Mná na hÉireann

Who would have thought that at the ripe old age of .. ahem, that it would be during March 2018 when a sudden identity crisis would emerge.  To be fair, it was prompted. Within a week, we’ve had international women’s day and Mother’s Day and now Patrick’s day.  It’s too much for me, too many…

Expat Bubble Burst

It’s the phrase that’s bandied about, ‘the expat bubble’. It suggests the notion that us expats live in a bubble, somewhat removed from ‘real’ life. We tune in to the news from home and of course, we relate, but it’s not on our doorstep, we’re not looking at the fallout every day, so we scroll…

75K Welcome Home Bunting

The Irish government have commissioned a Eu. 75,000 economic report on the improvements needed to facilitate returning emigrants, the report which will take ‘a couple of weeks’ (not a bad fortnights wages), will outline where returning emigrants have difficulty when coming back to Ireland and where improvements need to be made. Save the 75K welcome home bunting,…

Jam on Neither

The internet is not a safe place for kids, as was made abundantly clear on the Late Late Show when a 13-year-old girl was approached for rude pictures by a presumed predator in under 9 minutes. The time was the alarming part, the intent, well that’s a sad fact of life and has been for…

The CAO from Doha

Back in my day, you could do it with the teacher, 10 minutes is all it took, bobs your uncle, fannys your aunt, all done. That’s right, back in 1993 there was no faffing around for months pondering your options on the CAO form, travel wasn’t an option, the tech or university, both down the…

Dolores O’Riordan – Let it linger

Stars die all the time, you remember where you were when you hear the news, the feelings that generally register are nostalgia, shock, end of an era that kind of thing. It passes. But this doesn’t, this lingers.   Psychologists say after splitting up with a partner, that it takes half the whole time you spent…