Girls can't be what they can't see

The Irish women’s rugby team - the multiple Six Nations winning side that also managed to take home a Grand Slam in 2013 - is competing this week in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. Forget booking flights and expensive trips Down Under, this one is taking place right under our noses, at a time and in [...]

The case of Charlie Gard: A tragic battle with no winners

The case of little Charlie Gard divided opinions right around the world, as the struggle between science and hope went all the way to Britain’s highest courts and to some of the world’s most powerful figures. Donald Trump intervened. So did the Pope. But in the end the only hope for this terribly ill little boy [...]

Back for good

Excuse the terrible pun, but the very notion of coming back to work had me terrified a few short weeks ago. Not because of work itself (I love my job), but because of the physical reality that I was in a pretty bad way. A sore back, dodgy joints and a severe shortage of sleep meant [...]

A former Jehovah's Witness speaks out

Today on the show I spoke to Rebecca, a former Jehovah's Witness, who described growing up in "The Truth". She told me how life for members consists of constant judgment and restriction, with activities, even for young people, restricted to meetings, Bible study, and preaching door to door. Rebecca was questioned by two middle aged men, [...]

If the carrot doesn't work, it's time for the stick for sexists

  Ann is in the kitchen helping Mammy make the dinner. Barry is in the garden helping Daddy mow the lawn. Nobody knows what Mammy and Daddy talk about if they ever meet in some strange in between place, but it’s definitely not the equal division of labour or gender fluidity. And they aren’t alone. Despite [...]

The secret to happiness? Outliving your enemies. And plenty of cake

How to be happy? Live to the ripe old age of 82 How happy are you? The exact amount of happiness in your life might be difficult to quantify, but it seems the age at which you have most of it can be pinpointed easily enough; it’s 82. The good news is, the best is yet [...]

2018-12-01T09:53:12+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A flaming disgrace

https://www.facebook.com/Corks96fm/photos/a.195266260505634.46296.194278177271109/1596060030426243/?type=3&theater The sight of one of Cork's most iconic buildings ablaze on Tuesday evening had half the city out watching in silence on the Lee Fields. Seeing historic buildings on fire in the city is unfortunately nothing new. Last year we had hours of outraged calls when Vernon Mount was set on fire (most likely [...]

Two steps forward… you can guess the rest

It's been one week since I returned to work and said goodbye (for a few hours a day at least!) to the world of nappies, puréed pear and hour-long, often unsuccessful, attempts to leave the house. I enjoyed my maternity leave - it was busy, with a big move in the middle of it that I [...]

Plastic, plastic, everywhere

I've recently done something that I never thought I'd get to do. I've moved to live beside the sea, overlooking beautiful Cork harbour. https://www.instagram.com/p/BV3y0GKhVX3/?taken-by=deshocks Cork harbour is - depending on who you believe - the largest or second largest natural harbour in the world. It's home to thousands of people, incredible bird life, seals and [...]