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Romantic Ireland's dead and gone: or is it?
  1. Frances Shiely
  1. Correspondence to Dr Frances Shiely, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, 4th Floor Western Gateway Building, Western Road, Cork, Ireland; f.shiely{at}ucc.ie

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‘Romantic Ireland's dead and gone, it's with O'Leary in the grave.’ For those who have read ‘September 1913’ by WB Yeats, you will be familiar with this lament. Its meaning—the way Ireland used to be—died with the old Irish heroes. Nevertheless, in the context of sex, or any matter related to sex, Ireland is very much as it used to be. Take the issue of contraception. The legalisation of contraception, including condoms, in Ireland in …

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