If you wanted to find a crucible in which to grind down the mental health of men, women and especially children, homelessness would do the job just(...)

When I was in secondary school I got a summer job testing wheat in Leinster Mills, near Naas. Farmers brought their wheat from the fields, I stuck (...)

Sometimes John has a couple of drinks in the evening. Sometimes he has nothing alcoholic at all. Once a week, though, he drinks a full bottle of wine.(...)

When I’m feeling down and some grinning idiot smirks “Cheer up, it’ll never happen,” I feel tempted to smack the smirk off his face. If I ever succumb(...)

I learned about the value of the pause when I was a guest of a gracious and wealthy poet in her house in London. Her house was big enough to have its (...)

A typical cycle of abuse is a rise in tension, followed by an explosion, followed by what’s called the “hearts and flowers” stage

What is going on with men who emotionally abuse women? I wondered this for the thousandth time when reading the latest Women’s Aid report on domest(...)

I was taken aback recently to read that 41 per cent of workers in the US don’t use up all of their holiday time. This is on top of the fact that 23 pe(...)

I once knew a man of whom the most frequently used description was “ignorant”. If you got a grunt out of him, you would be doing well. He was one of t(...)

Going through old photographs after my mother’s death, I came across a picture of her father, William Murphy, who lived in Caragh, near Naas in Co (...)

I had not heard of feminazis for some time until I saw the term in a tweet recently. I think the phrase used was “jackbooted feminazis” which is how i(...)