Category Archives: Dublin

Cities are for people, not cars

Two Mondays ago, as I rummaged in the kitchen for something that could be passed off as dinner, a man lost his life 100 yards from my front door. He was crossing the road on foot when a vehicle struck … Continue reading

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Music festivals: at what age can we stop pretending this is fun?

All over Ireland, thousands of people are facing into months of anxiety and trauma. These are people for whom summer is marred by feelings of regret, despair and self-loathing. They are society’s hidden victims: people in their 30s and 40s … Continue reading

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Let’s not pretend the 1916 Rising was about water charges or smashing the patriarchy

Which moment of the 1916 Rising will you most celebrate: the bit when The O’Rahilly charged down Moore Street shouting about Irish Water, or the bit when Padraig Pearse used his last breath to berate the British for the lack … Continue reading

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Paris to Malawi – can the world grasp its moment of hope?

Paris is in mourning but the dry fields of Malawi offer an unlikely source of inspiration as the city tries to recover. Continue reading

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The sport that dare not speak its name: The curious history of the League of Ireland

This weekend sees the resumption of one of Ireland’s most curious seasonal events. Across the country people will gather at various locations to scream and shout at institutions whose foundations pre-date the State. If the kick-off of the 2015 League … Continue reading

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Retaining the Seanad: Ireland’s love of second houses

How times change: the last government tried to convince us all to buy second houses in Bulgaria, this one seems to think we can’t even afford two on Kildare Street. The defeat of the referendum to abolish the Seanad has … Continue reading

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Why if you care about courgettes you will vote No in the Seanad referendum

Save money! Fire politicians! Kick the elite! The Government’s populist campaign to abolish the Seanad has fallen just short of guaranteeing ice cream and trips to Disneyland for all. When you see Enda Kenny talking about saving €20m and giving … Continue reading

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