Dr Christopher Moriarty About 2,200 years ago Qoheleth, the rather unhappy old preacher wrote in The Book of Ecclesiastes, “There is nothing new under the Sun”.  Reading this really brilliant book supports his view.  The Church today rails against the media and its alleged policy of subverting the faithful.  And so, Don O’Leary...

J. Anthony Gaughan This valuable collection ranges from Pearse’s theories on education, articulated in The Murder Machine, to his orations on great Irish leaders – Wolfe Tone, Robert Emmet and O’Donovan Rossa.  It also includes his three pamphlets: The Separatist Idea, The Spiritual Nation and The Sovereign People, issued just months before...

Memoirs, by William Rees-Mogg (Harper Press, €16.40 / £12.99) Peter Hegarty William Rees-Mogg is one of Britain’s most prominent Catholics, and has been at the heart of its public life for six decades.  His memoirs are rich in descriptions of the people he has known, and the changes he has witnessed and effected. He was at his most...

Ireland in the World Order: A History of Uneven Development, by Maurice Coakley (Pluto Press, €25.25 / £19.99) Joe Carroll Put crudely, this interesting study tries to explain why England by the end of the 19th Century was one of the richest countries in the world thanks to the Industrial Revolution while Ireland was one of the poorest although...

 J. Anthony Gaughan This is a collection of articles by James Fintan Lalor in The Nation and The Irish Felon.  It also provides an overview of Lalor’s career and the circumstances surrounding each article.  James Fintan Lalor was born at Tinnakill, Abbeyleix on March 10, 1807.  His father was a prosperous tenant farmer and an...

This very useful and practical pocket-sized handbook was put together by the late Fr Seán Swayne, who died in May 1996. It was written while he was secretary of the Irish Episcopal Liturgical Commission, which did so much to refresh what happens in church.  His book offers a ready resource for use at the whole range of occasions on which a...

The not unexpected triumph in a California court of Apple over Samsung  –  the affair has different outcomes elsewhere -  has focussed the attention of the world on a problem that faces all users of modern technology and the media their sport. Competition is extoled, but when it becomes to strong  the businessmen resort to the...

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