Ionbhá | Hardback | By Cillian Murphy

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  • Ionbhá: The Empathy Book for Ireland
  • Pages: 352
  • Format: Hardback
  • Author: Cillian Murphy
  • Publisher: Mercier Press
  • Publication date: 01 October 2022
  • Category: Mind, Body, Spirit
  • Size: 21.5 x 13.5cm
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Ionbhá: The Empathy Book for Ireland by Cillian Murphy 


Ionbhá or empathy is a core element of wisdom and a universal language of the soul. It brings joy to the everyday, making the unbearable bearable. “We need empathy in schools just as we need empathy in the world right now” - Cillian Murphy, Actor and Patron of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

The wide range of contributions to the publication Ionbhá act like a compass, guiding us on things that really matter in life. Reflections on empathy illuminate its healing properties, vividly opening our eyes to the countless ways in which its power can shape us all. This collection shows that no matter how big or small, empathetic actions have a massive impact. Although we rarely appreciate how these actions affect people and their communities, they often reverberate long after we act

72 contributors include Michael D. Higgins, Hozier, Tolü Makay, The Edge, Rachael Blackmore, Blindboy Boatclub, Mary Coughlan, Clodagh Finn, Katy Hyland, Imelda May, Brendan O’Connor, Louise O’Neill, Valery Biden Owens. Promotional Plans and

100% of all proceeds from the book will go directly to delivering the Activating Social Empathy education programme in Irish schools and youth work organisations.


“As we write a new chapter in our nation’s history, Ionbhá is an important and timely book with the potential to play a critical role in the creation of a more compassionate Ireland”. President Michael D. Higgins

“Without empathy, there is no love, no art, no democracy, no true society. This inspiring and life-affirming book helps us to understand not just what empathy is but how we can learn to practice it in our everyday lives”. Fintan O' Toole, The Irish Times

“This book shows how empathy across society is an anchor of humanity dignity and human rights”. Nada Youssef A. Al Nashif, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights


Cillian Murphy, Actor and Patron of UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway.


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