Soul Song: Reflections On An Unexpected Journey by The Priests
by Father Eugene O'Hagan; Father Martin O'Hagan; Father David Delargy
Known collectively as The Priests, Fr Martin, Fr Eugene and Fr David, have taken the music world by storm. Since they signed their much-reported Sony contract in front of Westminster Cathedral in April 2008, their album has sold almost 2,000,000 copies worldwide and broke the Guinness record for the fastest-selling debut classical album in the UK. It has also chalked up an impressive fifteen weeks at No. 1 on the Classic FM chart and was nominated for a Classical Brit Award. In June 2009, The Priests topped off their incredibly successful year with a highly-acclaimed mini-tour of the UK and Ireland.
But long lunches in swanky restaurants and celebrity parties count for little with these down-to-earth, wonderfully talented singers, because first and foremost, David, Martin and Eugene are priests; their faith and the work they undertake in their busy parishes takes priority over everything else they do. So, whilst their gruelling promotional schedule for the album has taken them around the world - from Europe to Montreal and Toronto, from Washington to New York and Sydney, where they have played to packed houses and given dozens of press, radio and tv interviews - they have always been happy to return to their parishes in Belfast and the people they serve.
Now in Soul Song, The Priests draw upon their unique experiences as priests and performers, their love of music and their faith, as they weave together a rich, illuminating tapestry of spiritual wisdom. Insightful and engaging, it is a treasury of memories which offers us all a rare and timely opportunity to reflect on our own journey through life.
Standing My Ground: The Autobiography
by Brendan Cummins
Brendan Cummins has made more senior hurling championship appearances than any other player in the history of hurling. In an era which produced such brilliant goalkeeping talents as Davy Fitzgerald, Donal Óg Cusack, and Damien Fitzhenry many would argue that Cummins has earned the right to be considered the greatest of them all.
From his debut for Tipperary in November, 1993, Cummins went on to play at the top of the inter-county game for 19 consecutive championship seasons. He won two All Ireland senior hurling championships, five Munster championships and four League titles – and has won five All Star awards.
From fearless shot-stopping to pin-point accuracy on his puck-outs, Cummins was unrivalled for the consistency of his performances, a consistency underpinned by a sometimes punishing physical commitment, mental discipline and great attention to detail. He was the rock upon which Tipperary built their team under many managers and changes of personnel.
Brendan Cummins story is the story of Tipperary hurling over the last two decades. The ups and downs. The dramas. The characters. From his first senior years under Len Gaynor to his final games under Eamon O’Shea, Cummins has seen it all. Standing My Ground is a remarkable account of an extraordinary career.
Stillness Through My Prayers
by Sister Stan
Stillness: A deep silence and quiet calm, bringing feelings of peace, solace, contentment and serenity.
You may need this book if you have ever felt afraid, unsure, anxious or uncertain...
You may need this book if you have ever had sleepless nights, feared the morning, faced
difficult decisions, felt worried about the future or craved an answer to life's many mysteries...
You may need this book to start to trust and accept, to forgive and let go, with love and peace.
In Stillness Through My Prayer, Sister Stan shares simple, profound and calming prayers that she herself uses to help her achieve Stillness - that most elusive and treasured state of mind.
by Colm Tobin
It’s exhausting. Being Irish. The weight of history. The self-doubt. The constant analysis. The wind.
Why are we so hard on ourselves? Is it the post-colonial overhang following centuries of oppression at the hands of a litany of foreign invaders? Or is it collective guilt for sending Westlife out into the wider world?
Some say you can hear Irishness in the lonesome lilt of uileann pipes. That you can smell it in the farts of a billion Guinness drinkers. Look hard enough and you can see it winking back at you from the shimmering, oily thighs of Michael Flatley.
In Surviving Ireland, acclaimed comedy writer Colm Tobin* takes the reader by the hand for a satirical romp through modern Irish life. As well as providing all the tools you’ll need to navigate this often tricky little island (except a compass, map or anything resembling a fact), the book will take you through some of the country’s fraught history, asking some searing questions in the process: how did we get here, where are we going and who in the name of God is going to pay for it all?
Charting the journey from birth through school, work, relationships, marriage, death and everything in between, Surviving Ireland is your definitive guide to the life cycle of the modern Irish. And it’s got some funny drawings as well.
* Not the Booker Prize nominated author Colm Tóibín.
T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot
by Anne Chambers
In 2002, an eighty-five-year-old former civil servant was voted ‘Irishman of the Century’.
Widely regarded as “the architect of modern Ireland”, T.K. Whitaker’s life spans the history of the Irish state in whose economic, social and cultural evolution he played an integral and influential role. Born in Rostrevor, County Down, reared in Drogheda, County Louth, from modest beginnings, T.K. Whitaker’s meteoric rise through the ranks of the civil service saw him at 39 years become the youngest Secretary of the Department of Finance.
His was the quiet presence, the rational and informed voice behind many of the most momentous events in recent Irish history. His inspirational paper Programme for Economic Development became the blueprint for Ireland’s regeneration in the 1960s. As Governor in the 1970s his vision and purpose transformed the Central Bank into a dynamic institution. And, as advisor to Taoiseach Jack Lynch and other political leaders, he played a crucial role behind the scenes in the movement towards peace in Northern Ireland.
Drawn from in-depth interviews conducted with Dr Whitaker and his family, as well as exclusive access to his personal papers and correspondence, in Portrait of a Patriot author Anne Chambers reveals the quite extraordinary extent and diversity of T.K. Whitaker’s work on behalf of the Irish State; his relationship with Irish and international political figures such as De Valera, Lemass, MacBride, Costello, Sweetman, Lynch, Haughey, FitzGerald, O’Neill, and Whitelaw; his policy struggles with governments and individual ministers.
This personal and intimate biography also introduces Ken Whitaker the family man, his motivation, humour and compassion; the personal losses endured and the many highlights enjoyed.
T.K. Whitaker’s life story is a model of excellence, integrity and public duty, and as such is all the more relevant today when such practical patriotism seems largely absent in twenty-first-century Ireland.