The Way We Were (Essays on Catholic Ireland)

The Way We Were (Essays on Catholic Ireland)


Publisher: Columba Books
Pages: 200
Cover: Hardback

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The Way We Were (Essays on Catholic Ireland)

Mary Kenny, veteran journalist, fearlessly outspoken for over three decades now, takes this opportunity to weave a tale of her homeland spanning a century in her new book The Way We Were.

With stories of those who moulded Irish history, while also emphasising the role played by the most dominant factor in Irish life, Catholicism, she takes us on a nostalgic tour of the Ireland that is and was. Besides an insightful, decade-wise analysis of Irish society, Mary includes profiles of noteworthy stalwarts like Gay Byrne and Seán MacBride to further our understanding of their impact.

From the Brave New State and Communism, all the way to the Women’s Revolution, Mary Kenny’s astute reminiscing provides the reader with a complex portrait of life from the 1920s to the present day.

At a time when the values of Catholic Ireland are so often viewed in a negative light, Mary Kenny’s approach is a balanced recollection of Ireland over the past hundred years, making for an informative and enjoyable read.


Mary Kenny is an Irish broadcaster, journalist and playwright. A founding member of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement, she was one of the country’s first and foremost feminists and has been described as “the grand dame of Irish journalism”. Kenny has written for numerous broadsheet publications including the Irish Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Irish Catholic. She has written books on feminism and Catholicism in Ireland as well as a personal biography of William Joyce


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