Welcome to Studies

Welcome to this website of Studies, the Irish Jesuit quarterly which has been appearing without a break since it was originally launched in 1912. Throughout more than a hundred years – a rare achievement among periodicals – Studies has sought to examine a wide range of Irish issues, social, political, cultural and economic, in the light of Christian values and to explore the Irish dimension in history, literature, philosophy and religion.

Contributors, national and international, come from a variety of backgrounds but the focus of commentary and reflection is the dialogue of faith and culture in Ireland today. Among those who have written for Studies over the years are Patrick Pearse, Denis Gwynn, Seán Lemass, Francis Shaw SJ, George Russell, John Maynard Keynes, Daniel Binchy, Michael Tierney, Patrick Lynch, Donal Barrington, Sean O’Faoláin, Garret Fitzgerald, Tom Garvin, Bryan Fanning, Finola Kennedy, Peter Sutherland, John Bruton, Micheál Martin, Michael Paul Gallagher SJ, Martin Mansergh, Ruairi Quinn, Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, Declan Kiberd, Emily O’Reilly, Iseult Honohan, David Alton, Austen Ivereigh, John O’Malley SJ, Frank Brennan SJ, Antonio Spadaro SJ and Ronan Fanning.

Topics addressed in recent issues include Religious Freedom in the 21st Century, Seamus Heaney Remembered, The Pity of War 1914-1918, The Arts and Jesuit Influence in the Era of Catholic Reform, 1916: Birth Pangs of a Nation?, Freedom of Speech: How Far Can You Go?, and Europe in Crisis.

In this Summer issue of Studies, Ray Kinsella, a former professor of banking and finance, looks at the impact of the global banking crisis. David Walsh writes a subtle meditation on ‘the intellectual significance of the Easter Rising’. Bill Toner SJ reflects on Dawkins in his essay in this Studies Summer issue. Megan Loumagne, a doctoral student in Oxford University, examines the roots and phenomenology of fundamentalism, in particular its concept of sin. Michael McGinley discusses the Dublin friendships of the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Patrick Samway SJ examines Hopkin’s relationship, as a Catholic convert, to the English Catholic poets of his time, in particular Aubrey de Vere. Declan O’Keeffe, traces the pre-history and origins of Studies in his essay ‘Why Studies Did Not Fail’, and Dr Sean Brophy reflects on ‘the decade of conflict’. 
Founded in 1912, Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review examines Irish social, political, cultural and economic issues in the light of Christian values and explores the Irish dimension in literature, history, philosophy and religion.

On this website you will find further information about past issues and how to subscribe to the journal. There is also information for prospective contributors. Contact can be made with us through the website address. We warmly welcome your comments and your continuing interest in Studies.

An Irish Century. Studies 1912-2012, edited by Bryan Fanning, containing some of the most important contributions to the journal over its hundred years, was published in 2012 by UCD Press, and continues to be available through the website www.ucdpress.ie