The Feast of St. Patrick has its roots in traditional Christian culture in Ireland, and became an official holiday in the 1600s. In modern times, St. Patrick’s Day is more synonymous with green beer and corned beef than religion, but the connection with Ireland remains. Fordham has several titles that highlight Ireland, its culture, its people, and the Irish-American legacy.
From Salvatore Basile comes Fifth Avenue Famous, the story of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and its music–a stirring monument to one of the most iconic Catholic churches in America.
For another look at Catholicism in New York City, check out Catholics in New York: Society, Culture, and Politics 1808-1946 edited by Terry Golway. The book, copublished with the Museum of the City of New York, is a synthesis of rare images and essays that study the growth of the city’s largest Christian denomination.
Moving back across the pond, we have Ireland’s Art, Ireland’s History. Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch, Curator of Irish Art at the National Gallery in Ireland, takes one of the first in-depth looks at how art has shaped the history of Ireland as a nation and a people.
Gerard Manley Hopkins, one of the most revered poets of all-time, spent the last years of his life in Ireland. Hopkins in Ireland illustrates the man’s legacy both through his words and photos taken by the author, Michael Flecky, S.J., showing the places memorialized in his poems, journals, and letters.
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