Archive | Irish politics

Review of Maher and O’Brien’s ‘Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism’

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Beyond the Abuse Scandals? Review of Maher and O’Brien’s ‘Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyne and Beyond.’

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 […]

ACI Blog Discussion on Post-Catholic Ireland: ‘the need to converse on matters of church and faith remains strong’

It was encouraging to see the website of the Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) feature my interview with Sean Moncrieff about my book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, which generated some discussion in the comments section of their website. Even though I am an academic and therefore must write for an academic audience, I always hope that […]

My New Book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, on Newstalk with Sean Moncrieff

Yesterday I was interviewed on Newstalk FM about my latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity. You can listen to the full interview (about 12 minutes) below, where host Sean Moncrieff asks some wide-ranging questions. I explain what I mean by post-Catholic, characterising it as a shift in consciousness in which the […]

Bertie Ahern: Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland – New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog about Bertie Ahern’s ‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland.’ It is based on Ahern’s closing lecture in the Spring Festival of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s yesterday evening.

Hunger Striking as Political Resistance: Then & Now – New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘Hunger Striking as Political Resistance: Then & Now.’ It reviews a panel discussion on hunger striking at Queen’s Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice’s Spring Festival of Events, which featured republican hunger strikers and ex-prisoners Tommy McKearney and Laurence McKeown.

Bertie Ahern and Arlene Foster Headline Institute’s Spring Festival – Starting Tomorrow

Bertie Ahern and Arlene Foster are among the highlights at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice’s Spring Festival of Events at Queen’s. Former Taoiseach Ahern speaks on ‘Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland’ on Tuesday 31 May, 5-7 pm; while First Minister Foster delivers the Harri Holkeri Lecture on […]

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland – Author Meets Critics Session

My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity (Oxford 2016) was launched Tuesday at the Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE), Trinity College Dublin, with an ‘author meets critics’ session.     Brian Conway (NUI Maynooth), Siobhán Garrigan (Loyola Institute, TCD), and Patrick Mitchel (Belfast Bible College) formed the panel. The book was […]

Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Video of My Talk at Rubicon

Back in November, I spoke at the Rubicon conference about my latest book — due out next week — Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland.  The research that I conducted for my book speaks directly to how Ireland’s historically Catholic culture has changed and is changing. In particular, it explores how people who are on the margins of the […]