Readers' blog: Liam Neeson has been judged far too harshly

An egregious crime was committed on a close friend of Liam Neeson who was extremely upset for the person experiencing trauma. 

He has, himself coped and lived with the loss. Loss, grief and trauma unite us in common.

He was nevertheless a good friend toward us here. 

And Liam Neeson was not a fair-weather friend.

Rage was expressed when he portrayed the lead acting role in the film Michael Collins, just as rage got expressed, also officially from the neighbours, at the film: Some Mother’s Son. 

We were being told there were topics we had to avoid here. Nonetheless, actors like Neeson abided.

Neeson won an Oscar award for his portrayal of Oskar Schindler, a man who made mistakes and who also did good work for others and who felt for others against whom a great crime was committed.

There are more than 60m refugees globally — with little sign this number will soon become less. 

Thirteen million Yemenis live everyday at risk of famine. 

The near neighbour at war in Yemen receives vast amounts of modern, up to date weapons costing hundreds of billions of dollars, much bought from oil revenues.

It has been known since the late 1940s and 1950s that burning oil for heat, industry and transport contributes to the heating of the atmosphere and to the rising of the oceans and the melting of ice fields.

A great quantity of plastic is in our oceans and affects aquatic life in every ocean, including plastic cutlery and paper cups. 

Before we acquire a taste for judging someone harshly it might do no harm beforehand to glimpse in a mirror.

Tom Ryan


Co Limerick

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