‘A Farewell to Poetry’ reviewed in Books Ireland

A Farewell to Poetry by Gabriel Fitzmaurice reviewed by Fred Johnston in Books Ireland.  Irish bards and musicians had a habit of composing ‘farewells’. Turlough Carolan gave us ‘Farewell to Music’; Michael Hartnett ‘A Farewell to English’ in 1975. The ‘farewell’ motif seems almost always to be a farewell to a certain period or act of culture, […]

‘A Farewell to Poetry’ reviewed in The Irish Catholic

A Farewell to Poetry: selected Poems and Translations by Gabriel Fitzmaurice (Currach Press, €19.99) reviewed by Seamus Cashman. The title of this collection invites echoes of its author’s friend and fellow poet Michael Hartnett’s Farewell to English — and who knows, perhaps Gabriel’s mind is quietly nurturing a similar outcome?  Though it is a challenging […]

‘A Farewell to Poetry’ reviewed in The Irish Times

A Farewell to Poetry, reviewed by Martina Evans in the Irish Times. From his home in Moyvane, Co Kerry, Gabriel Fitzmaurice has been charting a vanishing rural world from its centre all his life. Although we hope otherwise, Fitzmaurice declares A Farewell to Poetry: Selected Poems and Translations (Currach Books, €19,99) is his “final book. […]

‘Mythical Irish Beasts’ reviewed in the Irish Central

Mythical Irish Beasts reviewed by Cahir O’Doherty. Mark Joyce’s superbly illustrated new book Mythical Irish Beasts is a wild ride through Irish mythology. Once in a while, a new Irish book comes along that just stops you in your tracks. This month Mark Joyce’s superbly illustrated new book Mythical Irish Beasts is that book. It’s a […]

‘The Liberties’ reviewed in Books Ireland Magazine

Mary Burnham This book is a treasure trove of pictures and stories of a place quite unlike any other-with its history that dates back to the Middle Ages; architectural gems such as the Hugenuenot houses, known as Dutch Billies; and the people, including Wolfe Tone, who convened a meeting in the Liberties to discuss petitioning […]

‘Achill: The Island’ reviewed in The Furrow

An extract from Michael A. Conway’s review of Achill: The Island in The Furrow.  There is an intimate connection between poetry and origins. Poetry has the capacity, for instance, to put language into a state of alert, where something unknown, unthought-of, or original might erupt in consciousness. The same can be said of painting, where it is the […]

‘Beautiful Thoughts for Beautiful Minds’ reviewed in Southside People

We live in troubled times. Watching the news on television or reading the newspapers is often a depressing experience. Stories of hope and joy are often elusive. Beautiful Thoughts for Beautiful Minds, by John Scally, is an uplifting collection of pieces that are sure to leave a positive impact in the minds of readers. In […]

‘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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