Archive for the ‘Society’ Category

My first Ironman

15 Sep 15

Published in the Sunday Business Post 13 September 2015 Ironman 70.3 Dublin  1.9k swim : 90k cycle : 21k run “The zip is from the top down.” Ok, yeah, no problem. He was the third guy to get me to lock him into his wetsuit. I was smearing myself in Vaseline to prevent my wetsuit chaffing […]


29 Jul 11

I’ve been getting a lot of emails and phonecalls from undergraduates and Masters students from universities around Ireland about the “next step” – the graduate job search. Instead of repeating myself, here’s some internship and graduate programme suggestions and maybe this blog post can crowdsource some other suggestions and I’d add them to the list. […]

New voices – potential young contributors to Irish media

01 Feb 11

Where are all the *young* voices in the Irish media? Are you a regional reporter, activist/advocate, policy expert etc and have something to contribute to public debate? This is a tool to showcase alternative voices to radio and television producers. . In the comment section below, please provide these details:

Loosely aligned Independents could have significant impact in next Dáil

22 Jan 11

Candidates disillusioned with the establishment are beginning to drift towards one another. Irish Times January 21 2010 THE ESTABLISHMENT of Nama in late 2009 focused minds and ultimately led to several meetings in a well-known solicitor’s office in Dublin city centre. The only item on the agenda was to explore the formation of a new Irish […]


01 Jan 11

Happy New Year Ireland. John Spillane and WB Yeats on Ireland in the Coming Times of 2011. .

Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith Oration Glasnevin Cemetery August 15th

15 Aug 10

Annual General Michael Collins and President Arthur Griffith Ceremony Glasnevin Cemetery August 15 2010 I want to tell you a story today about two men born in the age of Parnell. Ireland after Parnell, in the dying years of the 1800s, was a grey place of paralysis. Politically stuck and fighting with itself. The opportunity […]

FG divided only on best way to win next election

15 Jun 10

Enda Kenny brought FG back from the dead but doubts are growing as to whether he has what it takes to win power, writes ELAINE BYRNE in the IRISH TIMES JUNE 15 2010 RICHARD BRUTON joined a large Fine Gael contingent to celebrate the marriage of a popular member of the party’s organisation last Friday.

Harsh reality of death is that life goes on

08 Jun 10

As an undertaking family, the mortuary became an extension of our home. Death was normal, writes ELAINE BYRNE in the IRISH TIMES JUNE 8 2010 BEFORE WE built our funeral home, we planted potatoes in the top field. Delicately measured rows of hand ploughed drills with seeds waiting to grow. They were then proudly harvested […]

All-island approach needs push from politics

01 Jun 10

Civic society is doing much to break down the Border but our politicians could do an awful lot more, writes ELAINE BYRNE in the IRISH TIMES June 1 2010 MARTIN MCGUINNESS was not what I expected at last week’s North/South consultative conference in Farmleigh. The Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland spoke at length about […]

Guest speech to the ASTI annual conference

12 Apr 10

Thank you for your kind invitation to speak to this 88th ASTI annual conference and for your patience over the next fifteen or so minutes. As a former pupil of an ASTI school, Tullow Community School in County Carlow, I am especially proud to recite before you the motto of my alma mater which neatly […]