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A prisoner under escort at the South Western Front during the Irish Civil War: July 22, 1922. Courtesy of National Library of Ireland Ref.: HOG106.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Hargaden
The peaceful sharing of power by Irish political parties that once went to war may be understood as a triumph of the common good.
Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ (Fox Searchlight)
Arts & CultureFilm
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
Martin McDonagh’s new movie “The Banshees of Inisherin” serves up sad enough stuff to leave viewers crying in our beer. But first we laugh.
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
Fans of Colm Tóibín will no doubt be pleased at the news that he has a new book of essays coming out.
thomas cahill sits in his new york apartment in a 2006 photo, he is wearing a black shirt and brown pants and rests his arm on a piano. there is a lamp behind him
Arts & CultureNews
Associated Press
In his million-selling “How the Irish Saved Civilization,” Cahill cited Ireland's crucial—and unappreciated—preservation of classical texts after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Cast members of ‘Derry Girls’ (Netflix)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jake Martin
The third season of ‘Derry Girls’ has plenty of laughs to offer and goes deeper with all its main characters.
A man walks past a Marian mural in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Feb. 20, 2013. Data from the 2021 census showed 45.7% of respondents identified as Catholic or were brought up Catholic, compared with 43.5% identifying as Protestants, the first time in more than a century that Catholics outnumber Protestants. (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Hargaden
Just below those top-line figures on religious affiliation, significant changes in national identity also become clear—29 percent of the Northern Irish population now see themselves exclusively as Irish. This is just three points behind the 32 percent who consider themselves British.