Deirdre Conroy pictured at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, in 2002, for an Irish Times article concerning her work as an architectural historian. “I haven’t spoken of the long shadow cast over the last 11 years because I didn’t know it would turn out like this.” Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

I write for The Irish Times for the first time as Deirdre Conroy, having retained my anonymity since February 2002 when I wrote in my former Irish nam(...)