J. Anthony GaughanThis is a splendid tribute to the men and women from the small parish in Ballyheigue in Co Kerry who spent their lives on the missions at home and abroad. The book is beautifully shaped, and provides a local microcosm of Ireland’s national missionary activity over the recent centuries. At the outset there is an...

Roy Hattersley prefaces his congenial history with a fascinating autobiographical fragment in which he recalls the ease with which his father could translate Latin inscriptions during their frequent visits to historic churches.After his death he discovered that his father had once been a priest. During his ministry he had instructed a young woman...

Felix M. LarkinIn August 1886, speaking at a gathering of Irish-Americans in Chicago, Michael Davitt said: “It is very easy to establish an Irish republic by patriotic speeches delivered three thousand miles away, but we could not do it on the hills and plains of Ireland.”Not for the first, or last, time were Irish-Americans pushing...

The advantages of social media as a tool for evangelisation or – arguably – an environment in which evangelisation can take place are discussed on a regular basis nowadays, but the difficulties of maintaining a coherent, timely and appropriate social media presence aren’t always acknowledged.This was demonstrated all too sharply...

Has Political Correctness Gone Mad? - a documentary with a name to draw in the curious, on  Channel 4 last Thursday night. It was billed as an authored programme, an opinion piece, by Trevor Phillips, and despite advance warnings about bad language and racist terms, it was actually a reflective and relatively moderate programme. I have...

Felix M. LarkinThere are many connections between Ireland and Tasmania, and not only because of the latter’s status as a penal colony in the first half of the 19th Century.These connections are reflected in a beautiful stained glass window in St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Hobart.Erected in 1995, the window is dedicated to “...

Why Not? How to Bring the Liturgy Aboutby Turlough Baxter (Veritas, €8.99)This little book consists of thoughts on the liturgy that originally appeared in Intercom, the pastoral and liturgical resource magazine, over the last dozen years or so. Though aimed by Turlough Baxter at his fellow clergy, it will be read with by many lay people...

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