August 23, 2014

There’s a new poll out on Ireland’s moral attitudes, which includes the interesting information that 61% of Irish people think that pornography is morally unacceptable, including 74% of women. The Sunday Times, who comissioned the poll, also ran an accompanying article which takes a tone best described as sneering moralism. Ireland’s discomfort with porn is put down to sexual repression or leftover Catholic guilt. This is a very common diagnosis for the country’s ills. CS Lewis’ words about each age being skilled at spotting the vices that... Read more

August 19, 2014

The first of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books opens with a beheading. Lord Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell in the North of the Seven Kingdoms, insists on executing criminals and deserters himself – telling his son Bran that a ruler should never appoint an executioner. He should never allow killing to become something invisible, something that can be done with a word but never confronted. A few years ago, The Thirsty Gargoyle wrote a blog post responding to... Read more

August 5, 2014

So, hello all. Cead mile failte and all that. I’m Ben. Catholic, Irishman, writer. Eldest son of an eldest son of an eldest son of an eldest son in the great Conroy clan, poets and historians to the kings of Connacht and loudmouths extraordinaire. I love stories, especially true ones (usually those are the fantasy books), and I keep attempting to write my own (nothing published yet). I’m something of a political junkie, which is pretty frustrating because as an... Read more

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