Sunday 24 September 2017

This Man's Life: A child-rearing gender gap storm rages over St Helen's Bay

The beach near Rosslare, Co Wexford. Picture: Getty
The beach near Rosslare, Co Wexford. Picture: Getty
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

If my wife Aoife is a very young 40 years of age, then I am a very old 49. After this holiday in undeniably beautiful Wexford, however, I can say without fear of exaggeration that I feel like a very young 79-year-old.

My father died at 82. So I feel I have perhaps three good years left in me after this so-called break.

I agree with Tony Parsons. The great transforming experience of a man's lifetime is fatherhood. But sometimes - like right now - I'm just not up to fatherhood. I am dying on my feet here.

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