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RTÉ Player pauses for tea break

Isn’t it strange that advertisements can almost tell what you’re thinking? Every evening, I like to catch up with the daily soaps, my favourite being Eastenders. RTÉ player is the most convenient place for me to keep up to date with the comings and goings of the East End, so it has become my first port of call for catch-up television. Yesterday evening, sitting on my bed, I pressed play and the theme tune started to roll. At about thirty seconds in I felt a craving like no other for a hot cup of tea and a few custard creams,

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Dublin goes Digital for a day!

As I was walking into work this morning I felt my phone buzz in my pocket. A text so early? Surely not. Instead, it was the surprising jingle of an open WiFi connection nearby, a rarity in Dublin City, especially in the middle of O’Connell Street! It was only when I arrived into work and read the morning papers that I found out that today is Dublin Digital Day, a day devoted to the endless possibilities and potential a city can have when it goes wireless. The day marks the digitisation of Dublin, and a commitment from the city government,

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Páidí Ó Sé’s Legacy Lives On

A total of forty-eight teams from seven countries competed in this year’s Páidí Ó Sé tournament, the biggest ever. I was proud to be part of one of the competing ladies Gaelic football senior teams. I play for Foxrock-Cabinteely and it was our second year attending Páidí’s renowned tournament. Páidí Ó Sé is a Kerry legend and this tournament represents him and all he stood for very well. It’s a mixture of some of the best parts of the Irish culture; football and craic. There is no dress code in the evening time, anything and everything is appropriate. It ranged

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3 Mobile Encourages Silly Stuff

It’s not often that you see one multi million euro company challenging another with precarious statements and getting away with it. However, Three have managed to break the mould with their new Irish advertising campaign aimed at converting consumers to the network. On first look, the advertisements boldly state that the competitor company O2 ‘eats kittens’ and Vodafone ‘kicks pigeons’. Reading this when you’re stopped for 30 seconds at a bus stop is definitely enough to ignite your curiosity, whilst bringing a smile to your face. Upon closer inspection however, it is apparent that Three are not trying to put

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ABC’s and the death of newspapers…

Like the pages in a book the world keeps turning but newspaper pages will one day cease to turn if the latest ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulation) figures on newspaper circulation in Ireland are anything to go by. The ABC’s show that the Irish Examiner has 39,555 copies, the Irish Times 88,356 and the Irish Independent 123,981. So the obvious conclusion is that newspapers will one day stop. Or is it? There is increasing evidence that trust in online information continues to plummet. Only 40% of people trust the information they get online – the figure in 2000 was 55%

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Is Social Media Making us Lazy?

I won’t start the intro to this blog going on about how social media has revolutionized the world and the way we communicate  it was been done thousands of times (tweets!) before by various social media evangelists, gurus, dudes and ninjas. That isn’t in question however the one adverse trait  I have noticed creeping in is laziness and by laziness I mean a complete interest or ability of people willing to either check facts before jumping in on a topic / conversation / make false accusations / ask questions / spread a rumour (delete as appropriate). Allow me to give you

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Harlem Shake: The Best Ones

Thankfully something has come along to move Gangham style aside. The Harlem Shake is the internet craze right now and like any new video craze they vary in quality. So after viewing many efforts over the last week, and finding the tune slightly annoying at this stage, here are my personal favourite shakes, in no particular order. What’s the criteria for picking these? None to be honest although it’s only the second week or so of the craze already I am looking for something different to hold my attention. If there is a stand out version you have seen by

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The Magdalene Laundries’ Apology

They were the forgotten women of Ireland but their stories have been well-documented throughout history. To say that the findings of the McAleese report came as a surprise to the State simply rings untrue, and it is this hesitation and reluctance to take responsibility that has incensed the nation. The handling of the Magdalene Laundries’ report not only highlighted how out of touch the State can be, but also missed out a valuable opportunity to make some amends to those women. The present Government had taken the brave step commissioning the report initially but was then perceived to have fallen

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Finding the Silver Lining in a Crisis

A wise woman once said, “In the midst of a crisis, when everyone about you is losing their cool yet you remain calm, then maybe, just maybe, you have no idea how bad it really is.”  Wise words and particularly relevant given the many crises we seen already in 2013. For a year that started well enough things went downhill rapidly. From HMV’s administration and closure in Ireland, to contaminated food ingredients, B&Q and Lance Armstrong’s performance on Oprah, 2013 has already thrown up more than its fair share of bad news. It shouldn’t be a major shock though –

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Is Trapattoni a ‘clown’ at Harte?

Published on February 6, 2013 by in Sport

In the week that Ireland is preparing for their friendly with Poland at the Aviva stadium, yet another Irish footballer has blasted Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni through social media. Former Ireland player Ian Harte, currently playing for Reading in the Premier League took to twitter to call out Trapattoni saying, ‘To all those people asking if I have retired from international football. No I haven’t Trap didn’t even know I was Irish #whataclown’. So was Harte right? As we’ve seen, Trapattoni is definitely not the most popular of Ireland bosses. Other players like James McLean and Wes Hoolahan having had

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