Surveying the Papal Visit to Ireland: A Francis Effect? Survey results published today

The results of my survey on Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland have been published today on the Queen’s University policy engagement website.

Research suggests pope did not do enough to address abuse in Ireland – Queen’s University Belfast

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The Politics of Conflict and Transformation: Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective, a conference celebrating the work of Prof Jennifer Todd – 23 Nov, Register Now

I’m excited to be part of a one-day event, “The Politics of Conflict and Transformation: Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective, a conference celebrating the work of Prof Jennifer Todd,” on Friday 23 November, 9.00 am- 7.00 pm at the Royal … Read more...

Pope Francis Can’t Redeem Irish Catholicism: Article in Foreign Policy

I have an article in the American magazine ‘Foreign Policy’ about the Pope’s visit to Ireland: Pope Francis Can’t Redeem Irish Catholicism. Read more...

Voices Pope Francis will not Hear – 20 August at TCD

The Trinity College Dublin School of Religion will host the Wijngaards Institute for a panel discussion on the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland, VOICES POPE FRANCIS WILL NOT HEAR, on Monday 20 August in the Trinity School of … Read more...

The End of Catholic Ireland? Festival of Social Sciences Discussion 6 Nov

I will be speaking at an event at the ESRC Festival of Social Science, ‘The End of Catholic Ireland?’ on Tues 6 Nov at the Dark Horse in Belfast. The event is organised by the Slugger O’Toole blog. Historian Margaret … Read more...

Pope Francis’ Visit and a Loss of Faith in the Church: Comments in National Catholic Reporter

The National Catholic Reporter, an American publication, has a lengthy profile on Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Ireland: ‘Irish Sex Abuse Survivors say Francis should admit to Vatican’s Cover-up.’ 

Prominent survivors Marie Collins and Mark Vincent Healy are calling on … Read more...

Constitutional Pasts and Futures 20 Years after the Good Friday Agreement: 8 May in Dublin

I will be taking part in a one-day conference on ‘Constitutional Pasts and Futures: Northern Ireland and the British Irish Relationship Twenty Years after the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement’ on Tuesday 8 May at the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, … Read more...

‘A treasure trove of inspirational stories’ – Religion’s contribution to public debate?

My latest book, Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland, is an academic publication. But I always write with the hope that my research can have some sort of value in the ‘real world.’

So I am delighted that Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ cites Read more...

Response to ‘The Signs of Our Times’ in A Dialogue of Hope: Christianity Meets Civic Republicanism?

On Friday I had the opportunity to respond to the opening chapter in a new book edited by Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, A Dialogue of Hope: Critical Thinking for Critical Times (Messenger Publications, 2017). There was a discussion workshop about Read more...

Dialogue between the Religious and the Secular: ‘Hope in Turbulent Times’ Workshop, 23 March in Queen’s

I’ll be participating in a workshop on ‘Hope in Turbulent Times’ on Friday 23 March, 11 am- 5 pm, in the Old Staff Common Room at Queen’s University Belfast. The workshop hopes to promote ‘constructive engagement and dialogue between secularists … Read more...

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.’Read more...