Catholic is not Irish is not catholic.

In Ireland we are not particularly good at distinguishing the massed public from a Massed public. Because we didn’t ‘get’ the Enlightenment like Scotland, England or France, social scientific accounts of a political imaginary called Irish society conceive of Ireland as a plurality of homogeneous communities. Consequently, the Irish state tends to be characterised as epiphenomenal, a reflection of a multitude of localisms. … More Catholic is not Irish is not catholic.

The clapping, always with the clapping.

Is it coy of me or just naive to question the conditions under which a discussion of gay marriage takes place on a topical TV show? Last night as I settled on the couch with a beer (brought by a friend staying the night), I switched over to Channel 4’s 10 O’Clock Live. … More The clapping, always with the clapping.

Unlikely Disciple

Kevin enrolls for a semester at Liberty University in Lynchburg Tennessee from Brown, a place he describes as a regular secular, college. You know: students take philosophy that includes Kant and Sartre, the jocks get to play some ball and everyone gets drunk on the sly. … More Unlikely Disciple

3. work if you can 4. dream. 5. act

It seems to me now that Ireland’s complacent, property-obsessed middle classes (yes, that’s me) are in a similar position. We think that making the banks work ‘properly’ again is the objective of these ‘adjustments’. It is not for this objective that the hospital wards are closing this year. This is little short of the Irish economy being turned inside out for shareholder value. … More 3. work if you can 4. dream. 5. act

Slight return: left politics and being Catholic

This is a slight return to a post from last week but looking again at Fergus O’Donoghue’s decent Studies blog a little more in the last few days, there’s something that stands out: conviction is more respected than populism. On his own blog, Fergus takes Pat Rabbitte to task about his supposed anti-Catholic stance. In … More Slight return: left politics and being Catholic