There's no going back to the days when the church had a stranglehold on society
Published 01/02/2014 | 02:30
HER passing is a reminder of how Ireland in many ways has changed beyond all recognition in the past half century.
Betty Cooper, who died some days ago at the age of 86, was described in one obituary as a "modest jolly Protestant shopkeeper", who had become unwittingly ensnared in one of the great dramas of 1957.
That was the year of the infamous Fethard-on-Sea boycott. But in all the intervening decades it was not something Betty much liked to talk about.