Here's the body of my essay as Chapter Four (pp. 74-96 if without the works cited as this is a single appendix for all contributors combined) as a proof-text. A sample.pdf online of the first few pages of the book offers its Table of Contents and some of the editors' introduction. You can see here its handsome cover in fitting "Irelantis" homage to Seán Killen's whimsical paper collages!
I thank Olivia Cosgrove, Carmen Kuhling, Peter Mulholland and especially Laurence Cox (who with Maria Griffin offers a groundbreaking article on the history of Irish Buddhism) for their editing and hosting of the conference about which I blogged fifteen or so months ago. My own research has been very rewarding on such a fresh topic. As Professor Cox noted, the cycle from Samhain 2009 for the NUI Maynooth (my blog entry) conference on Alternative Spiritualities in Ireland (NUIM link) to the publication of selected proceedings Imbolc 2011 symbolizes an appropriate arc.
Here's the publisher's overview:
Until recently, Irish religion has been seen as defined by Catholic power in the South and sectarianism in the North. In recent years, however, both have been shaken by widespread changes in religious practice and belief, the rise of new religious movements, the revival of magical-devotionalism, the arrival of migrant religion and the spread of New Age and alternative spirituality.
This book is the first to bring together researchers exploring all these areas in a wide-ranging overview of new religion in Ireland. Chapters explore the role of feminism, Ireland as global ‘Celtic’ homeland, the growth of Islam, understanding the New Age, evangelicals in the Republic, alternative healing, Irish interest in Buddhism, channelled teachings and religious visions.
This book will be an indispensable handbook for professionals in many fields seeking to understand Ireland’s increasingly diverse and multicultural religious landscape, as well as for students of religion, sociology, psychology, anthropology and Irish Studies. Giving an overview of the shape of new religion in Ireland today and models of the best work in the field, it is likely to remain a standard text for many years to come.