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Wounded Heart

Wounded Heart

Why do you keep coming back? We are from different layers of the stratosphere, which makes us at odds of ever aligning. My soul craves yours, but my cry is met with indifference. Self-inflicted loneliness can be torture, but I love you and always have despite, at...

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To Be a Transman

To Be a Transman

The 2021 census (excluding Scotland) showed that 262,000 (0.5%) of the population declared their gender identity different to their birth gender. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights estimates that at least one out of every fifteen people in Europe has a gender...

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Islam & Homosexuality – Asrar Rashid Podcast

Islam & Homosexuality – Asrar Rashid Podcast

A Recent Podcast with Asrar Rashid on Islam & Homosexuality - please follow this LINK or copy and paste https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpKBRIUXDGs Declan Henry is a creative non-fiction writer and comes from a distinguished academic background. He studied at two...

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Freemasonry

Freemasonry

Freemasonry is often shrouded in mystery based on myths, misconceptions and hearsay with most people knowing hardly anything about its history or purpose.  Britain has over 200,000 members meeting in almost 7,000 Lodges. In Ireland’s 32 counties, there are around...

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Irish Travellers

Irish Travellers

‘Irish Traveller’ is a state-imposed term. The Traveller community instead refer to themselves as ‘Pavee’ or ‘Mincéir’, which are words from Shelta (otherwise called ‘Cant’ or ‘Gammon’), the Irish Traveller language. Travellers have been in Ireland since pre-Celtic...

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Viktor

Viktor

Viktor was born in 1996 in Moldova, where being gay is still controversial, taboo, and unacceptable. Moldova is an ex-communist country with traditional views about family, sexuality, and gender. Being gay is something to be ashamed of, and gay people often fear...

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Suicide – Reasons to Live

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...

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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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