Once known as the ‘land of saints and scholars’, Ireland is now in danger of being reduced to a ‘land of stocks and shares’. What does the Irish soul look like now, and what might its gifts of spirituality yet be to us? A look at the connections, blessings and challenges offered by Ian Paisley, Sinead O’Connor, Colin Farrell and the movie Once.
Gareth Higgins is a writer from Belfast who has worked both as an academic and activist, co-leading a post-sectarian peace-building initiative for over a decade. He is the author of How Movies Helped Save My Soul and the forthcoming How To Enjoy Life Without Killing Anyone.