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Brian Flannery

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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 Persistent Interest in the Other: Gerry McDonnell’s Writings on Irish Jews

    Shai Afsai

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    For the past five years, sponsored by an annual grant awarded to my Providence synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, I have interviewed and photographed members of Jewish communities in different parts of the world, afterward sharing my experiences in Rhode Island and with readers elsewhere.

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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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  • A Reflection on the Crises in Afghanistan following the Fall of Kabul

    Patrick Comerford

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    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.

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  • Abbé Edgeworth de Firmont- Confessor to the King

    John Hedigan

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    On the 21 January 1793, as he faced the guillotine, Louis XVI, King of France, was attended by an Irish-born priest, Henry Edgeworth, known in France as Abbé Edgeworth de Firmont. Writing of the grim events of that day, René de Chateaubriand wrote bitterly, ‘a foreigner sustained the Monarch at his last hour – it seemed as if there were not a single Frenchman left who was loyal to his sovereign’. There was, however, somewhat more to the story than that.

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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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  • Alfred Elmore’s Religious Controversy and the Fr Thomas Maguire Debates

    Caoimhín de Bhairís

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    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.

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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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  • An Irish Dante, Part 1- Possible Precursors to the Commedia

    Daragh O’Connell

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    2021 marked the septicentennial celebrations of Dante’s death in Ravenna. Despite the restrictions brought about by the global pandemic, scholars and creative practitioners around the world ensured that the anniversary did not pass unnoticed, with online and in-person conferences, seminars, readings, performances, adaptations, translations and dialogues taking place on a daily basis.

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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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