The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, which was a home from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eighteen years ago, on May 11th, 1996, Padraig O’Morain wrote in this newspaper about a woman he called Eileen, whose baby was taken from her in a mot(...)

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A man who had given up the drink years previously told me it was the most selfish thing he had ever done. “And that’s the only reason it worked,” he a(...)

At this point in our psychological and social history, we are fairly used to the idea that what you see is not what you get. The tough and aggressive (...)