Category: Reviews

New RTÉ show puts life and soul into faith

It doesn’t often happen, but I love it when broadcasters do something really imaginative and innovative in religious programming. Life and Soul (RTÉ1 and Radio 1 Extra) is a new addition to RTÉ’s Sunday morning religious services slot and based on last weekend’s first episode it has a lot going for it. An occasional series,…

Ambition’s fall from grace

Frenzy and Betrayal. The Anatomy of a Political Assassination by Alan Shatter (Merrion Press, €19.95) Joe 
Carroll   Alan Shatter has had to wait five years to give his version of his political downfall in May 2014 and the long ordeal of having his name cleared by two commissions of enquiry and finally the Supreme Court.…

Tales from the Munster Circuit and beyond

Under the Bed by Robert Pierse (A Little Platoon, €15.00; copies from bookshops, or jm.murphy@outlook.ie / 087 1844378, for €20 inc. post and packaging)   This is a collection of interesting stories, drawn from the lawyer author’s experience of many different places and people, many, however, close to home on the Munster Circuit by a solicitor…

One tale not told in the crypt

Mainly about books by the books editor   Under the City Hall of Dublin at the top of Dame Street – right in the heart of Dublin – one of the rooms of the basement crypt has been converted into a charming little café, the rest of the vaults to a museum devoted to unrolling…

Extravagence prevails at NCH’s international series finalé

Pat O’Kelly   The last programme in the National Concert Hall’s 2018/19 International Series brought a welcome return to Earlsfort Terrace of the London Symphony Orchestra. Under the direction of its Milan-born principal guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda, the concert was almost extravagant in its soloists – French violist Antoine Tamestit, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov and…

Recent books in brief

The Cultural Reception of the Bible: Explorations in Theology, Literature and the Arts by Salvador Ryan & Liam M. Tracey OSM (Open Air / Four Courts Press, €50.00) With essays by over 30 contributors from Prof. Thomas O’Loughlin to the poet John F. Deane, this compendium covers a very wide range of topics and eras. “The…

An unquiet American

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the end of the American century by George Packer (Jonathan Cape, £25/€30) Felix
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 Larkin   Richard C. Holbrooke, the subject of this biography, was a bombastic, egotistical, but immensely talented US diplomat who served at senior levels in the administrations of three Democratic presidents – Carter, Clinton and Obama. He…