Irish Lit: The English Jesuit in Dublin


The next time I am in Dublin, I will go to Glasnevin Cemetery, to the Jesuit plot, and leave a small oval-shaped blue-hued stone at the foot of the cross where Gerard Manley Hopkins’ name is engraved. The great nineteenth-century poet is

Off the Shelf: Profit Song

By Paul Lynch A Oneworld Book ISBN-978-0-86154-686-2 309 Pages Review by Terry Kenneally Prophet Song, this year’s Booker Prize winner, is a harrowing and dystopian novel that visibly renders a […]

Off the Shelf: Kala

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As the story begins, the six, three boys and three girls, are perched on their bikes preparing to hurtle down a steep hill and through a narrow gap at the bottom where the path meets the main road. The idea

Irish Lit: St. Kevin’s Miracles

Saint Kevin, the sixth century Glendalough saint, was an ascetic and hermit who slept on stones, ate little but herbs and roots, prayed in freezing water, and wore mostly animal skins. He spent much of his time

Off the Shelf: The Plague of Souls

Plague of souls

The Plague of Souls By Mike McCormack Soho Press ISBN 978-1-64129-578-9 177 pp 2023 Review by Terrence J. Kenneally As the novel opens, Nealon (it’s protagonist) is returning to his […]

Off the Shelf: Absolution

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By Terry Kenneally Off the Shelf: AbsolutionBy Alice McDermottFarrar, Straus, and Giroux. ISBN 9780374610487 2023 324 pp. Alice McDermott has long been recognized for her portraits of mid-20th-century life, with […]

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☘THE CRAIC☘     (Cleveland Reads About Ireland Club) JANUARY 2024 – JUNE 2024 Date: Our once a month meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the monthTime:  Meetings begin at […]