Margaret Cooke (1833-?): from Carbury in Kildare to Gladstone in Queensland, and Monte Cristo Station on Curtis Island; Women in the Church; Poems for an Irish Family; Flinders Moon by David Harris; Celebrating Irish Feminism; Book Review: Bathurst welcomes the Irish workhouse orphans; Whatever You Say …; Tribute to a Good Man; From the Papers; The economic impact of Brexit;

Margaret Cooke (1833-?): from Carbury in Kildare to Gladstone in Queensland, and Monte Cristo Station on Curtis Island

Dec 07, 2019 09:50 am
Stories about women who made an indelible impression on their children are often preserved in family folklore handed down the generations, but memory of Margaret Cooke doesn’t appear to have survived in this way... Continue reading

Women in the Church

Dec 07, 2019 09:47 am
Mary McAleese bemoaned  how 'women were deliberately made invisible and programmed to stay invisible' because of church structures that are 'designed to create and maintain the invisibility and powerlessness of women.' Continue reading

Poems for an Irish Family

Dec 07, 2019 09:42 am
A bush poet turns his mind to his Famine ancestors. Continue reading

Flinders Moon by David Harris

Dec 07, 2019 09:41 am
Flinders Ranges hilltop, full moon eve. Continue reading

Celebrating Irish Feminism

Dec 07, 2019 09:40 am
A fascinating history of how feminism and nationalism converged to challenge traditional gender binaries at some key points in modern Irish history Continue reading

Book Review: Bathurst welcomes the Irish workhouse orphans

Dec 07, 2019 09:38 am
Anyone who has dabbled in researching Famine Orphan girls will recognise the vast amount of work and skill involved in this collection of histories. Continue reading

Whatever You Say …

Dec 07, 2019 09:37 am
This outstanding book about the Northern Ireland Troubles takes its title from Seamus Heaney’s poem about the place where he grew up. Continue reading

Tribute to a Good Man

Dec 07, 2019 09:35 am
Fr Des was known by everyone where I grew up. He was held in awe, affection and with a small dose of apprehension by most. Continue reading

From the Papers

Dec 07, 2019 09:30 am
Snippets from the papers: Niall Toibin, Fr Des, Orwell Prize Winners, the royals, and more.... Continue reading

The economic impact of Brexit

Nov 08, 2019 09:02 am
  Economic Impact of Brexit on the UK and Ireland by Brian M. Deane Introduction The result of the referendum in 2016 indicated that the British people decided, 52 to 48 percent, to leave the European Union (EU). However, the economic consequences of leaving were, not at that time or since, made clear. Indeed, one … Continue reading


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