Life & Literature 

Suicide – Reasons to Live

Near where I live, there is a long bridge. One Sunday morning I was walking over it and noticed a young man taking off his socks and placing them in his trainers. A woman approached him and as I got closer she told me the young man wanted to kill himself. I placed my...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Q&A – Declan Henry, author of Trans Voices with Fiona Audley Managing Editor at The Irish Post newspaper.

‘Trans Voices – Becoming Who You Are’ by Declan Henry: Q&A – Declan Henry, author of Trans Voices with Fiona Audley Managing Editor at The Irish Post newspaper Bronze Winner for the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the category of Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans...

Huffington Post – The difference between being Gay and Trans

Up until 2015, I’d never met a transgender person. Most of my gay friends hadn’t either, except for some who encountered drag artists in pubs. I'm unsure whether this is indicative of the larger gay community but if so, maybe it’s because whilst the gay and trans...

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...

Islam In Ireland

Currently 63,000 Muslims live in Ireland which makes Islam the third largest religion in the country after Catholicism and the Church of Ireland. More than half of live in Dublin and nearly 50 percent are Irish citizens. Muslims fall into four main groups – Sunni,...

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...

Quakerism in Ireland

My first attendance at a Quaker service consisted of sixteen of us sitting around in a circle. The sun shone across the room as we closed our eyes and settled our minds. Although I could hear traffic in the background, mingled with the sound of birds in the courtyard,...

The Thing About December

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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...

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