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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| March 23, 2017

The Final Act I’m not sure when it happened, or how long it took to fully take effect, but I’ve come to the realisation that one of the most important relationships in my life, perhaps the most important, has undergone a complete role-reversal. Where once I was the child, now I am the parent. Or […]

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Skinny jeans do no cause back pain says UL researcher

Skinny jeans do no cause back pain says UL researcher

| March 19, 2017

by Dr Mary O’Keeffe PhD, Health Research Institute, University of Limerick There has been a recent claim in the media that skinny jeans, handbags, coats with large fluffy hoods, high heels and backless shoes (e.g. mules) can cause back pain and that women should be careful of these items. This was revealed following a poll performed by […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| March 16, 2017

The best of both worlds Open up your Facebook page there for a second. Now, scroll down; past the videos of the funny babies, the incoherent ramblings of people you’ve never met and the requests to pray for the angels in heaven. Keep scrolling until you see some pictures, the ones posted by your friends […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| March 9, 2017

The kindness of strangers Do you know what I’d love? A trip to Vegas. A fortnight in Sin City. An entire two weeks of debauchery and decadence, of gambling, boozing and whoring, acting the gobshite, doing my level best to get arrested. A holiday which would either kill me or provide enough memories to last […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| March 2, 2017

Nothing is sacred Every year, around this time, a debate begins. It goes on for a few months, back and forth, mostly one-sided, until the designated losers give up and crawl back under the rock from which they emerged. And every year, despite previous defeats, those same losers reappear, ready to fight anew, determined not […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| February 23, 2017

It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at There’s something I have to tell you, something I know you’re not going to like. It’s going to upset you, maybe even disgust you, but it’s time I came clean, time I revealed my dirty, shameful secret. So here goes. I don’t really like rugby. I’m […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| February 16, 2017

Get in the ring It was to be the best birthday ever. A new stereo. My own stereo. Finally. We gathered round this monstrous contraption, the whole family, studying it solemnly, wondering just what kind of sorcery it was capable of. My mother, as was her wont, tried to take over, connecting things that didn’t […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| February 9, 2017

It’s not supposed to be like this I hate going to the doctor, really hate it. The oppressive silence of the waiting room as you wait for your name to be called out. Furtively shielding your face whenever someone coughs or snuffles. The cold steel of the stethoscope as you breathe in and out like […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| February 2, 2017

By any means necessary What price would you put on your education? On your child’s education? Is it worth more than your dignity, your soul? Could you endure routine humiliation, a loss of virtue and respect, just to get that third-level qualification? Would it not just be easier to drop out? These are the kind […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| January 26, 2017

SWEETENING THE DEAL Back in the crisp, autumnal days of 2016, when I first began writing this column, I had but two resolutions. The first was; don’t moan too much. Don’t become another miserable doomsayer, grumbling and grousing, never a good word to say about anything. There’s enough of those types in our national media […]

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