Domestic cooking, Kylemore Convent style

A Flavour of Kylemore Abbey by the Sisters of the Community (Columba Books, €24.99) When this book came to hand, I turned over the pages to see what made this cook book different from all the others that flood the market. My attention was immediately taken by a recipe for Frangipane Mince Pies, the last one in the…

Dublin’s streets, broad and narrow

The Liberties by Maurice Curtis (Currach Press, €14.99) The Back of the Hack: Growing Up in the Liberties by Kathleen Clifford (A & A Farmar, €15.00) Some years ago author Maurice Curtis brought out a history of the Liberties, that district of Dublin to the south west that once lay outside the city walls, and where over…

Pio Nono and the end of the papal millenium

The Pope who would be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe by David I. Kertzer (Oxford University Press, £25.00) Prof. Kertzer’s earlier books have made a mark. The Pope and Mussolini, for instance, described the settlement that lead to the Lateran Treaty and the accommodation made by the Church with…

Schrödinger’s dog and the nature of life

Currently the facade of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies is decorated with a huge image of Erwin Schrödinger. This year is the 75th anniversary of the physicist’s lecture, given under the auspices of the institute, the famous ‘What is life?’ This exposition played an influential role in the development of molecular physics and the…

Music-making for God and people

The Masses of Seán and Peadar Ó Riada: Explorations in Vernacular Chant by John O’Keefe (Cork University Press, €49.00) Music and Society in Cork, 1700-1900 by Susan O’Regan (Cork University Press, €39.00) Ina Boyle 1889-1967: A Composer’s Life by Ita Beausang, with an essay on the music by Séamus de Barra (Cork University Press, €29.90)…

A Church teaching at the crossroads

Christ’s Illumination Upon Every Heart by Eamon Flanagan (Kolbe Publications, €7.50) The author of this handbook is a Vincentian who works in Dublin; indeed the landmark spire of his church, St Peter’s, Phibsborough, standing at a major crossroads, decorates his cover. That notion of  serving the church at a crossroads is a theme which might…

Echoes of Pope Francis’ visit

Pope Francis in Ireland: Commemorative Souvenir by Mags Gargan and the staff of The Irish Catholic (Columba Books, €24.99) Pope Francis in Ireland  (Veritas, €4.99) Joy of Love, a family perspective by Gráinne Doherty (Veritas, €7.99) The recent congress and the visit of Pope Francis, despite what was mooted in advance by critics, passed off very well. Certainly…