Welcome to Studies

Studies is a quarterly journal published by Messenger Publications, the publishing organisation of the Irish Jesuits.  Founded and in continuous publication since 1912, it 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.

The lauding of a nation’s unique cultural perspective brings with it two corollaries: the potential for this focus to slide into a defensive nationalism, or worse; and the tendency to brush aside or ignore the influence that the artistic expressions of other cultures can have on that nation. Cross-fertilisation with wider cultural and historical traditions can energise and transform a national creativity so that artistic output is re-imagined in a culturally distinctive way. This is, in part, the task that the autumn 2023 issue of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review sets itself.