Celebrating Nollaig na mBan

We've always celebrated Nollaig na mBan in my family. Whether it was the influence of my Limerick-born granny or my Clare-raised mother, we spent every 6th of January of my childhood in Ennis, having lunch with my Granny, her lovely neighbours who were such good friends to her and like grandaunts to me, and my aunt and [...]

Abortion: Lies, damned lies, and statistics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dSICoqnFGA When news broke last week that the number of Irish women having abortions in the UK had dropped considerably, responses were predictable. The anti-abortion groups were out quickly to welcome the news. The pro-choice campaign suggested austerity budgets were to blame, with fewer women financially able to travel abroad. Nobody would for a moment [...]

Boning up on pop feminism

I spent almost three years of my life researching gender quotas, and there were times I thought I'd never want to see the word feminism again. But over the past few months I've been rehabilitated, and I'm back to reading again with a bang. As part of my (over-enthusiastic) purchasing for International Women's Day, I bought [...]

Celebrating women #IWD2016

My enthusiasm for women and feminism is lifted every year by the sense of solidarity on two dates - Women's Christmas, and International Women's Day. This year I spent Women's Christmas speaking with Cork Simon's Colette O'Brien and Karen Songhurst at the Cork Simon Women's Christmas Lunch. And in time-honoured tradition my mother and sister-in-law [...]

Good feminist / Bad feminist?

The debate about ads in the UCC student cafe got a bit heated on the Opinion Line last week. While nobody thought they were funny, the spectrum of opinions ranged from mildly disinterested to downright disgusted. For once, I wasn't outraged about it. It was stupid, sexist and generally unintelligent. As a couple of our callers [...]

Women in homelessness face unique challenges – how we can help

https://www.facebook.com/619175434780049/photos/pb.619175434780049.-2207520000.1451932805./1011948528836069/?type=3&theater   I write this from the comfort of my couch, warmed by the fire, and utterly aware that this is a privilege. Last Wednesday on the Opinion Line, we spoke to Stephanie McCarthy, a mother of five from Gurranebraher who faces eviction on Christmas Eve. If or when the McCarthy family are forced to [...]

Repeat offenders, kids and computer games, drunk shopping and more…

I was on the Today Show this afternoon with Newstalk's Jonathan Healy (who my mother reckons is "a nice fella". He is indeed, just don't ask for a bit of his mince pie). We had a good chat about prison for repeat offenders, whether kids should be allowed gaming consoles in their bedrooms, and drunken online [...]

Book review: About Face

My Tuesdays have been made complete in recent months by the addition of the Irish Times Women's Podcast. Ireland has been crying out for its own 'Women's Hour' and this really hits the spot for me. Usually presented by Kathy Sheridan, it's just the right mix of politics philosophy and fun that I'd expect from chat [...]

Two matches in one day? Sure, a woman's work is never done

Earlier today PJ and I spoke to one of three Cork dual players who may have to play two matches in one day on Saturday. Both matches are major championship fixtures. Both teams are incredibly successful, with numerous All-Ireland medals, including for 2014. It's happened to Cork players before, and it's been resolved, because the notion of players [...]

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I don't normally do this, but… 2015… what's the plan?

I don't normally do very personal blog posts here, but quite a bit of my op/ed stuff over the past year related to personal experiences, so I feel I should bring it all together a bit here.  It's late January, and I am only now getting into 'January mode', the mode of healthy eating and exercise, [...]

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