One has to feel some sympathy with the ghost of Enid Blyton if she were to return to see what has been done to her children’s books, or at least to their titles and covers.Last autumn a writer named Bruno Vincent (no, I don’t know who he is either) issued a series of books which pastiche her famous series with title such as Five Go...

I Believe: The Promise of the Creedby Pope Francis (Orbis Books / Alban Books, £14.99)This is the American translation of a book which originally appeared in German in 2015. It has been edited by Stephan von Kempis, who has picked out from a wide range of the Pope’s writings and talks, passages that deal with the Creed, to create...

J. Anthony GaughanOn February 6, the result of the North Roscommon Bye-Election of 1917 was announced as follows:  Count Plunkett 3,022; Thomas J. Devine 1,708; Jasper Tully 687. While Count Plunkett went on to be an important figure in Irish affairs, Thomas J. Devine slipped back into relative obscurity. In this monograph, the author...

While working as a young nun in Athy Sr Consilio came in contact, through the local hospital, with “the men of the road”. These were men, often from a farming background, some ex-soldiers, who had been rendered homeless.She began to care for them by providing  a little room from them to call into and to talk, later expanding the...

In my time I have suffered from migraines. They are a very unlovely thing indeed, debilitating a person for days, or even weeks, on end. Recurrent and painful though they are, they are not fatal. They also come with mental effects that are also crushing. Migraine is in a way a little like epilepsy, it is a condition that causes great...

Gregory O’ConnorThis book consists of 13 essays by different authors on various aspects of the momentous events which occurred in the 10 years between the founding of the Irish Volunteers and the end of the Civil War. Its publication formed part of South Dublin County Council’s 1916 Centenary Programme, and also of their wider Decade...

The old adage tells us we are what we eat. Whatever about that, it is certainly true that, intellectually at least, we are what we read.This being the case, I was not unnaturally curious about how books might have shaped the mind and imagination of the new president of the United States.What are his favourite books, or the books that he greatly...

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