Donal McCartneyMichael Davitt’s early career has been well documented, most comprehensively by T.W. Moody in Davitt and Irish Revolution 1846-82. It was Moody’s contention that Davitt, in his role as ‘father of the Land League’, made his most significant contribution to the shaping of modern Ireland.Davitt was still only 36...

This important book is written with the aim, it seems to this reviewer, of enlarging our sense of what ‘orthodoxy’ ought to mean in the era of Pope Francis.Prof. Sedmak is a distinguished Austrian theologian who currently holds a chair at King’s College, London. His main interests are in poverty, its origins, and its spiritual...

J. Anthony GaughanGrace, born in 1874, was the daughter of Charles Russell Hurditch. He was a leading figure in the Protestant sect known as the Plymouth Brethren. However, she was best known as the second wife of Henry Grattan Guinness (1835–1910).Taney-born Henry Grattan, was the grandson of the famous Arthur Guinness. After extensive...

In almost unbearably graphic prose, Samer – a pseudonym – describes a place in which atrocities are everyday, and life barely tolerable. Children walk to school past crucifixes from which decapitated bodies hang. Food is becoming scarcer and more expensive; electricity is rationed; rubbish piles up on the deserted streets.Raqqa is an...

Carraig Books, a long-established bookshop in Blackrock  village, is to close soon, certainly before the end of the year.  It is one of the few second-hand bookshops that carry a large stock of philosophical and religious books, but as the owner explained to me recently, these subjects do not sell as well as they once did. Much of his...

The primacy of the word, what the Greek philosophers called logos, has been for many the only way in which both good and bad can be distinguished. Yet one has, in this day and this age, to doubt some whether this is always so.Take these words – they are from a cradle Catholic, whose mind and imagination were filled with the aberrant lore of...

Though it is not presented as a Lenten book, Donal Murray’s latest book is very much the sort of book which will provide readers with many insights in the way things are. He is writing very much for those who find the ‘redrawn landscape’ of morality to which his title alludes, and find it more like a trackless wilderness....

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