Catholic resources online Through its website, Societas Doctrinanae Christianae (SDC) offers online resources for spreading the Faith among young people.  Founded by St George Preca (1880-1962, pictured) SDC is a Catholic Society that works in the field of catechesis and the spreading of the Word of God in different ways.  The online arm...

The poetry we read in childhood leaves an indelible mark: so this anthology was for many a landmark in Irish education. It comes with a modish foreword by fashionable journalist Roisin Ingle, but aside from being what was once needed for the Intercert and Leaving, the poems in this book will have worked their way into the young developing...

Since the beginning of modern literature, writers from Simplicissimus to All Quite on the Western Front have lamented the appalling nature of war. Yet patriotism, ìthe old lieî, as a poet of World War I called it, is still invoked by politicians. But of course it is not they who do the dying. This American novel is the latest dispatch from the...

As a musician and personality Sir Elton John has always been over the top. But in his first book he comes down to earth and a more serious and concerned side emerges with great and moving clarity. He faced in his own private life the devastation that AIDS brought not just to the gay community, but many others too, such as African migrant workers...

In these early autumn weeks it has been back to school for all homes. Children of all ages have returned to maths, science and french (or perhaps chinese in this day and age), and to religious education.  As no philosophy is taught in Irish schools, religion classes are nearly the only place in which some wider issues of the meaning of life...

“What is Christian Spirituality How does it relate to non-Christian traditions Where does it arise from and where is it going ”  These are some of the key questions which this innovative new reference work addresses. Though aimed at students, many ordinary readers will find this a vastly enlightening book.  Leading scholars The...

We must all of us have wondered, reading some modish travel book or acclaimed memoir, at the feelings of those merely mentioned in passing who are adroitly but cruelly skewered by a polished prose stiletto before being consigned to oblivion. The books of Paul Theroux, Frank McCourt, or Peter McCarthy spring to mind. As often as not these wounded...

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