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.
October 19, 2016
A troubadour of truth, Dylan got us all right
He gave me my first glimpse inside the world of real culture. I was too young for classical music and, to me, the synthetic sound of pop was meaningless. Then, at the age of 15, I listened to Bob Dylan’s album Street Legal. It was one of those moments we call a ‘milestone’. As I listened to this ‘man of constant sorrows’, I heard pain, loneliness, joy and tenderness. For the first time in my life, I saw how words could reach into a person’s heart and offer them redemption…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