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Donal Lynch: Maeve stirred up love with a long spoon . . .

AMID the outpourings of grief last week it's notable, if unsurprising, that the majority of tributes to Maeve Binchy came from ordinary women.

She emerged, after all, from what was then sniffily referred to as 'the women's pages' of journalism, and wrote books that were understood to be primarily for nanas, aunties and mammies.

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