Last Friday night one of my favourite TV comedy series sadly came to an end. Parks and Recreation (RTÉ 2) had finally bowed out after seven seasons. I always found it funny, skilfully combining both wacky and subtle elements. The format was reminiscent of the American version of The Office and in fact the two shows shared some of the creative...

John Piper is, I suspect, a name unfamiliar to many readers, but he is certainly among the finest artists of the 20th Century in these islands, and moreover one of the few artists of his time remarkable for his religious art.This book combines aspects of a full length biography with a catalogue of the very varied aspects of his work over a long...

J. Anthony GaughanThis biographical dictionary features short profiles of almost 1,000 deceased members of the clergy and religious congregations from the 24 parishes in West Limerick.  The author, historian Brother John Feheney,  is himself a native of Ballysteen. Associated with more than 50 dioceses at home and abroad, most of...

John Wyse JacksonThe writer Molly Keane was born in 1904 in Co. Kildare, a daughter of Moira O’Neill, the poet of the Glens of Antrim.  She grew up in a horsey, Protestant family near Ferns, Co. Wexford, in an 18th-Century house that was burned in 1921 by local Republicans.  (Though he was an Englishman, that night her father,...

The present controversy over state prosecutions for blasphemy has raised once again unresolved issues concerning our libel laws, issues which really need to be settled once and for all.On the matter of blasphemy, the law has nothing to do with the Christian Churches, but is rather an attempt to mollify Muslim opinion. The approach comes under an...

Johnny Depp has just come through a messy divorce. In addition he’s suing his management team for fraud so he could probably do with the ridiculous amounts of money they tend to offer him for twaddle like this. He’s also embroiled in a so-called ‘scandal’ about allegedly having had his dialogue fed to him through an...

That Arfur bloke wasn’t a bad old geezer, wuz he? No, mate. Okay, so it done his head in trying to get the hang of – whaddya call it, Excalleybur? – but the job was Oxo in the end, innit?There’s a joke told about John Wayne when he played the soldier at the foot of the cross in The Greatest Story Ever Told. After Christ...

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