Category: Culture & Arts

Freedom of Speech is Not Just a Human Right – it’s a Human Necessity

For most of history saying something that contradicted those in power was a crime, in many cases punishable by death. Gradually people realised, we’re not truly free unless we can speak our mind, decide the words we use, and criticise...

/ 21/10/2018

Book Review: The Benedict Option

Released early last year, Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a post-Christian Nation has been heralded as one of the most important books about religion in recent times. Its author has acquired a large following on...

/ 14/10/2018

RTÉ is Useless – Defund it and Let the Market Decide

Nobody likes RTÉ television. I mean nobody. If you ever bothered to ask anyone about the station (and let’s face it, you never have or will), the only response you’d get is a shoulder shrug and maybe, just maybe, “ah...

/ 11/10/2018

The Wrong Side of History

On September 30th 1938 a clearly euphoric British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain returned home to a huge cheering crowd at Heston Aerodrome in West London. He had spent the previous days in Munich with other European leaders, in meetings hosted...

/ 04/10/2018

It’s Misogyny That’s Toxic, Not Masculinity

Last October, a joint report by the New York Times and the New Yorker ousted Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a prolific rapist and sexual harasser that committed several grave offences over a staggering thirty-year period. Famous actresses from Ashley...

/ 01/10/2018

Populism Is Not Destroying Democracy – It Is Democracy

Populism. If you listen to the mainstream media, you’ll know two things about populism. One, it’s on the rise after sweeping through the United States and making its way to Europe. Two, it’s evil and is single-handedly destroying democracy as...

/ 13/09/2018

Film Review: Black 47

Directed by Lance Daly, the historical drama Black 47 centres around a battle-hardened Connaught Ranger, Feeney (played by the Australian actor James Frecheville), who deserts his unit and returns home to Connemara at the height of this most calamitous period...

/ 10/09/2018

The Death of a Republic II : The Death of a Culture

To whom it may concern; Éireann had changed since you last laid eyes on her. Despite her various ailments, she was once a rather lively and joyful young woman. However, in her latter years, she had grown addicted and dependent...

/ 02/09/2018

The Endless Generosity of the Irish is Our Achilles’ Heel

Most of us who went to primary school in Ireland will have memories of the Trócaire box being passed around at school so we could raise money for the “poor black babies in Africa.” The front of the box would...

/ 28/08/2018

The Death of a Republic I : The Death of a Democracy

To whom it may concern; I hereby regret to inform you that after a long battle with various afflictions, the Irish Republic (née Saorstát Éireann) passed away during the year 2018. She went relatively peacefully in her sleep, the last...

/ 26/08/2018