Thoughts and memories of a sustaining nature

Memory Near and Far by Éamon Flanagan CM (Published by the author at St Peter’s, Phibsborough, €6.00 plus postage; available directly nationwide from Veritas, and also through the Knock Shrine Bookshop.) It is appropriate that the  impressive city church of St Peter’s in Phibsborough should be in the charge of  The Congregation of the Mission,…

Those other Americas

The River Healer and other stories: A Journey to the Heartland of America by Paddy Reid (Liberties Press, €19.99 / £18.99) During the long 20 years after the Second World War, the large American glossy magazines which circulated in Ireland then, such  as Life, Look, Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, and House Beautiful brought Ireland a…

Voices from Ireland’s lower depths

Spirit of Revolution: Ireland from below 1917-1923, John Cunningham and Terry Dunne (Four Courts Press, €24.95 / £21.95)   The cover of this book is graced by a 1934 watercolour by Harry Kernoff, entitled Liberty Hall, Dublin, night: the street is scattered with a selection of typical working class Dubliners, a social group with which…

The tale of a high achiever

Margaret Anne Suggs is a professional illustrator. Some readers will already be familiar with her work as the illustrator of the ‘Pigín of Howth’ stories by Kathleen Watkins, and also Holy Shocking Saints with Sine Quinn. However, this new book seems to be a very personal project. She tells us that she has long held…