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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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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| January 19, 2017

Injustice for all We’ve grown accustomed to it by now, grown used to seeing them, standing outside the courthouse, ashen-faced, barely able to comprehend what they’ve just heard. Their beloved, their son, daughter, mother or father, the person who experienced untold pain, untold anguish, had suffered for nothing. Having campaigned for justice, appealed to the […]

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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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