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  • An Irish Dante, Part II- A Dantean Afterlife

    Daragh O’Connell

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    In Part I of this essay on an ‘Irish Dante’, I noted that Ireland’s unique relationship with the Florentine poet begins with the possibility that medieval Irish vision literature may have influenced the Commedia profoundly. Literary representations of the afterlife, especially in the narratives of the knights Owein and Tnugdalus and in the voyage narrative of St Brendan, find echoes in Dante’s work. In Part II, I want to examine instances from modern Irish literature in which the stream of influence flows in the other direction. Just as Dante himself drew on earlier medieval vision narratives in order to bring forth a monumental and original composition, so too we find a translational and creative engagement with Dante’s legacy in the leading literary figures of twentieth-century Ireland.

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  • Anna Burns’ Milkman

    Daragh Downes

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    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.

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  • Another Beginning?

    Brendan Hoban

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    The thrust of this article is three-fold. One, ongoing change is now a permanent reality for the Catholic Church. A first step is to accept this reality. Two, dealing with change means ‘living in the grey’, that’s accepting and embracing difficult questions that have no ready-made ‘black and white’ answers.

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  • Anthropology and the Possibility of Hope

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    Dermot A Lane

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  • Are You Serious? Facing the Challenges

    Bobby McDonagh

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    Like many others who attended Gonzaga College, one of my great privileges was to know and to be taught by Fr Joe Veale SJ.

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  • Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia and the Dying with Dignity Bill 2020

    Noreen O’Carroll

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    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.

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  • Autumn 2020: Transformations

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  • Bank Annual Reports: The Place of Sin, Relationships and Social Metrics

    Ray Kinsella

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    Bank Annual Reports: The Place of Sin, Relationships and Social Metrics

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  • Behold a Pale Horse- Horrors and Heritages of Famine

    Cormac Ó Gráda

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    In late January 1849, a woman in her sixties was bludgeoned to death in her own home in Rooskagh, not far from Athlone in the Irish midlands. Margaret Kelly, née Doran, was by all accounts an unpleasant woman.

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  • Brexit and Europe: a Political and Spiritual Challenge

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    Sébastien Maillard

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  • Brian Lenihan (1959-2011): A Note

    Finola Kennedy

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    It is just over ten years since the then Irish Minister of Finance, Brian Lenihan Jnr, died on 10 June 2011, at the early age of fifty-two. He belonged to a gifted, politically engaged family.

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  • Building the Archive of Stigmatic Women Religious

    Kristof Smeyers

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    Kristof Smeyers

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