It has been a considerable period of time since posting here but so much has happened with both the process and actual writing of this thesis that I have been concentrating my efforts on that. There’s a lot more work on my plate at IBC too lately and that’s fine. I want to introduce this … More The Marian statues of Dublin – repost from CHTM
You may have noticed that I’ve been tweeting in the last week about the first results from the Republic’s census. For policy and research twonks like me, the release dates of census data in Ireland are good days. They’re good days because we all get to see the results of a counting process across a … More Armies for No Religion
3.86m people (84.2%) of people living in Ireland defined themselves as Roman Catholic in April 2011, a decrease on the 87% who did so in 2006. Due to general population increase, however, just under 180,000 more people define themselves as Catholic than in 2006.
The next largest religious grouping is the Church of Ireland/Anglican Communion with 129,039 people (2.8%). … More Census 2011
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.
The Church’s place in Irish political and civil life has changed profoundly. However, the dynamics of this change are not what we might expect were we to apply orthodox liberal notions of the confinement of religious belief to the private sphere. … More From CIISN paper – Jose Casanova and deprivatized public religion