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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| April 27, 2017

Hell hath no fury There are many things in life which scare me. Enclosed spaces, owls, the music of Nathan Carter, the thought of dying alone. But one thing scares me like no other. And, unlike the aforementioned, there is no real way of avoiding this thing, of dealing with it or even escaping from […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| April 20, 2017

The fat of the land It began on Tuesday morning. I awoke early, earlier than usual, and immediately knew something wasn’t right. I was sweating profusely, yet shivered as if cold. My stomach felt sick, my limbs ached and my head seemed ready to explode. This wasn’t good. Had I been drinking? Fallen off the […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| April 13, 2017

Losing our religion As I sit here, writing this column, there are three different forms on my kitchen table waiting to be filled out. They’ve been there a while, left out in the open so I won’t forget them. And I haven’t forgotten them, I think about them all the time. I think about how […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| April 6, 2017

No pain, no gain Sometimes, when funds are low, I go for a little wander round the supermarkets. With nary a penny to my name, I don’t go there to check what deals are on offer or what succulent cut of meat I might have for the dinner. No, I go there to see if […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| March 30, 2017

The Holy Trinity I grew up in the countryside, in a typical Irish village; one pub, one chipper, a church and a national school. It was quiet without being remote, not a ‘back of beyond, arse-end of nowhere’ type place, where the nearest neighbour lives nine fields yonder west and the postman has to dig […]

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Is rural Ireland in decline?

Is rural Ireland in decline?

| March 27, 2017

Ahead of Wednesday’s ‘Building Rural Communities – Lessons from Sport’ conference at MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus, Thurles the opinion of people in rural areas were canvassed as to how challenged these communities are now. The conference takes place at 7p.m. and will have speakers including Pat Spillane, Anna May McHugh,  John ‘Bull’ Hayes and Michael […]

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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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