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 substantial collection of my journalistic writings.  At the bottom of this page, I have selected a quote from these writings in the hope that it will help you kick off your day on a contemplative, thought-provoking, but always life-affirming note.  


 View Moral Matters: A Philosophy of Homecoming and all my works by hitting the ‘Book’s tab above

  • Here are details of my latest articles & some recent public appearances:

‘That this House would rather Believe’, Garret Fitzgerald Chamber, University College Dublin, 15.10.2019

‘The Poison of Negativity’, Spirit Radio, August 21, 2019 – 

Wed 21 Aug feat’ Clifford Sullivan, Dr Mark Dooley, Nigel Mackey and Alain Emerson

‘What Roger Scruton can teach his detractors’, The Spectator, 30.4.2019

La fin de la democratie?’ in Les Democratie dans l’adversite, Chantal Delsol & Giulio de Ligio eds. (Cerf, 2019), pp. 117-130.

‘Burke, Prophet of Peace’ in The European Conservative, Issue 15: Summer/Fall 2018, pp. 26-29 (

  • And here is a topical piece from my archive:

Moral Matters, Irish Daily Mail

October 26, 2016

Autumn is to be embraced… just like ageing

Matt is a senior member of the church choir. He is an octogenarian with a wonderful sense of humour. Each week, he tells me a joke which I feign to dislike. ‘Two cannibals were feasting on a comedian. One turns to the other and says, “this tastes a bit funny.”’ My eldest and I cover our faces in pretend disgust and Matt laughs out loud. He knows that humour possesses the power to burn away any cloud…Read More

Each day affords a new opportunity to look at things anew. Each day offers a fresh chance to die to those aspects of life that prevent us from seeing the true beauty of our world.~Mark DooleySource: Moral Matters, 10.6.2015