Jimmy’s Hall

Jimmy's Hall, directed by Ken Loach, is based on the true story of a man who returns from the US and decides to rebuild the hall, so the young people in the area can have a future. However, there are those among the Church who don't agree with him.


Kate O’Brien and her Catholic Agnosticism, writing, and politics

Kate O'Brien was an Irish writer who was born in 1897. She was born into an bourgeoisie Catholic family in Limerick, though she was well-traveled by the end of her life in 1974. Most of her writing was banned in Ireland under the Censorship Act, and she was unique in her time for writing sex and sexuality into domestic romance novels.

Censorship in Ireland; Then and Now

Today, Irish newspapers and authors are protected under Article 10 of the ECHR, and the rise of social media, combined with the decline of the power of the Catholic Church, allows the Irish public to freely talk on a variety of uncomfortable subjects. However, as recently as fifty years ago, it was very different.

Lois Farquar: A Brief Character Study

Lois Farquar, the protagonist of The Last September, is a young Anglo-Irish woman growing up in Ireland in the early twentieth century. She lives with her aunt and uncle in a Big House in Munster, and, up until the events in the novel occur, has lived the typical life of an adolescent Anglo-Irish girl. The events in The Last September mark the beginning of an end to a lifestyle Lois and the Anglo-Irish citizens of Ireland enjoyed.