Tuesday March 31, 2020

An inspiring journey lessened by overload of earnestness

Uncertainty, combined with an overload of earnestness, mars Lynn Ruane’s memoir – but its obvious warmth and compassion still show that Irish public life could indeed do with more people like her

23rd September, 2018
Lynn Ruane: commendable honesty but also some punches being pulled Pic: Paul Sharp

Memoir: People Like Me, By Lynn Ruane, Gill Books, €16.95

When Lynn Ruane became pregnant at the age of 15, she decided to return to school and study for the Junior Cert. On her first day back, a female staff member told her: “You have wasted your life. You know that, don’t you?” She felt shocked, angry, deflated – and secretly terrified that the woman might be right.

As Ruane’s...

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