Archive | Irish politics

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, Dublin. At 10.30 am, there is a keynote address by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on […]

‘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 Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland in his chapter in the recent book, A Dialogue of Hope: Critical […]

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 the book at Queen’s University called, ‘Hope in Turbulent Times,’ the aim of which was to promote ‘constructive […]

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 and religious believers, in order to imagine an alternative narrative for our day.’ The workshop […]

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.