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THE GOOD BOOK

It’s the day before Pope Francis hits Dublin for his contentious visit and in an almost blessed piece of timing, Darragh Martin is doing the press junket for his new novel Future Popes Of Ireland. He talks to Peter Dunne about inspirations, dark comedy and the place for religion in a country slowing losing its own.

The story of a family, a nation, and the heavy influence of the Catholic Church on both, Darragh Martin’s Future Popes of Ireland has been impressively likened to Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections for its similar delving into fractured familial relationships. It’s ambitious in scope, beginning with Pope John Paul’s 1979 visit to a vastly different Ireland and spanning the proceeding 30 years of a country left struggling in his wake. Momentous events are wall-to-wall; the beginning of the gay rights movement, the litany of women forced to travel abroad for abortions, the Shell pipeline, even the recession. With such weighty themes, it’s a good thing there’s a broad streak of Irish humour running throughout.

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In this month’s bumper celebration of wedded bliss, we talk to loved-up couples who enjoyed the biggest day of their lives in 2018 and get some insider info on organising the main event. Not content with bringing you all the news that matters, your favourite magazine’s history of matchmaking is revealed as we talk to couples who met through the pages of GCN. Alongside a one-stop directory of wedding day info, we have some handy etiquette tips for attendees and a history of the battle for same-sex marriage around the globe. We continue our series of interviews with LGBT+ asylum seekers in the Direct Provision system and author Darragh Martin speaks about his new book, Future Popes of Ireland. It’s a jam-packed October issue!