Brianna Parkins onstage at the Rose of Tralee:  If she had called for the retention of the Eighth Amendment, would media people be queuing up to congratulate her, and to offer her a drink?

Let’s think about the word “brave”. We could apply it to people who work as doctors and medical personnel in Aleppo, where last month alone, there wer(...)

Newly crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney, the Chicago Rose,  in the rose garden at Tralee Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The reality of what it means to be the Rose of Tralee only dawned on Maggie McEldowney when she saw the morning newspapers. Almost without exception (...)

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins has called for the eighth amendment of the Constitution on abortion to be repealed.  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus.

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins has called for the eighth amendment of the Constitution on abortion to be repealed. Ms Parkins (25) made the call on sta(...)

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