Over 4,000 members of the Fine Gael party gathered at the National Convention Centre last night for the start of the 76th Fine Gael Ard Fheis, the first to be held since the party rose to power last year. Hundreds of members of the party’s large youth wing, Young Fine Gael, were set to attend. Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the weekend, which will see him make two addresses to party members, including one be televised live on RTÉ1 TV (Sat night, 8:30pm), as “critically important”. Key issues on the agenda for the weekend include [...]
Residential Assistants (RAs): they’re not really people are they? Legend has it that they arose in the Land of No Craic; a morbid place where everyone cuddles up in bed as the sun sets, where the only thing less common than alcohol is a smile, and where loud music has been banned since Mozart started getting rowdy. The RAs were so good at having no craic that they were sent forth to spread their creed throughout the campus residences. They have a personal vendetta against you, they want to make [...]
As the end of term looms I, like many other post grads am looking for a real job – in computing or IT as the HR types call it. The time of doing casual work that require nothing more than a name badge, a clean shirt and a sound grasp of Slavonic obscenities is at an end. It is evident though that the vast majority of the consultants, experts and worthies who never tire of telling of us the panglossian brilliance of the IT sector have, for the most part, [...]
Reputation is a very important thing in football. Players have been known to get multi-million euro transfers simply because of one good season, while managers are considered hot property at the drop of a hat. In fact, reputation is so powerful that Kenny Dalglish still has a job at Liverpool. Every football fan worth their salt knows how much King Kenny has done for the club. In the late eighties he guided them to three league titles and two FA Cup wins in five years. When he resigned citing health [...]
“GODDAM YOU FACEBOOK!” It’s 5 o’ clock in the morning. I’ve just stumbled into my house, staggered upstairs, cold, half-empty curry chips in hand, only to log onto Facebook and discover that I’ve been tagged in yet another photo where my eyes are closed and I look like I’m about to knock one out. “That’s it Facebook, I’ve had enough of your crap, I’m leaving!” I roar, my booming voice echoing across the night sky, sending a shiver down the spine of all who hear it. “Paul, wait,” Facebook pleads. [...]
John Spillane, A Rock To Cling To “Everybody needs a rock to cling to,” croons John Spillane in his distinctive Cork tones. A song with John Spillane is like going into another, much nicer, world for all too brief a time. A singer, songwriter, poet and dreamer, John weaves beautiful soundscapes for his listeners to escape into. A Rock To Cling To is the title track of his seventh solo album. John is a passionate advocate of the Irish language, and he jokes that some people think that A Rock To Cling To [...]
Video game retailer, Game, today announced that it will close 277 stores throughout Ireland and the UK resulting in a loss of over 2000 jobs. The move comes as the company enters administration. The chain’s collapse will see the closure of 14 stores in the south – 8 in Dublin, two in Cork and stores based in Galway, Limerick, Athlone and Monaghan. 20 Game branches are also set to close in Northern Ireland resulting in a job loss of approximately 160. Image from here.
Eoghan O’Sullivan, who blogs about music at The Point Of Everything, takes us through the Irish music that’s been getting his ears all excited this week, and nearly wishes it was winter again.
Dublin City University Students’ Union has cancelled its Tuesday late night bar extension as a result of anti-social behaviour, which prompted complaints from local residents. The night, renamed ‘Tuesdays at the Hub’ following complaints earlier this year, was cancelled in the interest of the safety of students, an email circulated to DCU students said. “DCUSU and indeed DCU aim to and pursue providing DCU students with a safe social environment and unfortunately Tuesday Nights have been causing so many issues that it no longer provides this environment”, the email from DCUSU exec [...]
Let’s be honest, we all get stressed every now and then. Whether brought about by the looming threat of assignments and exams, pressures faced at home or a traumatic experience, stress and anxiety levels can reach alarming heights. As individuals, we will do absolutely anything to avoid unpleasant experiences in life. We do this because we don’t want to suffer any heartache. The so-called “experts” advise us to take up activities and hobbies to distract us from the trials and tribulations of life. But is this the right thing to do? [...]
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