The 2019 Centenary Celebrations – 100 years on, there are lessons still to be learned

Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries is a period of roughly 11 years in which local communities and the nation as a whole will publically celebrate and remember the significant historical events upon which our nation was built, from the initial Home Rule Bills, to the War of Independence, and the admission of the Irish Free State to the League of Nations. The centenary celebrations have realized … Continue reading The 2019 Centenary Celebrations – 100 years on, there are lessons still to be learned

Post-Politcal? The Power of the Opinion Line

If there’s anything I’ve learned from studying history at university, it’s that simple fact of academic scholarship that everyone has an opinion for certain reasons, regardless of if the historian, the writer, the journalist, chooses to let us in on those reasons. Who writes the opinions, how are they formed, why are they saying them, why are they saying them now? One of the most … Continue reading Post-Politcal? The Power of the Opinion Line

The Disappearance of Tina Satchwell

Roisin O’Donnell takes a fresh look at the disappearance of Tina Satchwell, who went missing from her home in Youghal, Co. Cork, in March 2017. In March 2017, 45 year-old Tina Satchwell seemed to vanish from her home in Youghal, Co. Cork. She left behind her husband, her two dogs and an air of mystery that had captured the nation. Of course, this disappearance, like … Continue reading The Disappearance of Tina Satchwell

Feminsim and Sex Work: questions of choice, labour rights, and legislative models.

‘Red light districts’ are dotted across every major city of the Netherlands, only the most famous being Amsterdam’s De Wallen, the city’s oldest and most central area.  About this time last year, I wandered through it for the first time. The candescent 16th century architecture remains intact – Golden Age structures of red brick, tall windows and pointed roofs line a shallow, murky canal.  Beautiful … Continue reading Feminsim and Sex Work: questions of choice, labour rights, and legislative models.

Begotten Not Made: Interview With Conal Creedon

Conal Creedon’s latest novel unfolds a tale of a cleric’s unrequited love for a nun – although they only met once, in 1970, on the night that Dana won the Eurovision. Earlier this month, I sat down with someone who I feel lucky to regard as a truly inspiring literary presence in our humble city, and more than just that – he’s a good friend, … Continue reading Begotten Not Made: Interview With Conal Creedon