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November 29, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
January 17, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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We Irish have a long tradition of emigration. For generations, we have abided by the old saying, “if you can’t stand the heat, find another kitchen. A kitchen that’s not as hot. A bigger kitchen. A kitchen where they all speak English, preferably”. While the emigrants of famine times were setting off on their journeys never to return again, that’s not the case for those who left when the recession hit during the late noughties. You had lads, whose only previous time on an aeroplane was a trip to Santa Ponsa when they were eighteen, jetting off to Dubai, Australia, Canada etc. Those chancers were only mad to come home, […]

January 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Aidan Clarke
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Well 2016 with all your twists, turns and gasp aloud moments, thank you; hardly. So how was that? Or rather what hell was that? The ascension of, love him or loathe him, The Donald. Our nearest and dearest next door neighbour deciding to abscond from the European Union whilst whipping up a kerfuffle of chaos, much love Brexit. At home there was the interminable period of no government, maybe not much of a complaint to some, and the arrival on the international stage of two lads from Skibbereen who brought us all a bit of joy over the summer with their humorous tales of schteak, shpuds and general merriment in […]

January 14, 2017 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes
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It seems to be a rule in Irish culture, that there is always at least one aunt or grandmother that will consistently make a good-natured enquiry about your relationship status above all else, even your job, health or whether you actually enjoyed their Christmas pudding. If you’re a single pringle that may or may not be ready to mingle just yet, this process can be utterly gruelling, especially at Winter time, so how do you endure it? Get Away From The Small Talk Altogether Avoiding the tractor-beam stare of the relatives you only see twice a year isn’t easy, and obviously avoiding them – and other family members – isn’t […]

January 13, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny
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It’s that time again folks. A new year has arrived. Christmas is quickly becoming a distant memory and the January blues are in full swing. Summer is not too far away, however, and neither are the big music festivals that are going to help us battle through the tedium of 2017. Here are some of the best ones to look out for, this year, that are guaranteed to deliver some serious bang for your buck. 5) Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival The seventh instalment of the Forbidden Fruit festival returns to Dublin’s city centre this year. The headliner has been revealed as Bon Iver with special guests including Irish singer Lisa […]

January 11, 2017 (4 Comments) by theSharpeUser
take care of your mental health

In recent years we have seen great improvements in awareness around mental health, stress and depression. There’s lots of work to be done still but the stigma is slowly being cut through. So with that in mind and the new year kicking off we decided to team up with Josephine Lynch from The Mindfulness Centre  to get some simple insights from her on the small things you can do to take care of your mental health in 2017. Josephine has an M.A. Mindfulness-based Approaches (Bangor University) and has been teaching mindfulness and pro active approaches to taking care of your mental health for over 12 years. Advice From The Pros Believe it […]

January 9, 2017 (One Comment) by Darren Bates
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“La La Land” was the big winner from the 74th Golden Globe Awards, notching 7 wins and surpassing the record of 6 set by “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “Midnight Express” (1978). But where there are winners, there are also losers! Here are some of the biggest, headline grabbing, upsets from last night’s Awards. Natalie Portman (Jackie) – Best Actress in a Drama (Film) Perhaps the biggest shock of the evening came in the form of Isabelle Huppert (6/1) winning the Best Actress in a Drama Award for her role in Elle. Natalie Portman was as short as 1/5 to claim the prize for her portrayal of […]

January 5, 2017 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
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New Year’s resolutions… those personal goals millions of people set themselves on the 1st of January every year, and tend to fail miserably at! Here are the some of the most common New Year’s resolutions destined for failure this year. Lose weight It tops the list of most people’s resolutions and it is the one most likely not to be adhered to. The start of a new year means the start of a new you. This year you are going to start eating healthier and working out more. February rolls around and your gym membership has been used twice. You don’t need to get experimental with quinoa and avocado or […]

January 1, 2017 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
let's stop ghosting

Dating apps have a clever design. You can see people without having to talk to them, and if you feel like it you can send them a message – that’s the dream isn’t it? It’s simple, effective, and addictive. Apps like Tinder or Badoo were marketed as tools to make dating easier and more accessible. Considering the fact that over 70% of Irish people own a smartphone (Eir Survey, 2015) it was inevitable that our love lives would become pocket sized, digitalised and down-right commercialised. Digital dating has gone beyond the desktop, into our hands and into our everyday lives. Here’s a lowdown on the pros and cons of modern […]

December 30, 2016 (One Comment) by theSharpeUser
The Best Ways To Spend New Years

Another year ends, and a new year finally begins. Generally people celebrate the coming of the New Year by going out to crowded clubs and parties where you have very little space to dance or even breathe. Bored of the same old celebrations? Try something a little different this year. Many people have different ways of celebrating New Years around the world. Here are a few alternative ideas for celebrating the New Year. Remembering The Year’s Events Why not spend the last moments of 2016 by recalling all that has happened in the past year with all your friends and family? In Mexico, it is common for people to end […]

December 28, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
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Like the weather, internet trends change and shift so often it seems impossible to track and predict them. There are so many ups and downs for so many different people and collectives overall that categorising the year must be done in increments, checking what trends were the most impactful on a national or even global scale. Hopefully, this means we will be able to see what’s coming next year – and whether it’ll be as exciting or as horrifying (objectively, of course). What 2016 Gave Us The tumultuous year of 2016 brought us many things, and some of them look here to stay. The internet is ever-evolving, and users are […]

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