2021: Volume 110
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‘Nobody Will Ever Remember It’: An Oral History of the Contribution of the Teaching Religious in Ireland (1)
This article seeks to review the contribution of teaching religious (sisters, priests and brothers) to schooling in Ireland between the 1940s and late 1970s, and principally employs the oral testimony of those who were taught by, and later taught with or as, members of religious congregations.
A Reflection on the Crises in Afghanistan following the Fall of Kabul
The fall of Kabul in recent months and the completion of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August have created a multiplicity of crises and have had repercussions in many areas of life in Ireland.
Alfred Elmore’s Religious Controversy and the Fr Thomas Maguire Debates
Caoimhín de Bhairís
Religious Controversy in the Time of Louis XIV (location now unknown) was painted by the Clonakilty born artist Alfred Elmore and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1849.1 Alfred Elmore was also a shareholder in Daniel O’Connell’s National Bank from as early as 1836 and his father was a close associate of O’Connell and an ardent supporter of Catholic Emancipation.2 In 1840 Elmore exhibited a painting at the Royal Academy exhibition in London that was commissioned by O’Connell and which would eventually be hung in St Andrew’s church, Westland Row, in Dublin, where it remains to this day.
Anna Burns’ Milkman
There are, to misquote Oscar Wilde, two ways of disliking Anna Burns’ novel Milkman (2018). The first is to dislike it, the second is to praise it loudly for its bold experimentalism. Point one may be briskly disposed of with the banality that there is no accounting for taste. Point two requires a little more elucidation.
Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia and the Dying with Dignity Bill 2020
Dáil Éireann is currently debating the Dying with Dignity Bill 20202. Everyone would like to die with dignity. Debating this would therefore appear to be an uncontroversial thing to do. But the bill is of particular concern, because it proposes radical legislative, medical and social change in Ireland by making provision for assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Careful Thought Needed on Border Polls
The history of Northern Ireland since 1920 demonstrates the danger of attempting to impose, by a simple majority, a constitutional settlement and an identity on a minority, who feel they have been overruled. Those pressing for an early border poll on Irish unity, which would have to take place in both parts of Ireland, should reflect on this. Such a poll could repeat the error of 1920 and add to divisions, rather than diminish them.
Catholicism in Modern Ireland – Ellen Coyne’s Are You There, God? It’s Me, Ellen
Few phrases from the Second Vatican Council fall more readily from the lips of those familiar with it than ‘signs of the times’. Christmas 1961 saw its first use in a conciliar context, when in his message convening the Council the following year, Pope St John XXIII reminded people that Christ has not left the world he redeemed, and recommended ‘that one should know how to distinguish the signs of the times’.1
COVID-19 Lockdowns and the Right to Education in Ireland
Alan Brady and James Rooney
In January 2021, the Minister for Education ordered all schools – including special schools – closed, in response to the third, and, so far, most extreme, wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19: Law and Human Rights: Foreword
Conor Casey and Oran Doyle
In June 2020, the Law School at Trinity College Dublin established the COVID-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory to explain, analyse and critique Ireland’s legal response to COVID-19.
We are honoured to have been asked to contribute to this volume of Studies, highlighting some of the principal themes that have animated our work over the past twenty months.