You must see this film

Philip Boucher-Hayes

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On Saturday night I was talking to Sean O’Byrne at the premiere of a film in the IFI. He is Christina Noble’s brother and the film was about her work and how it developed out of the injustice of their early lives.

I bought Sean a drink and we were chatting away happily when we were joined by a very pleasant, charming and well spoken man in his early sixties. They shook hands and Sean said without hesitation, “I can see your story is the same as mine.”

The hair stood up on the back of my neck. There was nothing in this man’s appearance that would suggest an early life of abuse at the hands of the church and the sadness of a family ripped apart by malign figures in officialdom. But Sean spotted it straight away.

They walk among us, that generation of poor children turned hurt adults…

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