BOOKS: WE CAN’T SHOVE THIS STORY INTO THE PAST

The rapid modernisation of Ireland in recent years can easily hide the shadow of our very recent past. That modernisation is most notably marked by the introduction of marriage equality, and the repeal of the eighth amendment. These referendums, passed by two-thirds of the population, would have been unthinkable ten years ago. … More BOOKS: WE CAN’T SHOVE THIS STORY INTO THE PAST

BOOKS: CATHERINE KELLY REVIEWS ‘THE ACTRESS’

If you watched TV in Ireland in the late 2000s, you may remember the scene: a young man tears up a piece of soil with bare, muddied hands, lifts it to his nose and inhales. “We’ll miss your cooking in Berlin,” his German partner tells the young man’s mother over the breakfast table, “but at least they have Kerrygold there too.” … More BOOKS: CATHERINE KELLY REVIEWS ‘THE ACTRESS’

BOOKS: THE SEAMUS MALLON I KNEW …

Courage and generosity: those are the two words that come to mind when I think of Seamus Mallon. Courage because for twenty-five years between the 1970s and 1990s he spoke out ceaselessly against violence from whatever quarter it came, republican or loyalist or state forces. As a result he suffered constant threats (including death threats); physical attacks on him, his family and his home; intimidation and vilification. … More BOOKS: THE SEAMUS MALLON I KNEW …

E STANDS FOR EXCELLENCE AT THE ERSKINE HOME

Loving care is what it’s all about at The Erskine Home. By Democrat reporter This week the Care Inspectorate confirmed that Veterans’ charity Erskine, delivers excellent care and support to the Veterans residing in The Erskine Home, near Bishopton and Erskine Edinburgh Home, Gilmerton. The Care Inspectorate conducted a detailed audit, in line with the … More E STANDS FOR EXCELLENCE AT THE ERSKINE HOME