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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| January 12, 2017

Home is where the heart is In the last twenty years, the population of Ireland has risen by more than 30 per cent. After a period of relative stability, when the figure hovered around the three and half million mark, a sudden, dramatic spike occurred at the turn of the century. A thriving economy and […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| January 5, 2017

A little less conversation Those halcyon days are now but a memory. Booze-filled nights, chocolate-centred hangovers; the halls decked full of holly, your riddled liver tested to its very limit. Caring not about the future, living only for merriment, presents and good times. But, despite your best efforts, night has followed day, Christmas has morphed […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| December 22, 2016

UL’s got you covered AS a registered student of the University of Limerick I still get its emails. I get the ones about lost USB keys, about on-campus bike mechanics and about international buddy programmes. I get them all and, like everyone else, I ignore every last one of them. But last week I got […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| December 15, 2016

A man’s world I was in hospital this week (nothing serious, just a minor procedure, thanks for asking). And, as ever, the staff were an absolute delight. They may be overworked and underpaid, hampered by a system not fit for purpose, but their professionalism remains unaffected. During my short stay, I came into contact with […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| December 8, 2016

Up in smoke NO SOONER had the news broke than the celebrations began. The people had waited a long time for this one, and they were in jubilant mood: “They’re after legalising weed, haha gwan Enda.” “Some buzz, gonna be like Amsterdam now.” “I’m off to the doctor’s in the morning lads, see if he’ll […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| December 1, 2016

The most wonderful time of the year HAVE you got everything yet? I bet you haven’t, I bet you haven’t even sent a card. So far, all you’ve done is buy a bottle of Baileys for your mam, drank the lot and then almost electrocuted yourself trying to put up the tree at four in […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| November 24, 2016

Frozen in time DEATH. It’s out there, waiting for us all, advancing slowly from the shadows. We can ignore it all we like, pretend it doesn’t exist, but all the while it creeps ever closer, counting down the days till it clasps us in its chilly embrace. Most of us will be lucky, we’ll live […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| November 18, 2016

Come in Mr Tubridy, your time is up I rarely watch live television these days; all those adverts and schedules, no thanks. Instead, like so many others of my generation, I choose to stream, download or record, watching my favourite shows on my own terms. Occasionally though, I will take a step back in time […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| November 10, 2016

Silence is golden You emerge from the dressing-room, pumped up and ready for action, the manager’s words still ringing in your ears. The opposition are already in the tunnel, your enemies, the obstacles to your success. Some of your team-mates exchange greetings with them, maybe even a joke, a laugh, but not you, this isn’t […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| November 3, 2016

One too many No sooner are our backs turned when they start discussing the important stuff. They wait until the time is right, until we’re preoccupied with forthcoming strikes and repealing the eighth, before sneaking into the Seanad on their tippie-toes, trying to pass a Bill that could ruin millions of lives. Luckily for you, […]

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