Priest, Politics and Society in Post-famine Ireland - Wolfhound Press, Dublin & Humanities Press, New Jersey, 1983.
This was the first in-depth study of the role of the Irish priests in Irish political life, and shows the wide-ranging and crucial role they played in the political and social movements in post-Famine Ireland. The book also looks at the level of vocations, the education of the priests, and the extent of Mass going in pre-Famine Ireland. It focuses on Co. Tipperary, and this facilitates a study of great depth.
Prince of Swindlers. John Sadleir M.P. 1813-1856 - Geography Publications, Dublin, 1999.
This is the extraordinary story of the rise and fall of John Sadleir. Scion of a Catholic gentry family, Sadleir was educated at Clongowes, became a solicitor, Member of Parliament, newspaper proprietor, defender of the Catholic faith, and above all a speculator in votes, land, railways and banks. Unfortunately, he became one of the biggest swindlers of the Nineteenth Century, bringing misery to thousands of people who trusted him. He lies in an unmarked grave in Highgate Cemetery.
When A Child Dies, Footsteps of a Grieving Family
The impact from the death of a child is told by all members of the O'Shea family. The death of a child is traumatic in the extreme, and I hope that others who have suffered the death of a child may find some consolation from this book.
The royalties from this book are given to the Children's Hospital in Crumlin.
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The book looks at five types of abuse – physical, emotional/psychological/mental, verbal, sexual, and financial/economic, which will be examined in the context of intimate relationships. Bullying in the workplace, which can contain all of these types of abuse, is also explored. While there is a chapter on child abuse, the book mainly focuses on adult victims and highlights the harrowing behaviours of abusers. It looks at the concept of boundaries, which are breached by abusive behaviours, and examines the abusive personality, how the abuser thinks, and the importance of childhood issues in shaping the abusive personality. Finally, the book outlines the concept of leaving an abusive relationship, and what to do when that decision is made. It ends with a chapter challenging abusive people to change their behaviours.
Below is extract from a series of articles I have written for the The Tipp Tatler.
What is counselling?
In the coming months I hope to write some brief articles on the many issues that cause distress to people, which sometimes result in their resorting to counselling. In this first article, however, I would like to explain what counselling is all about, with a specific focus on humanistic counselling.
There was a time, and not so very long ago, when people felt ashamed of going for counselling. Their families almost saw it as a stigma. Thankfully, that has changed; and better still, more and more men now turn to counselling in times of distress. The person who comes to counselling is generally vulnerable, and it is important to stress that vulnerability is not a weakness, but one of the greatest strengths we have. It enables us to reach out to others.
Counselling is about helping people make sense of their lives. It creates a safe, confidential place for people to be vulnerable, to feel (or indeed to find) their feelings, and to explore distress. The counselling room can be a very challenging place, for it is only by challenge that we can change and move on. Challenge is not aggressive, but is gentle and direct. [...]