Diarmaid Ferriter: Hospices show how State leans too heavily on volunteers

Too many of our basic services are supplied and funded by voluntary organisations

Attending a wake recently, I was reminded of the regular assertion that the Irish do death well.

  • The Irish Times

The author Kevin Toolis, whose family has lived off the coast of Mayo for two centuries, wrote powerfully on this subject in his 2017 book My Father’s Wake.

Although his father Sonny’s heart had stopped “his death had only just begun.

Sonny’s body would be with us amidst his children, his clan, his people, till the grave . . . to be truly human is to bear the…

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