Category: Reviews

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,…

Sean Walsh was formerly head of drama on radio at RTÉ. He has written a set of three plays about the events of Good Friday which adopts the unusual device of keeping Jesus off stage, and focusing on the ordinary people of the day, Roman officials, prisoners, the condemned. It is always difficult to see…

‘Were You at the Rock’: the History of Mass Rocks in Ireland by Tony Nugent (The Liffey Press, €10.95) The Mass Rocks of Killybegs: Ten Pilgrimages to Sacred Places in Killybegs Summer 2013 by the Killybegs Mass Rocks Committee (Killybegs Parish Office, €15.00 + p&p;  tel.:  00353 (0)74 9731013) It is by one of those…

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.…

J. Anthony Gaughan His Cork-based publisher describes Richard McElligott as “a Kerry partisan”.  That, however, does not prevent the author from providing a splendid account of the GAA in his native county. The earliest chapters are the most important. They describe consistent progress, but there was considerable chaos and confusion. Clubs were established, but some soon…

The hugely successful One of Us online campaign is to continue defending the right to life. The popular initiative to protect human embryos that gathered over 2 million signatures will now become a network. ëOne of Usí was one of the first registered European citizensí initiatives (ECI) in the European Union, and according to the initiativeís…