Monthly Archives: August 2016

Grandpa the Sniper one of more personal books on 1916 Rising

Jadh Gonzalez attended the launch of a book that gives an individual account of a participant in the rising.
The journalist Frank Shouldice has written a book about his grandfather, a sniper who fought for Ireland voluntarily in the Easter Rebellion in 1916. The book’s title is Grandpa the Sniper: the Remarkable Story of a 1916 Volunteer. “Writing the book about my grandfather was a way… Read more »

Golden Eagles’ future in Donegal under threat

Tara McHugh reports on the struggle to sustain and protect the species in the northwest.
Donegal’s Golden Eagle population is under threat, according to Lorcan O’Toole, Golden Eagle Project Manager, unless urgent action is taken to manage Donegal’s upland hills. New data released recently from the Donegal-based project revealed that the population of the Golden Eagle is struggling to survive with… Read more »

Viva Breathnach

6_t Film director and Griffith lecturer Paddy Breathnach’s Viva is now on general release in Ireland. In Dublin you can see it at the Irish Film Centre and Lighthouse cinemas. Viva made the Official Selection for the… Read more »

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Call for ‘humanitarian’ approach to refugees

A mass grave is created on Europe’s doorstep as the continent hardens its stance on migration, writes Patricia Madden.
Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital recently hosted an event by Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) at which its member Will Turner highlighted that political policy so far has not met the needs of migrants. The organisation is left to deal with the humanitarian issues at grassroots… Read more »

Over 80 per cent of students have taken drugs survey shows

Cian Moore reports on a recent survey of drug use among students.
Large numbers of students across the country have taken illegal drugs, a recent survey has shown. As many as 82 per cent of students have taken illegal drugs, according to the National Student Drug Survey. The survey, conducted by Tim Bingham, states that that 98 per cent… Read more »

Galleries showcasing reality of dementia

Shona Dennis reports on an unusual exhibition on dementia touring Irish art galleries.
E.gress, a short film from visual artist Marie Brett and musician Kevin O’Shanahan, was showing at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) until mid-December last, as part of its national tour of art galleries. Produced in 2013 and facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Association of Ireland,… Read more »

Turning Dublin’s old industrial buildings into TV sets

The demand for abandoned properties keeps rising among the big media companies, reports Ivona Poljak.
There are two buildings that capture the attention on the walk down Dublin’s South Circular Road: a beautiful mosque on one side of the road, and a former John Player factory on the other. Unlike the vibrant environment around the mosque, the old factory captures the… Read more »

Coping with injury and stress for inter-county GAA stars

Peter McCreevy looks at the physical and mental pressures amateur players face
In recent times, Gaelic football has gone from being an amateur sport to a professional sport played by amateurs. This has led to an increase in both physical and mental problems in the game. With ever-increasing health issues, it is no wonder that so many of… Read more »

Visual Optimism