Friendships for men


A chara, – I was dumbfounded when I read Kate Holmquist’s striking assertion that “Friendship – female friendship in particular – has many benefits” (Life, October 1st).

As a man with many strong and close friendships with other men, I didn’t realise that my friendships were subordinate to friendships between women – what have I been missing?

More than 395 men died by suicide in 2010. This comment by Kate Holmquist, in a national newspaper, does not help these men to seek help and speak out. Friendship prevents loneliness, offers companionship, boosts happiness, improves self-worth and helps one cope with traumas. Surely, these benefits are achievable for both sexes? – Is mise,


Priory Grove,


Co Dublin.