Monthly Archives: May 2012

Survey shows a significant increase in Irish emigration

Shauna Duggan looks at a recent survey of emigration from Ireland
The latest emigration figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show the number of Irish nationals who have left the country has risen significantly. The number of Irish nationals who have left was up from 27,700 to 40,200. A total of 37,800 women and 38,700 men… Read more »

Wanderings in the Twilight Zone

James Keating writes about some unsolved mysteries
Legend tells of a way we might avert whatever awaits on 21 December 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar. By finding and bringing together 13 crystal skulls which possess mystical, paranormal or even extraterrestrial properties, we can survive the end of days. The skulls represent… Read more »

Is the crime of rape treated sufficiently seriously in Ireland?

Aimee Higgins considers whether this country publicises and punishes rape adequately
Rape is a form of sexual violence that is not talked about a lot in this country. When it comes to a topic like rape and sexual violence, society becomes quickly tight lipped. Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors and most of us… Read more »

Basketball goes back to school

After a lengthy hiatus, basketball is back at Rochestown College, writes Pádraig O’Halloran
It may not be exactly like it is in the film, Coach Carter, but Cork could have its very own feel-good basketball story at Rochestown College, thanks to Maths/Physics teacher Jason Barry. Rochestown College is a school that is steeped in tradition, having being founded in… Read more »

Cork’s young comedy queen

Laura McCarthy interviews the talented young comedian from Cork, Maeve Higgins
“I’m from a big family of six girls and a boy; lots of people think that’s why I do comedy, because I’m always looking for attention, because I didn’t get enough when I was small,” joked Irish comedian, Maeve Higgins as she buzzed cheerfully… Read more »

The Titanic, from below deck

Aimee Higgins writes about a film with a new perspective on the well-known story
The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the infamous Titanic was on 15 April 2012. Although it has been a century since the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic Ocean, the world is still hungry to be fed the story of what happened on the… Read more »

Leading the campaign against the household charge

TD Joan Collins talks to Omotayo Shonubi about her campaign to urge people not to pay the household charge without a fight
Many people in Ireland were left furious after the government introduced the household charge earlier this year, ordering people to pay €100 annually. At one stage after the law was introduced, only 8 per cent of the country had actually paid the tax, with the… Read more »

Boxing classes growing in popularity

Kevin Carney reports on the growing popularity of boxing training as a way of getting fit
“Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you enter the ring.” These were the words of Sugar Ray Leonard, a boxer legendary for his success in the sport. An insight into what boxing… Read more »

Tattoo business going well

Lorcan Mullally talks to a tattooist who is happy with how business is going
Art is a living thing that changes and evolves constantly. And for tattoo artist Robin Graves, art is in a sense even more alive, given that his canvas is other people’s skin. Based out of Devil’s Den Tattoos off Aungier Street in Dublin 8, he has… Read more »

A bakery with a long history

Sarah Mullen looks at why, for over a century, Bretzel Bakery has remained unchanging and its recipes continue to please palettes
In the heart of Portobello and built in 1870 is a kosher bakery that is making breads well before any of its customers are awake. The bakery is well known to generations of the Dublin Jewish community and is still known as the Jewish Bakery… Read more »