Though the popular idea of modern Irish poetry may seem to be dominated by Seamus Heaney, other poets who emerged in the 1960s, such as Thomas Kinsella, Derek Mahon, and John Montague, have always been admired too for their very different, but quite distinctive styles.  Montague’s collected later poems are now to hand, reminding us in detail...

Catholic resources online Through its website, Societas Doctrinanae Christianae (SDC) offers online resources for spreading the Faith among young people.  Founded by St George Preca (1880-1962, pictured) SDC is a Catholic Society that works in the field of catechesis and the spreading of the Word of God in different ways.  The online arm...

Drawing on the rich heritage of the homilies, catechesis and speeches of Pope Benedict XVI, these little books helps us learn the Faith once more so as to live it with an increased awareness and maturity. The Nicene Creed, defined by a council of the Church in 325 AD, was one of the earliest definitions of Christian doctrine, the result of a...

Eros and Agape: The two sides of Love  by Raniero Cantalamessa  (€9.50 / £7.95)  This book contains the Lent 2011 meditations given by Fr Cantalamessa to the Papal Household, in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. Against the background of Benedict XVIís two encyclicals devoted to the theme of charity (Deus Caritas Est and Caritas In...

Edward Leigh as many will know is the Catholic Conservative Member of Parliament whose vigorous opposition to abortion and other social evils has made him a much maligned figure, but one who carry his faith openly in the public square. This book is however a more personal, indeed homely affair. A combination of a biography of St Ignatius, an...

Nigeria is a country with which Ireland has many connections, especially from the time of the Biafran War. Since the 1950s Achebe has one of Africaís leading literary figures - he won  the Booker Prize in 2007, and is a potential Nobel Laureate.  Though his novels, poetry and criticism have made clear his views, this book is the closest...

I only met Mary Robinson once. It was when she was running for the presidency in 1990 and living on the Sandford Road. I was doing some courier work at the time and delivered a parcel to her house which she accepted graciously.  I didn’t tell her on that occasion that I was named after her father Aubrey Bourke, our family doctor, who...

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