Gerry Kavanagh: ‘I’ve had traumatic experiences while in the Army, but this is worse.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The daily beatings that a Galway man says he endured in school for being left-handed continue to be a source of trauma for him more than 50 years late(...)

Kyna Rushe, special educational needs  co-ordinator at Naul National School, Naul, Co. Dublin, with left-handed students Alannah, Róisín, Aaron, JP, Heather, Harry and Jack. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Ciotóg, claw hand, wrong hand – historically left-handedness was seen as a curse. The word “left” has long been associated with wrongness or devianc(...)