Maeve Binchy, who died a year ago, will still be much missed by her countless readers. It seems very soon for any really full and deep searching account of her life to appear. Certainly this is not it.Indeed Piers Dudgeonís book reads more like a fanís notebook than a true biography. He has been collecting material on her for a decade or so, and...

iRosary is an innovative new Rosary for the iPhone and iPod Touch which displays a fully-animated set of Rosary beads that flows across your hand as you move it with your finger, like a standard Rosary. For those new to the Rosary, there is no easier way to learn this perfect prayer which engages the body, mind, and soul, while meditating on...

Frank Litton These days we worry about how the social media is affecting our relationships. Is the diligent Facebook user dodging the task of sustaining friendships for a less demanding and rewarding electronic substitute?If Facebook does little for friendship, its ubiquity bears witness to the importance of the idea of friendship. Friendship is...

These are two very remarkable, but very readable books. From very earliest times we know that humanity, almost instinctively, respected the remains of the dead, perhaps from the awe in which death was held. More so with the remains of heroes and holy people: they have often been more than honoured, they have become the object of veneration....

With this volume Fr Gaughan brings to a close his series of books documenting the clergy of all ranks who have served in the diocese of Dublin since1600. For technical reasons this volume, though it appears last, is actually volume II. The main part of the text is a catalogue of the individual priests, about whom very little is known in some...

Tony FarmarConsidering the pain, distress and even death suffered within their walls, it is extraordinary how much affection and loyalty our hospitals generate.Caring for the Nation is the first full history of one of Ireland’s best-loved Catholic institutions, the Mater Misericordiae Hospital. From the purchase of the site in 1851 the...

It is a common complaint that children here and in England, where this book originates, have very confused ideas of history. This profusely illustrated large format book will go some way to remedying that. With a significant input from the Smithsonian in Washington DC, it begins some six and half millenniums ago and comes right down to 2011,...

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