It was another week of controversies on hot social and political topics.News and current affairs programmes dealt extensively with the controversy about the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to a site at St Vincent’s. Inherent in most debates was the unchallenged assumption that there was a clash between best medical...

World Without End, by Thomas Keating OCSO and Joseph Boyle, with Lucette Verboven (Bloomsbury, £10.99)The author, a Trappist monk of the community at St Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, is already well known as a spiritual writer. His earlier books, Open Mind, Open Heart and The Mystery of Christ are familiar to many. He is...

J Anthony GaughanThis is an excellent account of the sisters of Patrick and Willie Pearse.  Since the Pearse sisters died some of the politically motivated commentary on them ranged from the overtly negative to the gratuitously offensive.  This book is to be warmly welcomed if  only to balance such unfair criticism.Margaret was born...

There cannot be these days a more harassed set of people than the Catholic mothers of the world. This book is as the title suggests, of North American origin. That said many will find this an excellent book as a sort of daily breviary. It  provides a piece for every day of the year: a scriptural quotation, a reflection on this by various...

Antoin DelapIs saothar an-chuimsíoch i seo múnlaithe ar thráchtas dochtúireachta a rinne an túdar. Clúdaítear corradh le dhá chéad bhliain de stair an choláiste inti.Tá’n túdar le moladh go mór as doimhneas agus iomláineacht a chuid taighde agus ach go háirithe as an riar mhaith structúrtha atá ar an leabhar. Tá grinn-ainilís an-mhaith...

On Easter Monday I went with a friend to the regular monthly Book Fair in Dublin. This caters for many kinds of readers and collectors. Most of the books on offer are at very reasonable prices. Nothing here that would sell for more than a couple hundred euros -  high enough, I suppose, for some purses.Ordinary readers, most of whom keep very...

The two most popular types of books on the market these days, I’m told, are cook books and diet books. I’m thinking of writing one called Cook It But Don’t Eat It. That should corner both markets.Our society is beset with contradictions. Every night on TV – justifiably – we see advertisements put out by the Road...

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