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    The New Souperism

    John Horgan
    The New Souperism
    Irish parents are often forced to have their children participate in a form of religious observance in which they themselves do not believe in exchange for educational and social benefits. We once called this souperism. And the current shabby compromise designed to confuse the unwary could best be described as souperism lite.
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    Out of the Rut

    John Horgan
    The 1960s saw Ireland escaping for a few years from the glumness of the previous decade before crisis returned in 1973. It was a happy time to be middle class and young. However, the good times were differentially distributed and not everyone’s memories are happy.
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    Death by Respectability?

    John Horgan
    The discussion group Tuairim, active in Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s, made many thoughtful contributions to intellectual debate, but it is another matter to say it was influential, in a society in which those with political ideas but outside formal politics were largely ignored.
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    A SCOURGE FOR THE WICKED

    John Horgan
    WT Stead, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, had such a messianic vision of his own importance and of the central role in society of the newspaper press that he would be regarded with great suspicion today. And yet the loss of that sense of vision may be a matter for regret.
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