So, Newstalk has shuffled around some of its presenters, though to what effect or purpose I’m not really sure.Drive has been replaced by The Hard Shoulder, and while I’ll miss Sarah McInerney from the evening show I’m not too enamoured of Ivan Yates taking over the slot. He is too laddish for my liking and is lowering the tone of...

Anthony RocheThis important book is not a history of Irish language drama; that already exists in Pádraig Ó Siadhail’s 1993 Stair Dhrámaoícht  na Gaeilge 1900-1970. Rather, Philip O’Leary critically highlights five significant playwriting careers in Irish: Mairéad Ní Ghráda; Séamus Ó Néill; Eoghan Ó Tuairisc; Seán Ó Tuama and...

J. Anthony GaughanIn his introduction to this new edition of Seán Ó Lúing’ a biography of the patriot Thomas Ashe, Prof. Joe Lee speculates on the kind of influence Thomas Ashe would have exerted on the independence movement had he not died so prematurely. Austin Stack, Ashe’s close friend, claimed that he would have rejected the...

Irish people, as we all know, have a great grá for local legends, indeed any kind of local lore.In the poetry of W. B. Yeats, Queen Maeve, though supposedly buried on the frowning peak of Knocknarea, might be still a living person. Yeats deep interiorisation of old traditions of a locality is not unique.When Thomas Kinsella published his...

The floods that dominated the media last week were described by one commentator as biblical and apocalyptic – an understandable exaggeration.While there was sadness and tragedy, there were moments of heroism too. One anchor on CNN News last Tuesday said the weather events showed “the worst of Mother Nature and the best of human nature...

Patrick Kenny’s excellent new account of  the once renowned Fr Willie Doyle, is to be warmly welcomed, more especially for making accessible the great man’s prayerful reflections. It is well that the present generation should learn about the heroic military chaplain and his determination to live out his Christianity in every day...

In an admirably clear, jargon-free book psychotherapist Stella O’Malley argues that emotional intelligence – the ability to ‘read’ people – is one of the most useful skills children can acquire. Emotionally intelligent children and adults keenly understand the situations they find themselves in and the people...

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