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Paul Corcoran is currently pursuing a doctorate in religious studies at the Loyola Institute in Trinity College, Dublin. He was the editor of Lines of Enquiry (TCD Press), published in 2017. 

Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney at the University College Dublin, February 11, 2009 (Sean O’Connor/Wikimedia Commons)
Arts & CultureBooks
Paul Corcoran
Ten years after his death, commentators and admirers of Seamus Heaney are still looking for new ways to measure his life and work.
Patrick Kavanaugh (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Arts & CulturePoetry
Paul Corcoran
Kavanagh’s poem looks to Advent for a sort of poetic and spiritual rebirth, a chance to reacquaint ourselves with the “newness that was in every stale thing.”
President Joe Biden (CNS photo/Tom Brenner) and Seamus Heaney (Reuters/Niall Carson/PA Wire) 
Arts & CultureIdeas
Paul Corcoran
In this season of discontent in American society, however, Heaney’s words have become emblematic of President Biden’s greatest political challenge: to act as healer-in-chief.