Category: Books

For many years Cardinal Martini of was spoken of as a papabile. His elevation was not to be, but he remained one of the most influential and admired of senior clergy with a ready ability to communicate what he believed to the widest kind of audience. Though he passed away after some years of illness…

Father Redmond will be familiar to many not only for his many; devotional books, but also for his musical compositions. "It is my hope," he writes "that this book will convey something of the continuity of the crowning act of providence, something of that witnessing appreciation and love" which some of the great spiritual figures…

This book would be important even if it were only the collection of a parish priest’s letters – a thing never before attempted, though we have the letters of higher clergy such as Cardinal Cullen in print. But because these are the letters of an interesting literary figure whose representations of the Ireland of his…

Joe Carroll It is 40 years since Ireland joined the European Economic Community (EEC) so virtually two generations have little knowledge of the prolonged campaign from 1961 to 1973 to achieve membership. When asked to vote on the various referenda on widening and deepening the now European Union, very few realise what a struggle it was…

Peter Hegarty With the election triumph of Angela Merkel it is clear that German attitudes to the economic collapse and its aftermath will remain dominant. In his new book Faisal Islam explores the causes and effects of the Great Recession with the clarity and common sense we have come to expect from the highly-rated economics…

Efforts are underway to found a Belloc Society in Ireland. At the moment a small group are merely taking the initial baby steps, but they are serious about their scheme. Like the small Chesterton Society already in existence, both societies can be contacted in care of the Central Catholic Library at 74 Merrion Square, Dublin.…