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Fr Martin Magill on Féile an Phobail: Can’t Miss Events

Some readers of this blog may already be aware that two of the founders of the Four Corners Festival, Fr Martin Magill and Rev Steve Stockman, have begun a bi-weekly column in the Thursday edition of the Irish News. The column will highlight ideas and events that resonate with the outlook and spirituality of the […]

The Future of Irish Catholicism: Special Issue of Studies

The Spring 2017 edition of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, is a special issue on ‘The Future of Irish Catholicism.’ My article on ‘Ireland as a Post-Catholic Religious Market?’ is one among eight contributions that reflect on the current religious landscape and, in particular, the challenges facing Irish Catholicism. You can purchase the edition for […]

The Launch of a book about Alec Reid, Hopes for a book about Gerry Reynolds

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, reporting on former Irish president Mary McAleese’s launch of ‘One Man, One God: The Peace Ministry of Fr Alec Reid CSsR.’ The book was written by Fr Martin McKeever, a fellow Redemptorist. Reid (1931-2013) played a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process. He […]

Ministering in the Troubles Panel Discussion – 18 May in Fitzroy, Belfast

The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland has organised a special event on ‘Ministering in the Troubles’ on Thursday 18 May at 8 pm in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, University Street, Belfast. It will feature a panel discussion and question time with ministers Dr John Dunlop, Dr Ken Newell, Dr Godfrey Brown, Dr Lesley Carroll, and author […]

Free Lunch & Discussion on ‘Radicalisation and Freedom of Religion on Campus and in the Community,’ 26 April at Queen’s

In March 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that employers could ban staff from wearing religious and political symbols. This ruling highlights how fears of religious radicalisation and threats to religious freedom are common across Europe. The ruling also raises questions about discrimination against Muslim women in particular. The Senator George […]

How did Presbyterians Respond to the Troubles? Apply for a 6-Month Post-Doc Post with the Presbyterian Church (based at Queen’s) and me

I am really excited to be the principal researcher on a new project, ‘Reconciliation through Dealing with the Past: Learning from Presbyterian Responses to the Troubles.’ We are now advertising for a post-doctoral research fellow to assist with interviewing around 100 Presbyterians, who will tell their stories about their experiences of the Troubles. Interviews will […]

Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? Keynote at ICC’s AGM

I was the keynote speaker at today’s Annual General Meeting of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC) at Belfast Central Mission. My address was titled, ‘Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? The Sociological Reasons for Hope.’ I have reproduced the introduction to my address below. You can read the full text here: ICC […]

‘To have that Image in your mind is Powerful and Transformative’ – Discussion on Faith in Northern Ireland on All Things Considered, BBC Radio Wales

  I was part of a discussion on ‘Faith in Northern Ireland’ on Sunday’s BBC Radio Wales religious affairs programme, All Things Considered, hosted by Roy Jenkins. The other panellists were Rev Brian Anderson, a Methodist minister and Vice President of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC), and Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela […]