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.

In search of new Augustines for the 21st Century
27 Feb 2019 | ABOVE |  
tags: Augustine, Christianity, conversion
Even today, people turn their lives around and embrace a life of service and meaning

‘Rise and Grind’: on the pathology of work
2 Feb 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: Opus Dei, work, workaholism
The hunger-for-hustle epidemic raging through a generation.

What really happened between some Catholic schoolboys and a Native American elder?
23 Jan 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: identity politics, trust, viral videos
Why we should not trust viral videos.

Terrence Malick and the Passion of Franz Jägerstätter
30 Oct 2018 | ABOVE |  
tags: conscientious objection, heroes, Nazism
A film about a 20th century martyr for faith and conscience will be released soon.

Is this what the denial of unconditional love for both really means?
1 Jun 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Ireland
To be a Christian in Ireland will, for many, have the taste of exile about it.

Ireland goes the way of the world - for now
28 May 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Ireland
More than two-thirds of those voting in Friday's referendum said 'yes' to abortion.

Ireland votes on the right to life on Friday
23 May 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Ireland
A poll on whether to remove constitutional safeguards for the unborn is a momentous step

Why Machiavelli could feel at home in Silicon Valley
13 Apr 2018 | CONNECTING |  
tags: business ethics, Facebook, morality, Silicon Valley
The moral malaise behind the Facebook scandal did not begin with this tech monster.

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.

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