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A Fisherman’s Day of Therapy

Set men upon the waterways with rod’s and line’s to fish Just gaining freedoms glory in a boyhood dreamy wish As they sit there by the waterside while the Robin sings aloud With their thoughts transfixed on nature shaded by the morning cloud As the Water Voles swim to and fro down in the reeds... 

Ringsend & Irishtown May Day Festival

Over the May bank holiday weekend, I had the pleasure of heading to the Ringsend and Irishtown May day festival. The festival which is into its 7th year kicked off opening with a parade lead by the local marching band, members of the Defence Forces, the Irish Red Cross, members of the Local Gardai and... 

Meet Awol Active

Awol Active is a three piece pop/punk group from Pearse Street, Dublin.The lads came down to Fatima on Wednesday and I had the pleasure of interviewing them. This group consists of members: Simon Heapes (21) who plays the bass, Adam Boland (21) who plays the guitar and Conor Boland (18) who plays the... 

A Gift of Nature

A Gift of Nature Wild seeds blowing to places unknown Into nooks and cranny’s all hidden and sown Across fields and in margins around the grass verge And in time pushing up as their small buds emerge Bringing lifeform some nourishment to survive every day From the tiniest of insects making nest’s... 

Meet MAD A.B Slim.

Meet MAD  A.B  Slim. On Sunday 17th April, Rapper Mad A.B Slim, aka Andrew Boland, came down to my hometown of Fatima to have a catch up about his up and coming EP, titled “The  Darkness”.  Andrew who turns 20, this week made the travel arrangement to come down from Drogheda, to talk to your... 

Sing Street Film Review

Sing Street Film Review Sing Street is a musical comedy- drama created by John Carney, that takes place in Dublin in the mid 1980’s.  Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is a 14 -year old boy from a middle class family who loves watching Top of the Pops with his stoner older brother, Brendan (Jack Reynor). ... 

ISTD Awards NCAD Students Membership

ISTD Awards NCAD Students Membership The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) is situated in the heart of the Liberties and is one of the most sought after art and design institutions in Ireland. NCAD has over 1,100 full-time students and 450 part-time students attending their classes each year.... 

NCAD Ranked Among Top 100

NCAD Ranked Among Top 100  The National College of Art and Design is back in top form this year. The QS World University Rankings by subject figures were released last week and NCAD was ranked among the top 100 in the world. The Dublin 8 art and design college ranked #51 for Art and Design. The closest... 

A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed

A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed Corinna, pride of Drury-Lane For whom no shepherd sighs in vain; Never did Covent Garden boast So bright a battered, strolling toast; No drunken rake to pick her up, No cellar where on tick to sup; Returning at the midnight hour; Four stories climbing to her bow’r; Then,... 

Easter Sunday 1916 Parade

Every year at Easter we reflect and respect those people who bravely fought during the 1916 Rising.  They died in order to free us from English rule. There will be a parade this Sunday, March 27th to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter rising.  It will commence at St. Stephen’s Green at 10am. ... 

A New Kind On The Block

New Kid On The Block Its Thursday 10th March at a studio in Finglas, a housing estate north of Dublin City, owned by Cale Smith, a native rapper from Finglas, two young men by the name of Clayton Cooper, and James Moran, give us an opportunity to see something very new, when it comes to rapping. Clayton... 

Two Cities One Book Festival

Two Cities One Book Festival This year’s Dublin: One City One Book Festival will become the Two Cities One Book Festival as a special tribute to the 2016 commemoration programme. The programme for the festival was launched this week. Dublin will be joining Belfast for a combined festival. The programme... 

IMMA’s Announced Programme For Commemoration Year

IMMA’s Announced Programme For Commemoration Year The Irish Museum of Modern Art has announced its programme for this commemoration year, which will involve the Lucian Freud Project. It will be showcased alongside an expanded 2016 programme of new works starting on the 24th March. These new works... 

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Jacob Hunt is an 18 – year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome.  He lives with his mother and brother in a small town.  His family don’t have friends because people don’t understand his condition. He is honest and diligent about following rules and gets very upset when people break them. ... 

Hello, It’s Adele

                                                   Myself and my dear friend Paula managed to bag free tickets to see Adele perform in the 3 Arena over the weekend. We arrived when Adele just came on and in the middle of her intro song, Hello. We had... 

First Snow of Winter

First Snow of Winter 4th March 2016 by/Tony Gorman I watched the first snowflake’s fall gently in the breeze And slowly build on branches as they settled in the trees Creating a white outline on those branches big and small And artistically crown the mountain peaks like a picture on a wall They gathered... 

Are We Becoming Too Dependent On Technology?

Are We Becoming Too Dependent On Technology? Technology is progressing all the time, so much so, that some of us (who are not technically minded) can barely keep up with it.  When I was growing up, there were no mobiles, social media, laptops, ipads or tablets. We had computers but people usually used... 

Don’t Let Me Go – by Susan Lewis

Don’t Let Me Go – by Susan Lewis When Charlotte becomes her social worker, she risks everything to ensure that 3 year old Chloe is kept out of care, and can live with her.  After witnessing a terrible crime they have left their troubled pasts behind in Britain, and have immigrated to New Zealand... 

St Valentine’s Day

Saint Valentine himself On Sunday the world will be celebrating St Valentine’s Day. Many men and women across the globe will be hoping for their special Valentine to arrive with a gift, as a token of their love. St Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 14th February and in the Eastern Orthodox Churches... 

Without you – By Saskia Sarginson

   When 17- year old Eva goes missing after a sailing trip, everyone except her younger sister Faith, thinks she has drowned.  Faith remains adamant that her sister is alive, and tells anyone who will listen, that she thinks Eva is been kept as a prisoner by a wild man from the island.  Her... 
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