Ireland’s mixed messages when it comes to Old Britannia

There could be no clearer illustration of our ambivalence towards our nearest neighbours than the General Election of 1997 and the contrasting attitudes of the good people of Donegal. Back in...

A friendly finish for Cúirt Festival of Literature!

In the course of my travels I’ve lost count of the number of bars in which I’ve sat, alone and happy, staring at a bunch of blokes having an uproariously good time. Alongside singular...

Hypnosis helping sportspeople to reach full potential

MENTION hypnosis to some and they think of the pendulum or pocket watch on the end of a chain, swinging rhythmically, lulling the subject into a blissful state of unconsciousness. It’s a cliché that...

True grit is secret of Mattie’s success

City Lives - Ciaran Tierney meets one of the world's top motorbike stunt riders, Mattie Griffin Stunt rider Mattie Griffin rode his first motorcycle when he was just six years old. The 33-year old...

Disjointed hurlers all over the shop in Semple Stadium

IT was around this time last year that the Galway hurlers’ season took off in the league relegation play-off replay thumping of Dublin, but supporters travelling to Thurles last Sunday hoping that they would...

When it comes to flogging animals, it’s all in the head

Is there one amongst us who hasn’t done stupid things with drink? Haven’t we all had one of those times when you wake up in the morning with a traffic cone at the foot...


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