Based in London; Formerly of New York, Buenos Aires, Fife, and the Western Cape. Saoránach d'Éirinn.
A writer, blogger, historian, and web designer born in New York, educated in Argentina, Scotland, and South Africa, and now based in London. read more

Voltaire’s Works Are Not Dead

“They are alive — and they are killing us!” Joseph de Maistre on the works and wasted talent of François-Marie Arouet. read more


The Wyndham Monument, Silton

The charmingly haphazard Church of St Nicholas in Silton is home to what is arguably the finest funerary monument in Dorset not in a major church. read more


Zeist’s Zest for Traditional Architecture

The Daniel Marotplein, a residential square in the town of Zeist, provides a fine recent example of traditional architecture in the Netherlands. read more


Botswana and Hereditary Power

Fifty years ago it was the third poorest country in Africa. Today it is the sixth richest. How that happened might be thanks to the House of Khama. read more


Norway’s New Passport

The Scandos are known for being among the few peoples who can do modernism well, as evidenced by the new design chosen for Norway’s passports and identity cards. read more


The Spina di Borgo

The Baroque is a style of joy, but it is also the style of the surprise: the corner turned to an unexpected vista or the jet of water sprinkling a king’s unsuspecting courtier. read more


The Flag of the Arab Revolt

Though overshadowed by the more theatrical T.E. Lawrence, Sir Mark Sykes was still by all accounts a remarkable man, and should be known for his contribution to Pan-Arabist vexillology. read more


The Old Cannon Brewery

It’s not surprising that Robert Gwelo Goodman — one of my favourite South African artists — lived in a unique dwelling nestled in the nape of Table Mountain. read more


An Old Name Returns to Banking

Daniel O’Connell was a remarkable man by any stretch of the imagination. Among his many achievements, however, was in London in 1825 founding the National Bank of Ireland. read more


A Land, not a Republic

What are we to make of the growing movement against the name ‘Czech Republic’? read more



EVERYONE was at the Opera last night. It was for the final performance of a magnificent production of Puccini’s Il trittico, like a three-course meal with a delicious pudding. read more


A Gothic Library for Christchurch

Modernists have had Christchurch, NZ in their sights since the devastating earthquake, but local architectural designer & engineer James Carr has come up with a proposal to build a gothic central library on the city’s Cathedral Square. read more


Nick and Miriam

The Lib Dems are justifiably an unpopular lot, but their obvious defects aside one can find time to love a bare few of their number. read more

St Mary Redcliffe

The Church of St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol was famously described by Elizabeth Tudor as ‘the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England’.

Feudal Times & Reactionary Herald

A thoughtful leader

Lunching in Wexford town, I came across a copy of the Feudal Times & Reactionary Herald which included a thoughtful editorial regarding the recent Rhodes controversy in Oxford. read more

Benedict XVI


“Something I constantly notice is that unembarrassed joy has become rarer,” wrote Cardinal Ratzinger in 1997. “Joy today is increasingly saddled with moral and ideological burdens, so to speak.” read more

Daily Cusack

Tuesday 9 February 2016

Dan McCarthy on Russell Kirk; thirteenth-century polymath Bishop Grosseteste; what an Oxfordshire church has in common with St Mark’s in Venice. read more


Two Girls on a Tandem

Rose and Molly are two of my favourite people in the entire universe, and when they announced they were racing a tandem across the Cape Peninsula to raise money for the men’s charity Movember, how could one fail to get behind such an effort? read more


‘Decisions, decisions…’

The Dublin Civic Trust has a blogpost on the Bank of Ireland’s 1802 competition to redesign the former Houses of Parliament on College Green. read more


Party in the Overberg

Alongside a bazaar, a braai, and dancing, a speech by Sir De Villiers Graaff is the selling point of this poster advertising a United Party get-together in the beautiful Overberg region of the Cape. read more


Letter to the Editor

A senior academic suggesting that the demise of Heythrop was an episode in a long struggle between “outward-facing, inquisitive, challenging” theology on one side and “inward-looking, submissive, unquestioning” theology on the other is telling. read more


A Fifty Pound Note

The recent arrival of the new fiver has caused some flurry of excitement and one of the notes finally reached the Cusackian exchequer in Salisbury on Friday night. read more


Oliver VII

Antal Szerb is probably better known as paragon and only member of the interwar neofrivolist school of literature. read more


The Red Mass in Edinburgh

The opening of Scotland’s judicial year was marked this past Sunday by the Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh offering the customary Red Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral. read more


Oxford: An Architectural Guide

Geoffrey Tyack writes with a fluid style that accesibly conveys a great amount of specific detail without the reader feeling the least bit overwhelmed. read more

South Africa

Die Ou Swaai Pomp

The old water pump in the Cape Town neighbourhood of Oranjezicht was part of the system created by Jan Frederik Hurling in the 1790s for his farm, Zorgfliet. read more


