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.

Sins and sophistries in the history of the Crusades
14 Feb 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: Crusades, history
We should not mistake the past for the present.

Stranger Things: a dystopia with friendship and hope
21 Nov 2017 | POPCORN |  
tags: dystopias, Netflix, television series
Real darkness threatens but goodhearted people have their own power.

In Ireland, David and Goliath meet again
5 Oct 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Ireland
This time the issue is the nation’s Constitutional protection of the unborn child.

Back to the future… or the end of the road?
17 Aug 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, neo-Marxism, transgenderism
Neo-Marxist ideology has Christianity in its sights.

Is being a Christian a sackable offence in UK politics now?
16 Jun 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: christianophobia, same-sex marriage, uk
The leader of the Liberal Democrats has resigned over his beliefs on same-sex marriage

Cormac McCarthy: Clinging to hope in a devastated world
12 May 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, literature
The writer’s harrowing visions challenge us in our comfort zones.

‘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

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