Emotion of eulogies at funerals upsets the stressed-out Hierarchy

Over the last few years, like many other people, I have attended a number of funerals and listened to heartfelt eulogies; from a father about to bury his 18-year-old son; from a half-weeping/half-laughing woman recalling her mother; from a sister paying tribute to a brother who was her inseparable companion in childhood; to a gay man saying a passionate goodbye... Read More

Posted: 01 April 2000


Broken people. Book Review. Suffer the Little Children: The Inside Story of Ireland's Industrial Schools. By Mary Raftery and Eoin O'Sullivan.

Baltimore, West Cork: Sunny summers, sailing, excellent food. For some Irish people, however, "Baltimore" means a train journey made during the second World War: "We got the train down and the journey took most of the day. It was getting dark when we arrived (there was a station platform in the Baltimore school grounds), but there was still enough light to... Read More

Posted: 11 December 1999


Things fall apart . . .Book Review. The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstruction of Social Order by Francis Fukuyama.

Consider the following: Approximately half of all marriages contracted in the 1980s in the US could be expected to end in divorce. In the last 25 years rapid increases in the rate of births to single mothers have taken place in virtually all OECD countries, in the US accounting for one in every three births and in Scandinavia over half... Read More

Posted: 12 June 1999


The Passionate Psychologist. Interview by Eileen Battersby

RACING between her offices at the Law Reform Commission and Government Buildings while also lecturing at Trinity College, writing articles and appearing on television and radio psychologist Maureen Gaffney lives in a perpetual rush. She would have to considering the amount of professional commitments she has. Yet somehow her frenetic pace is matched by deliberation, intelligence, meticulous preparation and common... Read More

Posted: 17 October 1996