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  • The Significance of ‘Home’ in Séamus Heaney

    Romy Dawson

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    Home has always been more than mere domestic setting in Seamus Heaney’s work. The people, traditions, values, sounds, noises, and smells that emerged from his Ulster farmstead and surrounding landscape have been not only central to his identity as a Northern Irish poet, but absolutely integral to his creative well-spring.

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  • The State of Irish Democracy

    Stephen Collins

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    The State of Irish Democracy

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  • The Synodal Pathway of the Catholic Church: Progress and Challenges

    Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

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    It is a good time to take stock of where the Catholic Church is at in its daring ambition to reimagine itself globally along synodal lines. The first session of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality concluded last October (2023) and preparations are under way for the second and final session next October (2024).

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  • The World in 2021

    Kevin O’Rourke

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    With the dawning of 2021 some of us are experiencing an emotion that has become unfamiliar recently: optimism.

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  • The World in 2021: Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, Spring 2021

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  • Thinking about Ireland’s Future, Then and Now

    Philipp W. Rosemann

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    What would we like Ireland to look like in 2030? In what kind of society do we want to live, on both sides of the border? This seems like a simple question. 2030 is just seven years away, so surely politicians, intellectuals, journalists, and the general public are busy imagining our future. But this is not really happening. Initiatives like Project Ireland 2040, a national development plan for the Republic of Ireland, have in the past several years been overshadowed by emergencies that have demanded all our attention: climate change, Brexit, the Covid pandemic, and now the war in Ukraine. These emergencies have forced us to into a reactive, crisis-response mode. There is a sense that events are unfolding so fast that we can hardly keep up. This raises the question: Are we still shaping our future or are we merely adapting, breathlessly, to the rapid changes that characterize life in the twenty-first century?

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  • Three Parables from Luke- The Vision of Peter Steele SJ

    Gerald O’Collins

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    Three parables from St Luke’s Gospel provide themes for sonnets composed by Australian Jesuit, the late Peter Steele (1939–2012) and are quoted here with permission: ‘Man on Donkey’ (Lk 10:25–37), ‘Prodigal’ (15:11–32), and ‘Lazarus at the Gate’ (16:19–31). In none of the three cases does the poet attempt to translate into verse the entire parable. His sonnets regularly take up only sections of the parables.

    Beaten, still breathing, as awkward as a dog,
    He swags across the donkey, unaware
    Of who’s beside them, footsore in the slog
    Uphill for shelter and a kind of care.

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  • Trinity College Chapel Choir: Profiling Chorister Perceptions

    Kerry Houston and Marita Kerin

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    The Trinity College Dublin Chapel Choir is an institution that dates from the seventeenth century. Until recently, however, very little information existed on the chapel choristers themselves. The current study, which is the first study of the chapel choristers to be published, is designed to fill this lacuna. It is composed of two parts, which will be shared across two issues of Studies. This first part covers the findings from an investigation into how current chapel choristers view the musical, spiritual, and social aspects of their experience, revealing new cultural perspectives of affiliation, achievement and agency. But first a historical overview of the Chapel Choir at Trinity College.

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  • Tudor Brexit: Catholics and Europe in the British and Irish Reformations

    Peter Marshall

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    Tudor Brexit: Catholics and Europe in the British and Irish Reformations

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  • Tudor Brexit: from Ecclesia Anglicana to Anglicanism

    Alec Ryrie

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    Tudor Brexit: from Ecclesia Anglicana to Anglicanism

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  • Under Which Flag? Reflections on Christian Unity and Identity

    William Swan

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    William Swan

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  • Une Mission Spéciale: Leopold Kerney’s Diplomatic Activities on Behalf of the Irish Republic in France, 1919–23

    Barry Whelan

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    On 21 January 1919 two significant events happened in Ireland that reverberated across the world: the War of Independence began and Irish deputies convened a meeting of Dáil Éireann (Irish parliament) to declare independence from the British Empire. Despite emerging exhausted from the Great War, Britain was in no mood to acquiesce in any diminution of its imperial power and would use all means necessary to defeat this independence effort.

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