Category: Books

This is not an actual autobiography, for a hard working journalist has little time for that, leaving such things to politicians and pop stars. Rather it is a collection of articles covering Mary Kenny’s long and colourful career, her encounters with the famous and notorious in the events of her times, her special friends, and…

J. Anthony Gaughan Arthur Griffith (1871-1922) is one of the unsung heroes of the independence movement.  Dublin-born and a journalist by profession, his chief contribution to the struggle for independence was his political writing in the United Irishman and its successor Sinn FÈin. Griffith was an Anglophobe from his earliest years. He joined the IRB,…

By the Books Editor The heated public debate in Limerick City over the up-coming of City of Culture year and its administration has caused both delight and dismay. It may delight those who think that too much in these hard time is spent generally by the state on the arts. But this is a short…

Frank Litton These days we worry about how the social media is affecting our relationships. Is the diligent Facebook user dodging the task of sustaining friendships for a less demanding and rewarding electronic substitute? If Facebook does little for friendship, its ubiquity bears witness to the importance of the idea of friendship. Friendship is important.…