St Pancras Town Hall

The façade is a little clunky but flowers soften this stern civic edifice with a bit of welcome frivolity. read more


Master Mitsui’s Ink Garden

Among Daniel Mitsui’s latest works is a Chinese ink drawing on a Catholic theme. read more

The Office


My old desk when I was working at The New Criterion in New York. read more


Frankfurter Hefte

German typography and print design in the 1950s combined elegance and simplicity. read more


Lourdes: To Be a Pilgrim

As today is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, here is the documentary we made regarding the Order of Malta’s annual pilgrimage to Lourdes each May. read more


Alles Sal Reg Kom

A man festively attired in a Tweede Nuwejaar outfit in patriotic colours stands in front of a side wall in Cape Town urging voters to vote ‘No’ in the 1960 republic referendum. read more


A memorial to Conscience

It is often said that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter — but what inspires the man who refuses to fight? Is he a coward? A man of conscience? Or a mere contrarian who goes too far? read more

Die Staatsrede

Staatspresident Jacobus Johannes Fouché giving the staatsrede from the throne of the Senate within the Houses of Parliament in Cape Town. read more


Daily Cusack

If you don’t think you’ve been getting enough Cusack lately, then you will probably welcome my new blog, Daily Cusack. read more


No ‘Malvinas’ Here

Calling in at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican the other day, I was confronted with an interwar mappa mundi that displayed some difficulties of Latin toponymy. read more


Letter to the Editor

Sipping a postprandial Coke last week while flipping through the Irish Times, my wandering eye was drawn towards that newspaper’s report on the Madrid congress of the European People’s Party. read more

South Africa

Open-minded Stellenbosch

“I found many of my all-white students at the University of Cape Town tediously dogmatic in their supposed progressiveness,” writes Paul Moorcraft. But at Stellenbosch the students were “much more open-minded.” read more


April to September

Between the vernal equinox and its autumnal confrère tomorrow there has been perhaps an excess of fevered activity. read more


Putin: ‘I’d really like to see Europe show some real independence and sovereignty’

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, granted an interview to Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) in St Petersburg this summer, covering (among other issues) the balance of power, independence and sovereignty in Europe, and relations with the United States. read more


Caped Bear Cubs in Canadian Arms

As my sister was educated (or something to that effect) by Ursulines, a recent addition to Canada’s Public Register of Arms, Flags, and Badges caught my attention. read more


In Old Rio

“The city’s administrative and electoral units were its parishes, and the tallest buildings were all church towers,” writes historian Jeffrey Needell. “The day of the colonial port began with the cannon shot announcing the beginning of harbour commerce, at half past five.” read more


A Horror in the Hague

The Netherlands’ Royal Academy of Fine Arts has existed since 1682, but there’s quite a contrast between the temple they built in the early nineteenth century and its Bauhaus replacement from the twentieth. read more


Shedding light on the Cape Baroque

Dr Hans Fransen, the leading authority on Cape Dutch architecture, intends to shed new light on the Cape Baroque style through an examination of the work of the sculptor Anton Anreith. read more


New Yorkers: See New York!

The ‘See Your City’ ad campaign evokes old-school travel posters of the 1920s & 30s. read more


Ones to Watch (or Read)

In this commonwealth of knowledge, it is necessary to share out our sources of insight and wisdom. Here are just a few sites (“blogs”, even) that readers of this little corner of the web ought to take notes of. read more


Rowing Blazers Book Launch

A launch party at Ralph Lauren, New Bond Street, for Jack Carlson’s new book Rowing Blazers. read more


Italy inspired by Wall Street

Looking back at the first edition of Il Foglio, it’s interesting how the design so obviously takes its inspiration from that of the Wall Street Journal. read more

New York

End of the Line for Rizzoli Bookshop

In New York, good things are only allowed to last a little while: eventually they must all be destroyed. The latest to add to the pile is the Rizzolli shop on West 57th. read more

Maps & Heraldry

A Bunny Rampant

As a map-lover it’s a fine thing that I spend half my life in South Kensington where you’ll find two of the best antiquarian map merchants around. read more


Two Flags Based on the French Tricolour

The French tricolour is one of the most influential flags in history, and inspired two flags in Canada and South Africa. read more


L’Osservatore Romano goes Hungarian

Magyarophiles will be pleased to learn that L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, will begin appearing in Hungarian. read more


Football at S. Maria Maggiore

“The enormous church of S. Maria Maggiore stands on one of Rome’s seven famous hills,” writes Steen Eiler Rasmussen. read more


Zeitung für Deutschland

My favourite advertising installation is the massive logotype for the world’s greatest newspaper which spans the tracks at the Frankfurter Hauptbahnhof. read more

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