Current Affairs

A victory for equality – of sorts?

Last week the people of Ireland (or at least 62% of those who voted) chose to legalise same-sex marriage. It was a historic referendum for many reasons. Possibly a one-of-a-kind referendum for this country. What made this referendum different to others? You only have to look at the turnout to see how much more important this one […]

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10 reasons why I’m going to vote Yes for Marriage Equality

On May 22nd 2015, the Irish people will vote on whether to change the constitution to specifically allow for marriage between two people of the same sex.  The proposed amendment is to add the following: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” Essentially, the effects […]

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Ireland | Irish Life

A hint of summer

Post-nap afternoon snack.  We sit in the garden with bowls of sour creamy yoghurt and crunchy just-cooled granola.  In a spot carefully chosen out of the shade, so we can feel the dying heat of the sun on our faces.   Washing flaps overhead, under a blue sky criss-crossed with wispy airplane trails. A slight chill in […]

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Featured | Irish Life | Linky | Parenthood

Christmas memories past and future

Linking up with the Christmas memories linky over on Dr How’s Science Wows…   Christmas is a memorable time of year – for children in particular.  It’s the most magical holiday of them all where feats of sheer impossibility become achievable in one night.  There’s all the sparkle and glitter; from a tastefully minimalist tree, to obscenely decadent flashing […]

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Microsoft phone scam: How to beat the scammer?

Have you heard of the Microsoft phone scam? My father hadn’t! The Rascal had just started lashing into his dinner of pasta while I stirred the rest and added the adult-only extras. With typical timing, my phone started ringing. It was my father. “Some Chinese person from Microsoft rang me to say that our PC had […]

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Irish Life

The beeping smoke alarm

I’m not too sure exactly what’s going on in this dream I appear to be having, but one thing is definitely registering strongly.  I’m aware of an incessant beep that permeates each level of my consciousness as I start to rise up from what was a pleasantly deep and much needed sleep.  Now I’m awake, […]

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Irish Life

It’s all about the chicks – a commute on dublin bus

It’s your typical evening in Dublin city centre and commuters are streaming along the roads in all directions. A significant proportion will commute home with Dublin Bus. Crowds congregate at bus stops and then disperse off into the waiting buses which trundle off to their ultimate destinations. As usual, calculating the best mode of transport […]

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Irish Life

Bowled over

So there I am, just two weeks into my new job, walking up the road with two colleagues on our way back from getting a sandwich in the local convenience store. We navigate the busy junctions with no pedestrian lights and stroll back up the hill towards work – what will no doubt become a […]

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Irish Life | Places

Ikea – the Swedish King of Furniture

I’ve done my fair share of constructing flat-pack cabinets, and browsing aisles piled to the roof with random implements I can’t figure out a name or use for. Somehow though, I was never sufficiently motivated enough to go to the effort of travelling afar in search of amazing bargains to that great superstore in the […]

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Irish Life

The great ice age of 2010

The cold snap we were experiencing at Christmas slowly progressed into an ice age that held parts of the country frozen in time for days. Outdoors, the world had been transformed into into something unrecognisable, with a thick layer of ice and snow blanketing everything. It was suddenly commonplace for there to be sheets of ice lurking around every corner, just waiting to catch an unsuspecting victim. Despite the instinct to hibernate until the worst was over, the weather really wasn’t all that bad – the real problem was being unprepared for something that only happens once in a blue moon in this country. It’s hard to criticise people for being poor at driving in these conditions when they don’t get much practise, and the roads are poorly gritted, if at all.

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