Our Lives Out Loud - by Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan
11/08/2009

When Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan met it was love. It has been love through twenty-seven years together. But that love had consequences which brought this couple to the High Court, and beyond.

Online PR News – 08-November-2009 – – They met at Boston College. Returning to Ireland, their relationship had to be kept secret. Jobs were at stake, and elevation to positions of authority could be jeopardised.

What would happen if one of them died? Only a married couple received the support of the state in such circumstances.

Ireland rejected their Canadian marriage and they had to make a huge decision: to go public and fight or to stay quiet and suffer the consequences? Here they offer their deeply personal story – out loud for all to read.

Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Media Comments

'a book about absolute optimism and courage.' Clare People

‘Our Lives Out Loud is animated by the idealistic spirit of these two women’ Sunday Business Post

About the Authors

ANN LOUISE GILLIGAN, PhD was appointed to the staff of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, in 1976, and has worked in the area of teacher education at undergraduate and post-graduate level for the past thirty years. She established and directed its Educational Disadvantage Centre, and has lectured and published on the philosophy of the imagination, philosophies of difference and educational equality. In 2001, she was appointed by the Irish Minister for Education to establish and chair the National Education Welfare Board. Ann Louise loves travel, wine, jazz and golf on a good day.

KATHERINE ZAPPONE, PhD is an independent public policy consultant and educator. Appointed by the Minister for Justice, she has served as a Commissioner on the Irish Human Rights Commission since 2001. She taught Practical Theology in Trinity College Dublin, has lectured widely throughout Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States and has written extensively on matters related to ethics, spirituality, equality and human rights. She learned the art of public policy as Chief Executive of the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Katherine loves fast cars, singing and good food, which she walks off in the Dublin hills.

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