A couple of new shows hit the TV screens last week. With much advance hype one of these arrived on RTÉ2 last Thursday night. US drama This Is Us tells the interacting stories of several individuals who share the same birthday.It was appealing enough to make me want to watch another episode, but only just. It wasn’t a problem that I was...

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...

J. Anthony GaughanThis is a comprehensive account of the many lives of Constance Gore-Booth also known as Countess Markievicz, the defiant aristocratic hero of the poor of Dublin. She was born in London on February 4, 1868. Her father Sir Henry Gore-Booth of Lissadell, Co Sligo, was an Anglo-Irish landlord. She and her two sisters were...

Without a doubt, one of the key challenges of the Church in the modern world is to reach out to those who are outside it – whether those might be people who have fallen away from the Church, or never been part of the Church, or simply people opposed to whatever social role they see the Church as playing.It’s encouraging, then, to see...

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