‘Give Us Back the Bad Roads’ reviewed in the New English Review

An extract from Kenneth Francis’ review of Give Us Back the Bad Roads by John Waters. The title of Give Us Back the Bad Roads is reminiscent of a quote by C.S. Lewis: “Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get […]

‘Beautiful Thoughts for Beautiful Minds’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

A tonic for restless minds, perfect for the bedside Peter Costello For a long time I have valued collections of poems, short stories and essays as the best kind of bedside books. They provide just enough to allow the old brain to run down and come to rest, and to allow me to drift away […]

‘The Liberties’ reviewed in The Times

It is regarded as the heart of Dublin, home to Imelda May, Christ Church and Guinness, and now a new book has described the Liberties as the most historically significant neighbourhood in the city (Jennifer O’Brien writes). Maurice Curtis has delved into events such as the building of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Powers Distillery and Jacob’s […]

‘The Liberties’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

Peter Costello Some years ago author Maurice Curtis brought out a history of the Liberties, that district of Dublin to the south west that once lay outside the city walls, and where over time there developed a very lively community. This new book, The Liberties, takes a different tack. It is an album of photographs of […]

‘Love Life’ reviewed in The Furrow

Bairbre De Burca While this is a book about ageing, it is an optimistic, deep, and very practical book which encourages the reader to engage with each stage of one’s unique life journey in order to live fully and fruitfully. It is an update of the highly acclaimed Falling in Love with Life, which was originally […]

‘How We Killed God’ reviewed in Africa Magazine

David Quinn’s How We Killed God reviewed by Frank Conlisk. If you happen to be in the mood for a topical, engaging read to be followed perhaps by a good, lively discussion then David Quinn’s How We Killed God… and other tales of modern Ireland might be just the book for you. It consists of a collection […]

‘Achill: The Island’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

Peter Costello John F. Deane is that rarity, a modern Irish poet deeply inspired in his poetry by what he calls in his introduction “the wonders of the Christian faith”. He himself was born on Achill Island in 1943, and his childhood was imbued by the lives of the people, the nature of the land, […]

‘Achill: The Island’ reviewed in Mayo News

Ciara Moynihan The dramatic land and seascapes of Achill have long inspired writers and artists of international renown, from Paul Henry to Camille Souter. The island’s ever-changing light, its evocative deserted village, its fast-moving weather, its proud history of struggle and survival, its lore and its lyricism continue to attract those of a creative bent. […]

‘Dark Ireland’ reviewed in The Irish Examiner

Dan Buckley In his poem Dark Ireland, Patrick Kavanagh speaks about the Irish as a “dark people, our eyes ever turned inward”. Saying the rosary in Co Waterford, 1991. All of the images have been taken from Richard Fitzgerald’s book Dark Ireland: Images of a Lost World. It was those words of the famous Irish […]

‘The Kilderry Files’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

J. Anthony Gaughan This novel is set in the pre-and post-Vatican II period. An elderly Irish bishop dies and his successor discovers in his papers US stocks and shares worth millions of dollars. Wishing to dispose of these without questions being asked as to their source, the bishop requests his vicar-general to help him to […]

‘Joyce County’ reviewed in The Irish Times

Terence Killeen This is a very affecting, admirably thorough account of the connections between James Joyce, the Joyce family and Galway. The most obvious and famous one is that Joyce’s wife, Nora Barnacle, came from Galway city, but there are many others: the very prominent place of the city and county in Joyce’s work, his […]

‘A Portrait of Connemara’ reviewed in the North County Leader

A Portrait of Connemara is the first publication of the professional photographer Mark Joyce, a native of Connemara. The book which is both professional and personal, can only be called a photographic diary of the life that he has spent there. Being a visitor to Ireland, I could not help but notice that Irish people […]


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