Michael McDowell SCDr Thomas Morrissey, himself a Jesuit priest, has chosen for his latest work of historical biography one of the foremost Jesuit proponents of the Catholic Action Movement in Ireland between the War of Independence and the Second World War. His choice is justified.Cahill’s role in that era is well known as a founder of An...

J. Anthony GaughanThe Nugent family trace their beginning to Gilbert de Nugent of Normandy, the 1st Baron of Delvin, who arrived in Ireland in the 12th Century.  By the middle of the 16th Century they were well and truly Anglo-Irish.  At that time their lands – present-day County Westmeath – were situated on the frontier...

In Ireland, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy has long been much admired. One of the surprises among the releases of State papers at the turn of the year, as least to this reviewer, was a file dealing with the proposal put to the government that it should support the nomination of Sr Stan for the Nobel Peace Prize. The government said that as a matter of...

These days we have little expectation of astonishing works of literature or scholarship from a bishop. They are all too busy with mere administration to have the mental energy to expend on scholarship or literature. It was not always thus. Look for instance at the writings of 19th-Century Irish bishops, such as Dr Healy of Tuam or Cardinal Moran....

Joe Carroll“We are the Supreme Court and under God we can do anything,” a judge of the court, Cecil Lavery, rebuked a young barrister who had the nerve to tell the court it did not have jurisdiction to decide a certain point. That barrister, Tom Finlay, later became a Chief Justice  and so could see for himself just how far the...

J. Anthony GaughanThis is a valuable biography of a truly remarkable person. The book’s title does not exaggerate. Máirtín Mór McDonogh (1860–1934) was a central figure in the civic life of Galway city and county for most of his life.Máirtín Mór was born on the island of Lettermullan in one of the remotest parts of Connemara to parents...

Tax avoidance is one of the greatest difficulties besetting the world economy. Accountant and tax campaigner Richard Murphy estimates that 10% – maybe more – of the world’s wealth is hidden away in tax havens. Taxed, the secreted trillions would provide more roads, more schools, more hospitals, everywhere.Tax havens put a...

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