Monthly Archives: December 2011

Hundreds of marchers protest against banks and big corporations

Ulrike Schuster talks to some of those who took part in the recent demonstration organised by the Occupy Dame Street movement
On 15 October, a protest took place in Dublin, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in the US. About 500 people protested peacefully against what they saw as the power of money. The protest was organised by Occupy Dame Street, which calls itself a “leaderless… Read more »

Downpour fails to halt Gaelcon

The flooding of its original proposed location did not stop Ireland’s biggest board-gaming convention from going ahead, writes Jack Jonasson
Recently Gaelcon, Ireland’s biggest board-gaming convention, took over the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin after the flooding of the D4 Hotel. In later October, Gaelcon suffered a setback due to the flooding which affected many parts of Dublin. The original venue for the convention, the D4… Read more »

New NRA signs for Donegal cost €1 million

Naoise Nolan reports on controversial new road signs erected in Donegal
A local heritage group in Donegal has reacted angrily to the decision by the National Roads Authority (NRA) to erect numbers on country roads and some streets. It emerged this week that Donegal Co. Council had agreed to accept new road signage for the county,… Read more »

Occupy Dame Street means business

Jack Jonasson speaks to one of the main organisers of the Irish part of a spontaneous world-wide anti-capitalist street movement
For quite a number of weeks now, a group of protesters has been living in tents outside the Central Bank in Dublin. Following the example of Occupy Wall Street in the US, these men and women dedicate themselves to the cause by setting up a… Read more »

Dublin’s very own Ace Ventura

Dublin has a very successful pet-detective agency up and running, as Molly Sanderson discovered
Running down the stairs on Christmas morning to find a cute, friendly puppy sitting underneath the tree evokes a feeling of utter euphoria in the dog lovers of the world. But while they are playing with their happy little pooch, there may be dogknappers near… Read more »

October dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer

The Irish Cancer Society has set aside October to raise awareness of and funds to fight breast cancer, writes Suzanne Early
The Irish Cancer Society has dedicated the month of October to raising awareness and support for patients, and also to raise much-needed funds for research and treatment. It held a number of successful events this October, such as the Pink Ribbon Day, which was held on… Read more »

Learning the work of the journalist

Viviane Stroede finds out from an experienced journalist what it takes to be a good journalist
“I want to become a journalist” is probably what most journalism students think when they start to do a journalism degree in college. They get to know the theory and at some point start writing their first stories. After a while, between all that, the… Read more »

Business owners oppose flood-defence plans for Clontarf

Clontarf business owners consider Dublin City Council flood-defence plans for their area “too extreme”, writes Viviane Stroede
Business owners consider flood-defence plans for Clontarf “too extreme”. The plan includes an eight-foot-high wall, running 3 km along the Clontarf promenade. Building is due to start in early 2012. The plans for the coastal flood protection were made by Dublin City Council (DCC) in response… Read more »

Boarding school blues but lots of happy memories

Zoldy Kate Moloney and a friend recall boarding-school days
It is home to angelic, immaculate and pristine young adults by day and contrary, fractious and impish teenagers by night. The beds are antique and worn. The mattresses and pillows are chunky and uneven. The iron-handed, tyrannical, busty matron is a personage of validity, not… Read more »

The day that changed Norway forever

Pia Strømme writes about a day of unbelievable and unimaginable tragedy in her country
It was a grey day and the rain was hammering on windows – not unusual for a summer afternoon in Norway. But when people turned on their TVs, they realised that it was not thunder they had heard minutes before. A bomb had gone off… Read more »