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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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Beyonce’s Pepsi halftime performance.

Forget the Ravens and the 49ers, it was Beyonce’s halftime performance that really stole the show at the 2013 Super bowl on Sunday. Beyonce, who has sold over 75 million solo records worldwide, put on a spectacular performance that wowed over 110 million viewers. Her performance was so powerful that it was even rumoured to be the cause of the 35 minute blackout that occurred shortly after her performance. Although this wasn’t really the cause, it wouldn’t have been surprising given the array of visual effects used – holograms, fire, ice and smoke! The show began with Beyonce rising up

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Ó Buachalla – what’s that in English?

It was early yesterday morning and the text read loud and clear. “Irish Times tar éis ainmneacha Choláiste Eoin a aistriú go béarla…” The text was from my brother and like me he is a former pupil of Coláiste Eoin in Stillorgan, the Irish language secondary school. The text went on some more but the gist of it being that a colleague of his, and parent of one of the current pupils in Coláiste Eoin, had spotted that the write up in The Irish Times sports supplement which should have referred to her son, his team mates and his school

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Good News

Everybody needs a pick me up every now and again. That’s why once in a while it’s good to peruse the day’s headlines for something cheerful and upbeat. I’ve taken some of my favourite stories from today’s media, so that I can share them with you. Firstly, there where several unlikely heroes in Washington as three brothers canoeing were caught off guard by the rough, freezing water of Washington Creek . A group of prison inmates were working nearby when they heard screams for help. At first the prisoners thought that it was a group of children playing until they saw the

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