Religion can often be a source of conflict in families, as Joyce’s fiction, and his life, showed. Photograph: Hulton Getty

The standard literature on the development of adolescents does not tend to profile teenage rebellion in respect of the faith commitments of their pare(...)

Who’s learning what?: Xiaodong Li teaching Chinese at UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien
Be grateful we speak English

There are plausible educational grounds for teaching foreign languages in schools, but we must be cautious about the fashionable belief that teaching (...)

A cross over  the village of Aughrim, Co Wicklow. Photograph:   Jack McManus

Earlier this year in “An Irishman’s Diary”, Patsy McGarry wrote of a falling out between his late friend and himself over the existence of God,(...)