Mark Dooley


Welcome to my website!

Here, you will find details of my Career and Life, Books, and Media & Public Appearances. I also make available a collection of my journalistic writings. Just below, you will find a new Moral Matters Column (uploaded each Friday) and a selection of my Saturday Essays from the Irish Daily Mail.  At the bottom of this page, I have selected a quote from my writings in the hope that it will help you kick off your day on a contemplative, thought-provoking, but always life-affirming note.

Moral Matters


August 24, 2016

Our greatest superpower is forgiveness

My sons have spent the last week of their summer holidays dressing up as superheroes. Having recently watched the film Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, they are giving us the full treatment at home. In fact, only a moment ago, I very nearly tripped over Superman’s silk cape. ‘I want to be a superhero when I grow up,’ says our youngest. It is difficult to dash his hopes, especially when you see how convincing he is at leaping through the air. However, it is a parent’s sad duty to do just that…Read more

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August 6, 2016

Maynooth Seminary Crisis

IN 2010, I was invited by this newspaper to write a piece on how the Irish Catholic Church could rebuild following the clerical sex abuse crisis. I had, since 2006, been lecturing in the Philosophy Department at NUI Maynooth (NUIM). among my students were seminarians from St Patrick’s College – the National Seminary – which shares a campus with NUIM…Read more

We miss so much of life on our wheels. We race here and there oblivious to the beauty in the daily detail. But once you step inside those runners, the world never fails to offer up its secrets – even those you sometimes wish it had kept to itself. ~Mark DooleySource: Moral Matters, 26.9.2012