Future Popes of Ireland
In 1979 Bridget Doyle has one goal left in life: for her family to produce the very first Irish pope. Fired up by John Paul II’s appearance in Phoenix Park, she sprinkles Papal-blessed holy water on the marital bed of her son and daughter-in-law, and leaves them to get on with things. But nine months later her daughter-in-law dies in childbirth and Granny Doyle is left bri...more
Martin does an excellent job telling the story of an Irish family by interweaving the ongoing influence of tradition with the rise of more progressive attitudes and the impact of major political events on the individual. With a panoramic vision and spanning from 1979 to 2011, the novel introduces us to the destinies of the four Doyle children. After the death of their mother, Granny Doyle, a deeply religious and conserv ...more
This started off well - a story about triplets and their older sister being brought up by their grand mother shortly after Pope John Paul 2nd's visit to Ireland. The different characters were interesting and the dynamics between the siblings and various relatives and neighbours.
Then it got rather confusing with the time line jumping around and various plot lines that didn't really go anywhere such as the new family on the s ...more
A brief summary of the story would be one grandmother’s wish for one of her grandchildren to be the Pope. However dig deeper this seemingly comic plotline is a cover up for some serious aspects of Irish culture.
The grandmother aka Granny Doyle ...more
This is a story of generational and idealistic gaps. It's a story about how people hurt each other, and how the best people sometimes make the wrong decisions, while those you'd expect to stab you in the back turn out to be your best friend. I really enjoyed the character development. Damien and John Paul were my favourite characters. But Peg and Rosie definitely had their beautiful moments as well. I a ...more
Future Popes of Ireland was published by 4th Estate ( Harper Collins) in 2018 and was written by Darragh Martin. Darragh Martin would have been best known for writing several plays and for his children’s novel, The Keeper, which was shortlisted in 2013 at the Irish Book Awards. For six years Darragh Martin had this idea germinating for a book he wanted to write and with the encouragement of ...more
Future Popes of Ireland by Darragh Martin is at once funny, sad, nostalgic and surprisingly politically current.
Each and every one of the Doyles is a character, some more likeable than others but each with a story that hooks you in.
The book is comprised of multiple short chapters, each covering a different event in one of the Doyle's lives but not always in chronological order. This sounds confusing but it honestly isn't. I found that r ...more
All the children are, in their own way, disappointments to her and the different paths they take leaves relationships between them fractured, possibly irretrievably.
I thought this book was.... strange. Left me with very mixed feelings. I felt that all the characters were good, but the stor ...more
Future Popes of Ireland is a bittersweet saga of a dysfunctional Irish family wrapped up with a political and social history of the last thirty years in Ireland. Opening with triumphant promise and the visit of Pope John Paul II to Phoenix Park in 1979 the story follows the four Doyle siblings throughout their chaotic Catholic upbringing with a devout grandmother and through individual and ver ...more
“That was the history that Peg told, searching for the right-shaped lid to close a box. It was the way she wanted it to happen. In the space between what had happened and what might have happened, there was room for all sorts of things: truth, lies, histories, heresies, even, surely, those elusive, shimmering things, miracles.” - Darragh Martin, Future Popes of Ireland
Future Popes of Ireland follows the four Doyle siblings, a ...more
This is not a critique on the writing of Darragh Martin. I want to make that very clear. He has obviously invested a lot o ...more
I enjoyed this book, it struck a chord with me having lived through the years spanning ...more
This, in my opinion, is a five star book. Warm hearted, poignant, sad, funny, it is a delight to read. Beautifully written with a whole host of very believable characters, this novel may well take your breath away – it did mine. The story revolves around one family, the Doyles, and moves between decades and characters alike, keeping the prose fresh but not at all confusing. Set mainly in Ireland as the ...more
I liked the sections dedicated to each character as this allowed me a better insight on them as opposed to sections that flitted from one person to another.
The book had some great insights on family life ...more
It started well with the wonderful character of Bridget Doyle planning to be the grandmother of the first Irish Pope after collecting Holy Water collected at the blessing of Pope John-Paul 11 when he visited Ireland. The birth of the triplets & their childhood were good but after that things got a bit disjointed and I really lost interest and the ...more