Sunday 4 December 2016

Nativity drama playing out in every Irish family is changing our society

Published 30/12/2015 | 02:30

'Irish women are having fewer babies and they’re having them later in life.' (Picture posed)
'Irish women are having fewer babies and they’re having them later in life.' (Picture posed)

Do you remember 'The Snapper'? Roddy Doyle's classic second book of the Barrytown Trilogy, published in 1990, revolves around the Rabbitte family and the teenage pregnancy of Sharon Rabbitte.

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Written in the late 1980s, it is a familiar tale about a family dealing with a teenage pregnancy and how the birth of the Snapper itself brings the family closer.

When I was a teenager, teen pregnancies were the stuff of growing up, like drinking in fields, 12-inch singles and smoking your first Major.

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