Michael Kirke

Michael Kirke was born in Ireland. In 1966 he graduated from University College Dublin (History and Politics). In that year he began working on the sub-editorial desk of The Evening Press in Dublin and in 1968 went to the newsroom of the Irish Press group of newspapers, contributing news and features to the group’s three titles – morning, evening and Sunday papers. In 1969 he went to Belfast and covered the initial unravelling of the Unionist hegemony in the province. Later that year he became the group’s education specialist. In 1973 took leave of absence to pursue postgraduate studies in education in Trinity College Dublin, where he graduated in 1976.

In 1978 he left journalism and moved into teaching. In 1981 he was appointed headmaster of Rockbrook Park School in Dublin (www.rockbrook.ie).

In 1994 made another career shift, left teaching and moved to Galway in the West of Ireland where he began working part-time in media again. He is now back in Dublin, working in media and as a freelance writer. His main interests are in cultural, political, and educational affairs, probably in that order.

‘The Benedict Option’—terrific for monks, but not for ordinary Christians
3 Apr 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: Christianity, christianity, secularization, the benedict option
Confronting secularism does not require flight from the hurly-burly of society

Real news and a fake scandal
18 Jan 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: economics, inequality, wealth
Why the fuss over Oxfam's claim that the 8 richest people own as much as the world's bottom half?

Hollywood dramatizes a harrowing Japanese novel about persecuted Christians
10 Jan 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: book reviews, Japan, persecution of Christians
Shusaku Endo’s masterpiece, Silence, is dark but powerful

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
8 Apr 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Ancient Rome, book reviews, Christianity, history
An exciting history of a great and cruel people

Laurus: the history of a man’s soul
18 Mar 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: literature, Middle Ages, Russia
A surprising new Russian novel recommends 'the way of the saints'.

The evil that men do
4 Feb 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Mao Tse-Tung, slavery
Right down to our own day, Chairman Mao left a legacy of cruelty and inhumanity.

In ten to thirty years, the survivors will speak out
30 Jul 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: homosexuality, same-sex marriage, science fiction
The Boy Scouts will regret opening doors to openly gay leaders and employees.

Please do not kill this Mockingbird
20 Jul 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Harper Lee
Despite its rawness, Go Set a Watchman is a literary treasure.

Two gay campaigners against same-sex marriage in Ireland
18 May 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Ireland, same-sex marriage
What about the children, they ask.

Ireland: Will the Noes have it?
15 May 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Ireland, same-sex marriage
It has been a bad week for a government hitching its wagon to marriage "equality".

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