Fyre and Brexit have a lot in common

A scam benefiting a few rich chancers, supported by some orange squares. The pernicious influence of ‘positivity’ and ‘getting things done’ flying in the face of all realism. A determination to do the impossible, against all expert advice. And leaving the innocent inhabitants of an island nation penniless and unhappy after a lot of goodwill and [...]

A special place in hell…

It was Madeleine Albright who said that there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other, but she forgot to mention the gigantic reservation in the underworld specially set aside for women who constantly criticise each other. Not a week goes by without a woman in the public eye being pilloried [...]

Send nudes? Not on your life

As my son grows from a baby into a toddler I have realised that parenting mainly consists of finding something new to be afraid of at least once a day. While romance is a long way in his future, a study I came across yesterday about how teenagers are now approaching relationships struck fear into my [...]

2018-12-01T09:52:41+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Gambling with our kids' futures

There are dangers we anticipate ahead of our children in their journey in life. Roadblocks like illness, or bullying, diversions like getting in with the wrong crowd. Behavioural issues, problems at school, and when they’re a bit older, inadvisable experimenting with drink and drugs. Many of these dangers are amplified by the internet, with cyber-bullying, grooming [...]

2018-12-01T09:52:41+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: Print|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Do you have a personal brand?

Last week I gave a speech to members of the CPA in Cork about the importance of personal branding. It's a concept that makes most of us squirm (myself included) but these days, even if you don't want to call it that, most of us do manage our own brand through various platforms. It was one [...]

2018-12-01T09:56:07+00:00 July 20th, 2015|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Are we slaves to our screens?

I’m thinking of pitching a new business idea to Enterprise Ireland. Millions, it could make. Millions, I tell you! It’s franchisable, scaleable, international, all those things they love throwing money from the National Pension Reserve Fund at. The best bit is I don’t need to learn any new skills, and in order to become one of [...]

2018-12-01T09:56:58+00:00 July 18th, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , |

If you can’t beat the Twitterati, join them

We’ve all been there. Steve Carson (husband of Miriam O’Callaghan) reportedly said last week – joking, I’m sure – that there are three of them in the marriage. Steve, Miriam, and Miriam’s iPhone. Apart from the obvious – how she has time to even breathe, never mind tweet – it begs the question; how many of [...]

2013-08-27T23:39:48+00:00 August 27th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |

Public consumption

Students often get bad press, and with exams currently going on or in prospect in most colleges, they are having a tough enough time at the moment without doing it to themselves. But the utter stupidity of a Facebook page I came across this week proves that college culture creates an astounding ignorance of [...]

2011-05-12T10:15:28+00:00 May 12th, 2011|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Election liveblog

I'm really looking forward to the election count tomorrow and Sunday. I've covered counts before, but as a purely print reporter. This will be the first one I am tweeting and live blogging and I'm looking forward to the utter confusion of it all! You can follow my tweets on @deshocks (I'll be mainly [...]