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Intense encounter: Ailbhe Griffith

Ailbhe Griffith tells Linda Stewart about coming face to face with the man who raped her 

Ailbhe Griffith was just 21 when she was sexually assaulted on her way home from work. Nine years later, on what she calls 'a wonderful day', she confronted her attacker. A screening of a film of that encounter, with Ailbhe, now 35, playing herself, takes place at the QFT in Belfast on Monday as part of Restorative Justice Week. Here, Ailbhe tells Linda Stewart how the momentous meeting helped her find closure.

Chanelle McCoy

'When our son had heart surgery at six months old I fell to pieces, but AP was incredible. He was used to being in hospitals and looking at scans and dealing with medics, and he took the mantle during this time' 

If you carry your childhood with you, playwright Tom Stoppard once said, "you never become older". Chanelle McCoy recalls her earliest childhood memory "was tearing around the roads on the outskirts of Loughrea in her dad's car while he was visiting all the farmers testing the cattle. The farmers' wives used to always take me into their house for orange and biscuits while dad attended to the animals".

Veteran Canon Walter Lewis cleric: priest and journalist Fr Brian D’Arcy

Father Brian D’Arcy: ‘I regret not being married and having a family but that wasn’t possible... but I don’t regret being a priest’ 

Fr Brian D'Arcy was born in Co Fermanagh in June 1945 into a working-class family of four - two boys and two girls. He went to a small, rural primary school in Arney, near Enniskillen, which was demolished years ago and is now part of a graveyard. His parents sent him to school in Omagh aged nine to have an opportunity to sit the 11-plus. He lived with an aunt and, after passing the exam, he returned home and attended St Michael's College in Enniskillen. At 17, in 1962, he joined the novitiate of the Passionists, at the Graan Monastery in Fermanagh, and was ordained in December 1969. Next year, he will mark 50 years as a priest. He has also been a journalist and broadcaster since the mid-1960s.

Screen hero: Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck in the movie Armageddon

The end is nigh? 

Not with a bang but a whimper. TS Eliot's bleak prediction of the way the world will end. Poet John Cooper Clarke cheekily tweaked it: Not with a bang but a Wimpy. We are capable of eating our way into extinction. If not through outright obesity then on account of the sheer mass of cows. Bovine emissions now outstrip cars, ships, trains and planes combined. Burgers are killing the planet a bite at a time. Just like "sleepwalking" into the First World War for lack of a sufficiently powerful attachment to peace, so too we have a lurking fondness for apocalypse. The End is Nigh is now a video game.

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