With this book Msgr O’Brien continues his major effort to restore Canon Sheehan of Doneraile to the consciousness of his own people, if not to their understanding.He calls the book an “outline” partly because there is a lack of papers recording the private life of Canon Sheehan, and partly because much more work needs to be done...

Blue Jasmine (15A)Woody Allen has been mining the motherlode of urban angst for almost half a century now. Here his tragi-comic penchant for intellectual navelgazing takes a new direction as he pits the divergent fates of two adoptive siblings against one another against the backdrop of a series of dysfunctional relationships with the men in their...

Efforts are underway to found a Belloc Society in Ireland. At the moment a small group are merely taking the initial baby steps, but they are serious about their scheme. Like the small Chesterton Society already in existence, both societies can be contacted in care of the Central Catholic Library at 74 Merrion Square, Dublin.Though in their own...

In this pleasantly convoluted (but occasionally overstuffed) ‘dramedy’ (to use that horrific compound term for dramatic comedy) Chris Pine plays Sam, a wheeler-dealer salesman from Los Angeles with mounting financial problems. When he hears his (estranged) father has died he goes to his funeral with great reluctance.  Money seems to be Sam’s...

John Wyse Jackson"... And showed by one satiric touch,No nation needed it so much."From the time of Jonathan Swift, and indeed before him, with the mocking verses of the Gaelic bards, Ireland has had need of her satirists. A string of comic magazines and broadsides fulfilled the role in the 19th Century, while in the 20th it was Myles na...

The Austrian author is both a professor of theology and a youth chaplain. He sets the tone of his book with a remark in his foreword which explains that his book ìdeals with a number of fundamental points of Catholic piety: nothing special, nothing new, and nothing speculative. I hope it is intelligible. For the Church is not an organisation with...

J. Anthony GaughanNewspaper proprietors and journalists were prominent in the agrarian radicalism which developed into a national movement in the 19th Century.  Chief among them was James Daly (1836-1911).  A tenant farmer and Poor Law Guardian in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, he purchased the Connaught Telegraph in 1876 “to advocate the...

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