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.
September 28, 2016
From pure evil bloomed the poetry of love
Today, I want to share the inspiring story of Agnes Flanagan. Agnes’s grandniece Kay Reynolds wrote to me with information about her life. If I write about it today, it is because we ought never to lose sight of those who suffered so that we might live in peace. Agnes was born in Birr, Co. offaly, in 1909. In time, she became a nun and travelled to live in either France or Belgium. Towards the end of World War II, she ended up in the Ravensbrück concentration camp in northern Germany…Read More
We are delighted to say that the inaugural edition of the Edmund Burke International Summer School was a tremendous success! See photos and testimonials on EBISS tab. Book soon for EBISS 2017!
This is what it was about: DAILY PROGRAMME HERE!
We wish to thank the Director and all the staff of the wonderful ****Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar for their EXCEPTIONALLY WARM AND GENEROUS WELCOME and look forward to seeing you in June 2017!
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