Monthly Archives: November 2012

Escaping Scientology

Mairéad Doyle investigates how and why so many are trying to escape the worldwide cult of Scientology
In recent years we have heard of the “religion” that has enticed so many into its organisation. We hear even more about people trying to get away from it. Pete Griffiths, ex-Scientologist, told this reporter why it is so important to leave the Scientology body… Read more »

From shame to fame

Holly Lenny writes about the reality of teen pregnancy as opposed to the fictionalised ideal portrayed on so-called “reality” TV shows
It seems every day now that more and more television programmes, documentaries and reality television shows are dedicating their airtime to discussing and demonstrating the real-life struggles of young women who have had a child under age and mostly out of wedlock. Sixteen and Pregnant… Read more »

Why is it so hard to write a feature?

A feature on why it’s so hard to write a feature; be warned, the irony doesn’t stop here, says Becky Cuddihy
Since I sat down to write this article, I’ve made four cups of tea, checked my Facebook page at least a dozen times and read three chapters of a book. So, as you can probably tell, I have had a serious case of writer’s block… Read more »

When love overcomes language barriers

Language and cultural differences are important but not barriers to successful relationships, writes Carolina Pelzer
Many people move abroad every year with different goals. Some go as a career move and others go simply for the travel experiences but whatever their goals might be, no one is safe from meeting the unexpected and finding love in a foreign land. It has… Read more »

The Compassion Centre – abode of the abandoned

Spirituality may be the stepping stone to fight addiction, writes Sheil Poorun
The mass of people ironically complain of the bust but are still indulging by purchasing new expensive technology. In all of this hustle and bustle, in this so-called technological world, there is a group of people who are being crushed, forgotten and neglected. Our hectic society… Read more »

O’Brien’s battle with the scales continuous

J.J Slevin spent a day with leading flat jockey Joseph O’Brien recently to find out how he keeps his weight under control
Joseph O’Brien stands at nearly six foot, a mammoth size for a flat jockey. When he first came to attention when he rode his first winner as a fresh-faced 16 year old in 2010, he towered over his father, the legendary trainer Aidan O’Brien. The teenager… Read more »

The early Orderbird catches on

The digital revolution has found its way into the food-service industry, writes Dirk Peschka
Imagine yourself sitting in a crowded restaurant at noon. No need to wait for your dishes, the waitress already knows what you want to have. Or imagine walking into a nightclub, going straight to the bar to get your drinks immediately – no endless queues,… Read more »

Former Paralympian condemns budget threat to disability benefit

A former Paralympian struggles to understand the lack of support given to the disabled community and discusses his fight through adversity, reports Daniel Flynn
John Creedon was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia at the age of six. This is a degenerative genetic neurological disease that affects the nervous system. When he was diagnosed he was told that he would never be able to be involved in sports again and that… Read more »

State needs to act to stamp out racism

Combating racism in Ireland, where the State does not recognise racism as a crime, is enormously difficult, argues Vaida Balbieriute
“Send those monkeys back to the Stone Age where they belong”, proclaimed one commentator. “Give them all waterproof carpets and set them out to sea”, agreed another. “There are plenty of stones on Dublin’s seaside strands. Next time these Muslims plan to take over our… Read more »

‘Futures Studies’ can make a difference

Bernard Moran writes about the who, how, why and whatnot of futuring
Artificial intelligence smarter than humans, the end of ageing, the death of the nine to five, driverless cars and cures for cancer – these are just a few of the sensational predictions that have been made for the coming decades. But who are the people… Read more »