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Are Gaelic games the real religion of Ireland?

The GAA and the War of Independence by Tim Pat Coogan (Head of Zeus/an Apollo Book, £20.00) The Gaelic Athletic Assoc–iation (GAA) promotes, across the whole island of Ireland,  Gaelic football, hurling, ladies’ Gaelic football, camogie and handball. However, it does not concern itself solely with organising these sports. With the Irish language, Irish music and…

World religion and our contrasting ways of reason

The Territories of Reason: Science and Theology in an Age of Multiple Rationalities by Alister E. McGrath (Oxford University Press, £25.00) Frank
 Litton   The world is changing; nothing surprising in that. Change is the norm. What is interesting and even disturbing is the growing sense of disorientation. The maps that guide us fail. The political landscape no…

The real Hemingway of Twitter

Mainly About Books by the Books Editor   Since Donald Trump took office as President of the US, the world has been fascinated, indeed mesmerised, by his daily use of short tweets to express his changing opinion, his unfocussed anger at friends and enemies (often there seems little distinction), and announce, often daily, new and…

Mohandas Gandhi: the man who ‘walked the walk’

Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World 1914-1945 by Ramachandra Guha London: Allen Lane, 2018, £40 Patrick 
Claffey
 SVD   In 1911 the British authorities decided to move the capital of their Indian Empire from Calcutta to Delhi. They set about doing this by creating a new district that came to be known as New Delhi. The work…

The medieval Irish on the Camino of St James

Medieval Pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela by Bernadette Cunningham (Four Court Press, €19.95) I never pass St James’s Gate in Dublin without thinking of that ancient city portal as the starting place of the medieval version of the Camino. It has long seemed to me those wishing to promote the way of St James here in Ireland…

Men, money and society: what St Thomas had to say

Aquinas and the Market: Towards a Humane Economy by Mary L. Hirschfeld (Cambridge, Mass. & London: Harvard University Press, £35.95) Money: In ‘Sireacht: Longing for another Ireland series’ by Conor McCabe (Cork University Press, £9.95) Frank
 Litton   I was speaking to one of our eminent economists recently. He reported on a meeting of the American Economic Association. He found the…

The Christmas gifts that keep on giving

The World of Books by the books editor   With Twelfth Night, the Epiphany, Old Christmas and the Christmas of the Eastern Churches behind us wherever we are, the holiday season is truly past. The Christmas trees have come down, along with the lights, tinsel and holly, the cards received have been packed away as…