Wouldn't you get heart-sick of Christmas all the same? writes Donal O'Keeffe. This Christmas seems to have been going on now forever. It was certainly well-underway long before the Americans decided that 83 years was long enough of a break between...
I swore I wasn’t going to write about the Eighth Amendment this week. I wrote about the historical context of Ireland’s utterly dysfunctional attitude to women only two weeks ago and nobody wants to listen to a broken record. No,...
Character references and courtroom displays of support for convicted sex offenders are worthless, and serve no other purpose than to re-traumatise victims. They queued up to shake Danny Foley’s hand, that day in the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee, dozens...
Dr James Deeny defied Church and State in 1940s Ireland to temporarily close Cork’s Bessborough mother and baby home. The subsequent drop in the home’s infant mortality rate suggests Deeny’s intervention saved literally hundreds of children’s lives, writes Donal...
“No one may dare alter the truths of the Holocaust, no matter how noble his motives.” By Donal O’Keeffe. Boy did John Boyne get his answer. On Twitter earlier this month, the Irish author most famous for his schmaltzy 2006 international...
Former Garda Majella Moynihan – who says she is the only person in the world to be charged with giving birth - talks with Donal O’Keeffe about feeling pressured into giving up her baby, about the book she has...
“They took my hair, they took my human rights, they took my clothes, they took my name, but they never took my spirit” - Mary Merritt Mary Merritt was born in 1931 to a single mother in a Dublin workhouse....
Bridget Dolan was 26 years old when she entered the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. It was 1946, and Bridget was pregnant, alone, and terrified. She had no idea she would one day become a figure of considerable historical...
Sheila was 19 when she was imprisoned in 1976 for the crime of 'falling pregnant'. She was enslaved and subjected to appalling cruelty, and her baby was stolen. Had not her Daddy rescued her from the prison to which...
John Prine often sang about going to heaven, and now, as he makes that final journey, some fans and friends - among them President Higgins - share their thoughts with Donal O’Keeffe. I think the first time I heard a...

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