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  • ‘I Feel Bould at All Times’: Irishness in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s St Patrick’s Day and Pizarro

    David Clare

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    Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s most perceptive biographers have observed that, although Sheridan left his native Ireland shortly before his eighth birthday, never to return, he remained conscious and proud of his Irishness ‘to a degree that [was] … utterly baffling even to some of those closest to him’ for the rest of his life.

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  • ‘Ireland is the True Subject for the Irish’: Yeats’s Early Nationalist Overstatement

    Dylan Thursfield

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    Yeats’ declaration that ‘Ireland is the true subject for the Irish’ is extremely bold, limiting ‘Irish’ literature to an almost singular concern. But what does Yeats mean by this alarming statement? – and does it stand up to scrutiny?

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  • ‘New’ Ireland and Pope Francis

    Andrew McMahon

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    ‘While Pope Francis expressed contrition for the crimes committed by the

    clergy, the consensus is that he did not go far enough in terms of outlining the

    steps he intends to take to ensure that abuse is eradicated from the church’.

    These words were central to an editorial which appeared in the Irish edition

    of The Sunday Times on Sunday, 2 September.

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  • ‘The English Language Belongs to Us?’

    Brian Cosgrove

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    It was hardly headline-grabbing news, but some of us found a certain interest in the report, late in 2019, that the society or group dedicated to preserving the apostrophe had decided to abandon their efforts.

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  • 1916: The Honour and the Folly

    Edmond Grace SJ

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    In Ken Burns’s recent documentary series The Vietnam War, one of the interviewees, John Musgrave, describes the first time he saw the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.

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  • A Changed Approach to Diplomacy: The Department of Foreign Affairs Then and Now

    Gearóid Ó Clérigh

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    The Department of Foreign Affairs, headquartered in Dublin, has improved in recent decades beyond all telling, since – if not due to – my retirement on Christmas Eve, 1995.

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  • A Locus of Dialogue: the Catholic School in a Pluralist World

    Brian Flannery

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    It is generally accepted that the levels of Catholic patronage in Irish education are out of kilter with the profile of Ireland’s new demographic.

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  • A Pope on a Neoliberal Island

    Kevin Hargaden

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    It is a year since Pope Francis visited Ireland. Various explanations can be offered for the relatively small numbers who attended the official ceremonies, although it should be remembered that these events represented the largest public gatherings anywhere in the state last year.

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  • After European Civilisation

    Desmond Fennell

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    A common explanation of why the West is in turmoil has been the ‘populist’ risings against the ascendancy of ‘liberal political and cultural elites’. But the root cause of the disorder lies further back…

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  • After the Pope – the Catholic Church in Ireland

    Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

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    The role of the Catholic Church in Irish public and private life has changed considerably.

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  • After the Visit: Re-Learning Our Past

    Stephen Collins

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    There is a general consensus that the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland last summer failed to make any serious impact on the country.

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  • An Abrahamic Journey: Ireland, Faith and the Papal Visit

    Michael Kirwan SJ

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    A year after the visit of Pope Francis to the World Meeting of Families in August 2018, it would be stretching things to describe Ireland as ‘transformed’.

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