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No Fears

No Fears

This is an old piece of writing from many years ago – a classic by today’s standards. But the collection of poems by Dympna has survived the test of time. I hope you enjoy them. NO FEARS Poetry by Dympna Connaire Preface by Declan Henry Declan Henry’s commentary on...

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Homeless Young People

Homeless Young People

I was in London recently and passed the old night shelter in Dean Street in Soho where I did voluntary work with young homeless people in the1990s. Here is an article I wrote 10 years ago about my experiences. Centrepoint remains the country’s leading national charity...

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Human Rights for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Human Rights for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Right-wing populist political figures along with some tabloid press often portray refugees and asylum seekers in a negative light. Dishonest information is disseminated, insinuating these people are bogus and have come here for a better life, free housing and to cheat...

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Paintings of the Virgin Mary

Paintings of the Virgin Mary

The term ‘Our Lady’ is most frequently used by Catholics when referring to Mary, mother of Jesus. Our Lady features a handful of times in the gospels but her personality traits, background and life are given little mention – although her patience is sometimes...

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Omari

Omari

The room was dark. I could still hear him breathing. I was sitting in an armchair at the bottom of the bed, trying my best to remain awake, but eventually, I succumbed to exhaustion and fell asleep. For the three previous nights, I had slept on a mattress at the end...

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Prison Talk

Prison Talk

An Interview with Nick Hardwick CBE, Chief Inspector of PrisonsDeclan Henry – Social Worker and Author Nick Hardwick was appointed the Chief Inspector of Prisons in 2010. He has had an impressive career to date. Prior to his current role, he was the Chair of the...

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Irish Times – Book on transgender people

Irish Times – Book on transgender people

As a gay man, I became interested in transgender issues for two reasons. The first was that before I started researching the subject I did not know any trans person and the second was that I wanted to discover the real reasons why people are dissatisfied with their...

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The Prophet Muhammad

The Prophet Muhammad

For as long as I have known Muslims, I have been aware of their unwavering love and respect for the founder of their beloved religion. This has been a pleasure to observe, especially at times when their religion has been under criticism and provoked feelings of fear...

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The number of children who get diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) continues to rise every year. It is reasonable to wonder how this came about since the condition wasn’t even heard of thirty years ago. It is also worth considering how past...

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Ramadan

Ramadan

A delayed flight from Aberdeen to London resulted in me missing the last train home to Kent. Getting a taxi resulted in an unexpected conversation about Islam with the driver. Salman, a British-born Bengali, in his thirties, worked during the day in a professional...

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