I write for things that I enjoy or things that I believe in, or things to reconcile sh*t. I don’t write for a room. I don’t write for a crowd either. “Where if I wanted to make a vehicle for my own f**king success...If I wanted to take the f**king embattled spirit of the f**king times and make a vehicle for my own f**king popular success, I wouldn’t write a song like that. I can’t control that but I assure you if I wanted to make a f**king pop song, I would have written a pop song because it would have been far easier. “That’s a few hours out of your day where you pop into a TV studio and you play the song.
“I could see the lifestyle that would have been planned out for me” and it was “defining what I don’t want to be”. Running changed thingsIn her story, you wonder did running change her life, or did she use running to change her life? The answer is both: running gave her the confidence to change things, and was the tool with which she changed things. So running changed my life. Later health editor John Collins asked her to set up a structured online video training programme for the Irish Times.
"Thirdly, on a farm, you're given a leadership role at a young age, given duties to carry out. Photo: Roger JonesAnecdotal evidence from some of Ireland's more rural rugby clubs backs this up. The GAA remains the dominant sporting force in rural Ireland, but there is now more of a sharing of the playing resources. Both are sons of men who played rugby (at a relatively low level) but they didn't attend rugby schools; and a generation ago, their talent might not have been spotted. Rugby schoolsMr Quirke, though, feels that the players attending rugby schools still have a huge advantage, given the intensive training they get - these teenagers are treated almost like professionals.
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Serves: 8Cooking Time: 30 minsCourse: DessertCuisine: IrishIngredients 350g strong white flour (or plain flour)1tbs baking powderGenerous pinch salt60g cold butter, diced small200ml milk1 egg (plus an extra yolk for glazing)Method1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or dust well with flour). In a large mixing bowl, sieve together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt). Use a 7cm round scone cutter to stamp out scones. Transfer them to the lined baking sheet and brush the tops with egg yolk to glaze.
It’s the letters themselves – the information her mother delivers, bits of small-town gossip, in comparison to the obvious vastness of Akerman’s life in the city. It was 1977, Taxi Driver-era New York, and Akerman was a lone woman with a movie camera, making a mother-daughter picture. Chantal Akerman’s 1977 drama News from HomeI write about Akerman and News from Home as a way of writing about my own work. I write about young women in self-imposed exile, searching for meaning that they might never find. I knew in this book that I wanted to write about young women who work at making something, who are invested in creation.
“What the f**k is Daly at?” asked a Fine Gael TD as he observed his colleague, junior minister Jim Daly, in full flow on Wednesday evening. During the otherwise uneventful debate on the motion of no confidence in Minister for Health Simon Harris, Daly directed his ire not at Sinn Féin, who had tabled the motion, but towards Fianna Fáil. “We spend the cost of one children’s hospital ever four months servicing interest on debt from the mismanagement of the economy when members opposite were in charge of the purse strings.”
The first message on Arpanet, the precursor to the internet, was sent by Charley Kline, a student, supervised by Leonard Kleinrock, an influential computer scientist. Thus, the first message sent on the internet’s precursor was the oddly poetic “lo”. The article heralded that “Coláiste Choilm, run by the Christian Brothers in Swords, has become the first second-level school in Ireland to own its own computer with the recent purchase of a digital machine from a Galway computer firm”. The school was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1967, so its progress to becoming technically literate was swift. These days the backlash to providing school students with expensive technology is growing, along with the difficulties teachers face in wresting phones from students and keeping a lid on bullying across social media.
Conor Murray’s career has been, more or less, on a steady incline since breaking into the Munster team on their Magners League title-winning run-in in 2011. Through two Lions tours and two World Cups, securing his status as Ireland’s best scrumhalf and the best in the world over a period of time, it’s been onwards and upwards. No hiccups. Missing out on the first three months of the season with a neck injury was the first major one of his career and, it transpires, literally so.
Smith is not alone in deciding to pack up and leave the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote. I voted so people like you would f**k off homeSince 2016, net migration from the UK has continued to rise. In 2016, 3,800 more migrants returned to Ireland from the UK than emigrated across the Irish Sea in the other direction. “It just became absolutely okay to make absolute racial comments in the UK. As part of the project, we are looking to gather the stories of Irish people living across the UK.
The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he could not rule out the possibility that the UK’s EU withdrawal will be delayed. She has promised to give parliament a chance to decide what to do about Brexit on Wednesday unless she can bring back a deal. British retailers say they plan the least investment in seven years ahead of Brexit, and job cuts in the sector have gathered pace. Numerous surveys have shown businesses are holding off on investment while the UK remains at risk of leaving the EU deal without a deal. Official data for the three months to December published earlier this month showed the biggest fall in overall UK business investment since 2010.
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Harper writes carefully and acutely about terse, undemonstrative men at the moment when they find the capacity to restore themselves to some more vivid kind of life. Blood Orange by Harriet TyceDomestic suspense continues to be published at a brisk rate, and Blood Orange (Wildfire, £12.99), the first novel by Harriet Tyce, is an incendiary example of the form. Blood Orange is glittering and fierce and resolutely unsentimental, a glorious bonfire of a marriage thriller. The Silent Patient by Alex MichaelidesThe Silent Patient (Orion, £12.99) is the debut novel by screenwriter Alex Michaelides, and it is already in development as a movie. The Silent Patient comes with a rapturous endorsement from AJ Finn, which is perhaps not as useful as it once was; when Finn says he couldn’t put a book down, you can’t help wondering if he ever picked it up.
Everything that could go wrong did go wrong.”For the Ireland and Lions back Fitzgerald his was a personal journey of pain and fallout. In a 12-minute spell an Irish centre and winger and replacement winger had all been removed from the game. Iain Henderson was brought into the game, with Kidney opting to shift blindside flanker Peter O’Mahony to the left wing. The tackling from lots of guys was really, really bad. “It was one of those days where everyone felt on the day ‘what’s going wrong here, why is it going wrong’.
Is Stoneybatter the new vegan hub for Dublin? This is happening at a fast pace in Stoneybatter, where three new vegan eateries are set to open in the next month. Kale + Coco (kaleandcoco.com), the people who brought smoothie bowls to the city, open their first permanent site on Grangegorman Road Lower next Friday. Up to recently vegans haven’t been spoilt for choice when it comes to eating in Dublin, but soon they will be in Stoneybatter. Belfast Restaurant WeekEnjoy Restaurant Week in Belfast.
The bees came home late to their hives in our garden in a Dublin suburb the evening we wanted to move them to our new home in the west. Not too lateThe Sussex team has countered the long-standing belief that only native plants are useful to native wildlife. The researchers surveyed six Sussex garden centres with up to 70 plants in bloom, counting the visits of insects to each. We need to bring together the right kind of flowers and the right kind of native bees. “Let’s not accept that it’s too late.”
Damien Maguire, Maynooth, Co KildareFly agaric and other Amanita species such as the death cap and the destroying angel; webcaps, Cortinarius species. Carmel Lynch, Terenure, Dublin 6WThey are most likely to be last year’s flock of a mallard hybrid with some other duck. Mallards cross-breed with dozens of other ducks, and each hybrid will look different. It was a mallard/muscovy duck hybrid. It had a reddish-brown chest and back with blue barring on the wing edge and a lot of white underneath.