Stephen Cardy, Heather Walsh, Stuart Kenny with Alan & Dianne Morris from Relationship CentralMarriage by Design-Episode 3: Tools and skills you will need when you are married
Hosted by Rónán Johnston with Ger Shanahan, Stephen Cardy, Heather Walsh, Stuart Kenny with Alan & Dianne Morris from Relationship CentralMarriage by Design-Episode 2. The outcomes you can expect from marriage – if you get it right
Hosted by Rónán Johnston with Ger Shanahan, Stephen Cardy, Heather Walsh, Stuart Kenny with Alan & Dianne Morris from Relationship Central
- Episode 4 of TNT for Dynamite Relationships
Hosted by Rónán Johnston, with Stephen Cardy, Heather Walsh and Ger ShanahanEpisode 3 of TNT for Dynamite Relationships
“Softening the Hard Side of Love”
Is it time for you to toughen up? Or maybe stay tough—just soften your approach?
We’ll talk more about it on episode 3 of our radio series called, “TNT for Dynamite Relatonships”
Hosted by Rónán Johnston, with Stephen Cardy, Heather Walsh and Ger ShanahanEpisode 2 of TNT for Dynamite Relationships
Hosted by Rónán Johnston, with Stephen Cardy, Heather Walsh and Ger Shanahan
- Episode 9 of Love and Respect
We wrap up our 9-part radio series called, “Love & Respect.” In some ways it’s been a long journey through some very rocky roads and thorny issues!
But we’d love to hear your thoughts as we reflect on some of what we’ve learned—particularly in the second half of the series!
Hosted by Vincent Hughes: with Stephen Cardy and Heather WalshEpisode 1 of Love and Respect
Overview of the entire series, hosted by Vincent Hughes, with Stephen Cardy and Heather WalshEpisode 8 of Love and Respect
You know the old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say—don’t say anything at all”? Heather Walsh says, that’s actually not a “one-size-fits-all” solution!
We’ve spent a considerable amount of time looking at some very practical ways that husbands can understand, and love, their wives more effectively; but episodes 7 & 8 are specifically for wives.
Hear more during episode 8 of “Love & Respect!”
Hosted by Vincent Hughes: with Stephen Cardy and Heather WalshEpisode 7 of Love and Respect
Eps.5 & 6 focused on husbands, and how they can be more loving toward their wives. But in episode 7, ladies– it’s your turn!
Hosted by Vincent Hughes: with Stephen Cardy and Heather WalshEpisode 6 of Love and Respect
Say fellas, do you ever feel like no matter what you say to your wife, you can never win? Like she’s always looking for you to say it differently—or with a different TONE?
We might be able to help! Or we might not:) But we hope you’ll listen to episode 6 of “Love & Respect”!
Hosted by Vincent Hughes: with Stephen Cardy and Heather WalshEpisode 5 of Love and Respect
So far, we’ve talked about the “crazy cycle” that all too often begins (and continues) in marriage. In episode 5 of “Love & Respect,” we discuss “the energising cycle,” and how it’s possible to even begin that process!
Hosted by Vincent Hughes: with Stephen Cardy and Heather Walsh
- Sticking Together When Life Falls Apart – Podcast
How can you and your spouse “stick together” when life falls apart?
If you think that hardships won’t affect your marriage; you may want to think again–and as the saying goes, to be forewarned–is to be fore armed! Stephen Cardy & Heather Walsh talked about that with Vincent Hughes…
- Mismatched Marriage VS Single and Lonely – Podcast
If you’re single—and you feel that “everyone is getting married except you”—Is it better to marry the wrong person rather than remain single and lonely?
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- Episode 1 of Can Your Marriage Go the Distance?
Are there some mismatches of personality types that simply don’t work? Tune in for our featured radio programme this week as we talk with a counselor and psychotherapist about the issues of compatibility.
We’ll also hear from six couples who’ve overcome a lot of hurdles and are indeed “going the distance.”
Hear the conversations on this week’s Family.ie, as we consider part 1 of our 4-part series: “Can Your Marriage Go the Distance?”Episode 2 of Can Your Marriage Go the Distance?
Despite the statistics about marriage: all is not lost—life-long-love is not just a fairytale!
But we fully acknowledge that it takes work by both parties. We’re also well aware that things don’t always work out the way we hope they would. On this week’s Family.ie, we meet three individuals who have the courage to share their own stories with us. Hear about what they’ve learned the hard way.
We’ll also hear family and marriage counsellor Linda Wagner. She’ll talk about some real stories of seemingly “hopeless” situations that were turned around! We’ll also talk about how to “affair-proof” your marriage.Episode 3 of Can Your Marriage Go the Distance?
Are you considering marriage, or still in the planning stages?
Typically when people make their vows, they simply can’t imagine some of the difficulties they’ll encounter in their lives together. That’s probably a good thing; but are there some things you can do to better prepare to stick together—when the circumstances of life will want to pull you apart?d some have been married for decades!
Don’t miss this 3rd part of our 4-part series called, “Can Your Marriage Go the Distance?”Episode 4 of Can Your Marriage Go the Distance?
Would anyone dare say they’ve “arrived” when it comes to knowing all there is to know about marriage?
We’d be well served to stop and listen to those who are setting a great example for us all. We’re honoured in this episode to hear from three such couples. Each of them has been married for over 50 years—and they’re still going strong!
Listen in to the final installment of our 4-part series of Family.ie radio programmes, called, “Can Your Marriage Go the Distance?”
- Recent research* indicates that marriage is still an aspiration for a large majority of the Irish population. And when people do marry, they want to make MoreEpisode 6 of Married to My Best Friend-It Takes More Than Luck to Make It Last
Being Married to My Best Friend: It takes more than luck to make it last…but is it possible?
Hosted by Rónán Johnston with Stephen Cardy & guestsEpisode 5 of Married to My Best Friend-It Takes More Than Luck to Make It Last
Success & Failure: All part of life today – what do I do?
Hosted by Rónán Johnston with Stephen Cardy & guestsEpisode 4 of Married to My Best Friend-It Takes More Than Luck to Make It Last
21st Century Marriage: More Interesting or More Challenging?
Hosted by Rónán Johnston with Stephen Cardy & guestsEpisode 3 of Married to My Best Friend-It Takes More Than Luck to Make It Last
Crossing the ‘Culture Divide’ – lessons from history
Hosted by Rónán Johnston with Stephen Cardy & guestsEpisode 2 of Married to My Best Friend-It Takes More Than Luck to Make It Last
Keys to a Great Marriage–and a Great Life!
Hosted by Rónán Johnston with Stephen Cardy & guestsEpisode 1of Married to My Best Friend-It Takes More Than Luck to Make It Last
Preparing for the Big Day – Are you ready for the life ahead?