The Ongoing Present – A Critical Look at the Society and World in which I Grew Up

Binding: Paperback

Pagination: 480

Publisher: Messenger Publications


Jesuit, soldier, academic, trade unionist, social radical, lifelong Irish language promoter, friend of the travellers, national chaplain of Pax Christ, advocate for the revival of the Western Rail Corridor from Limerick to Sligo, campaigner for the restoration of the Mamean shrine on the Maamturk Mountains, pilgrimage leader, Pioneer chairman – Father Micheal Mac Greil SJ, born in County Laois and reared in Co Mayo, has led a long, full and fascinating life.

Probably best-known for his ground-breaking research on changing Irish attitudes and prejudices, he is the author of Prejudice and Tolerance in Ireland (1977), Prejudice in Ireland Revisited (1996) and Pluralism and Diversity in Ireland (2011), and he lectured in Sociology at NUI Maynooth for twenty-five years.

In his memoir, Dr Mac Greil weaves together his own life with his view of the major events of each decade in Ireland, and in the wider world. Beautifully written, the author is at times gentle and nostalgic and at other times fiercely political and radical. A truly unique look at the micro and macro history of the past eighty-three years.

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SKU: 9781910248065


Micheal Mac Greil SJ was born in Clonaslee, Co Laois in 1931and grew up in near Westport, Co Mayo, where he has lived for much of his life. He has been a major figure in Irish life for many years and published three important volumes on Irish attitudes to society.

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