My review of Crawford Gribben’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland’, on Slugger

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, my review of Crawford Gribben’s excellent new book, The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland (Oxford, 2021).Read more...

New Post on Slugger – The Service of Reflection & Hope: An opportunity for the Church Leaders?

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘The Service of Reflection & Hope: An Opportunity for the Church Leaders?’

Image: Detail of the two-light stained glass window W27 in the north wall of the chancel (second from … Read more...

Christian modernities in Britain and Ireland in the twentieth century: Article on the Journalism of Fr Gerry Reynolds published in Contemporary British History

My article on ‘Clerical modernisers and the media in Ireland: the journalism of Fr Gerry Reynolds’, has been published in a special issue of the academic journal Contemporary British History on ‘Christian modernities in Britain and Ireland in the Read more...

Review of Peter Mulholland’s Love’s Betrayal: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, a review of Love’s Betrayal: The Decline in Catholicism and the Rise of New Religious Movements in Ireland, by Peter Mulholland.Read more...

Féile Discussion: British or Irish or both?: New Post on Slugger O’Toole

I have a new post (6 August) on the Slugger O’Toole blog, Feile Discussion: British or Irish or both? Unionism, Protestantism and the national question

I links to a video of my discussion on the topic with Prof Christine … Read more...

Identity on the island of Ireland after Brexit and Covid-19: Can the Churches Help Shape a New Landscape? – Faith in Europe Briefing

I delivered a briefing paper for the Faith in Europe group on 16 July, ‘Identity on the island of Ireland after Brexit and Covid-19: Can the Churches Help Shape a New Landscape?’ The meeting was originally scheduled for London but … Read more...

Covid-19: Recent Discussions on Sunday Sequence

I have participated in two recent discussions on Covid-19 on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence.

Sunday 5 April the topic was ‘Learning survival today from the lessons of the past’. Other discussants were consultant physician and clinical lecturer Michael Trimble, … Read more...

Review of The Catholic Church and the Northern Ireland Troubles: New Post on Slugger

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, a review of Margaret M Scull’s new book, The Catholic Church and the Northern Ireland Troubles, 1968-1998. Read more...

Recent Publications on the Pope, Peacebuilding, and Extra-Institutional Religion

I have three recent publications which may be of interest to readers of this blog.

‘Surveying Ireland after the Pope: Grounds for Cautious Optimism?’ is in the current issue of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review (Autumn 2019).

Studies is available … Read more...

New Post on Slugger: Unions, Unionisms, Brexit & Seamus Mallon …

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘From “Unions and Unionisms” and Brexit, to Seamus Mallon’s “A Shared Home Place”.’

It previews a conference set for Queen’s University next week (24-25 October), and reflects on the research … Read more...

Being Religious as a Counter Cultural Identity? Irish Times coverage of Belief in the Future

Although I am tardy in recognising it on this blog, the Irish Times covered the Irish Association conference that I participated in earlier this month at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, ‘Belief in the Future’.

Columnist Breda O’Brien featured … Read more...