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My 2020: Bibi Baskin on why she loved lockdown just a little too much
# Business Matters
# Business Matters

My 2020: Bibi Baskin on why she loved lockdown just a little too much

Dec 27th 2020, 7:30 AM 33,793 Views 4 Comments

Broadcaster and wellness practitioner Bibi Baskin on why lockdown forced her to embrace the quiet and ultimately change how she earns a living.

Opinion: Teaching children digital literacy is a must if we are to combat misinformation
# Education
# Education

Opinion: Teaching children digital literacy is a must if we are to combat misinformation

Dec 26th 2020, 7:00 PM 15,320 Views 27 Comments

Emma DeSouza says children and the wider community must be taught the required skills to navigate a digital world.

Christmas Fare: Leftovers need TLC? Shane Rigney's got a recipe for hash topped with poachers
# Food
# Food

Christmas Fare: Leftovers need TLC? Shane Rigney's got a recipe for hash topped with poachers

Dec 26th 2020, 8:30 AM 16,956 Views 11 Comments

Shane Rigney of Riggers D8 says you’re not allowed throw out yesterday’s leftovers, time to get creative instead.

The Irish For: Hope and history rhyme - what will Biden’s inaugural poem be?
# Joe Biden
# Joe Biden

The Irish For: Hope and history rhyme - what will Biden’s inaugural poem be?

Dec 25th 2020, 3:00 PM 15,735 Views 11 Comments

Darach Ó Séaghdha looks to the past and wonders what kind of poetic tones we can expect at the forthcoming Biden inauguration.

Opinion: The best address - a history of Henrietta Street and its first residents
# History
# History

Opinion: The best address - a history of Henrietta Street and its first residents

Dec 25th 2020, 10:00 AM 23,776 Views 7 Comments

Dr Melanie Hayes’ new historical book looks at Dublin’s first Georgian street, Henrietta Street, and its colourful residents in the eighteenth century.

Brianna Parkins: Away from family this Christmas? You're not alone in thinking about home
# Opinion
# Opinion

Brianna Parkins: Away from family this Christmas? You're not alone in thinking about home

Dec 25th 2020, 7:00 AM 8,720 Views 2 Comments

Virgin Media reporter Brianna Parkins can’t travel home to Australia this year – here, she writes about the many feelings this brings up in her. And the many funny memories…

Opinion: ‘It feels as though I’m answering a call on every shift from a child talking about suicide’
# Childline
# Childline

Opinion: ‘It feels as though I’m answering a call on every shift from a child talking about suicide’

Dec 24th 2020, 7:00 PM 16,979 Views 12 Comments

ISPCC Childline volunteer Lee Daly says many of the children calling in are struggling with all the extra issues brought about by the changes of 2020.

Colum Eastwood: We live in the Ireland that John Hume imagined - an island at peace
# SDLp
# SDLp

Colum Eastwood: We live in the Ireland that John Hume imagined - an island at peace

Dec 24th 2020, 12:30 PM 10,008 Views 28 Comments

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood pays tribute to John Hume and asks what the peacemaker would have made of the events of 2020.

'As the year progresses, you'll adapt': A performance artist's letter to her pre-pandemic self
# A LETTER TO MYSELF
# A LETTER TO MYSELF

'As the year progresses, you'll adapt': A performance artist's letter to her pre-pandemic self

Dec 24th 2020, 7:00 AM 10,073 Views 4 Comments

Áine Phillips reflects on how the pandemic has impacted the art world and the importance of taking time to slow down.

Opinion: Staying well at Christmas - some tips from a therapist to help you mind yourself
# Wellness
# Wellness

Opinion: Staying well at Christmas - some tips from a therapist to help you mind yourself

Dec 23rd 2020, 6:45 AM 17,314 Views 1 Comment

Therapist Liz O’Driscoll says it’s important to remember that Christmas is only a couple of days and that we shouldn’t put too much pressure on ourselves.

The story of the Irish who fought for Republican Spain
# Irish History
# Irish History

The story of the Irish who fought for Republican Spain

Dec 22nd 2020, 9:00 PM 18,653 Views 36 Comments

There was no escaping the Spanish question in Ireland in the twelve months after the summer of 1936, write Barry McLoughlin and Emmet O’Connor

My2020: 'I am so angry at those who have breached the Covid rules'
# Pensioner
# Pensioner

My2020: 'I am so angry at those who have breached the Covid rules'

Dec 22nd 2020, 8:25 PM 33,668 Views 41 Comments

Don is in his 80s and lives alone. He and his befriender Dana discuss a tough year.

It's been a hideous year for our tourism business. If we're to make it through 2021, a level playing field is vital
# Opinion
# Opinion

It's been a hideous year for our tourism business. If we're to make it through 2021, a level playing field is vital

Dec 22nd 2020, 9:07 AM 15,148 Views 19 Comments

Tourism businesses need more support – amending eligibility for the CRSS scheme would be a very good start, writes Mícheál Ó Cionna.

Christmas Fare: Chutney, cranberry sauce and drizzle cake recipes from county Down
# Food
# Food

Christmas Fare: Chutney, cranberry sauce and drizzle cake recipes from county Down

Dec 22nd 2020, 7:30 AM 7,305 Views 0 Comments

Hazel Magill, Head Chef of the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle, shares some of her favourite festive recipes with you.

Opinion: Urgent review of laws and microchip system needed to curb rising dog thefts
# Dognapped
# Dognapped

Opinion: Urgent review of laws and microchip system needed to curb rising dog thefts

Dec 20th 2020, 8:00 PM 21,613 Views 26 Comments

Law where pets are a ‘low value possession’ alongside plant pots and mobile phones should be reviewed, writes vet Dr Sharon Alston.

Opinion: Writing my first children's book, about one of Santa's elves
# Children's Books
# Children's Books

Opinion: Writing my first children's book, about one of Santa's elves

Dec 20th 2020, 12:30 PM 8,756 Views 3 Comments

Donagh Hourihan tells about how he developed the idea for his first children’s book about an elf from the North Pole.

'The Kerry Babies Tribunal laid bare the virulent misogyny at the heart of a patriarchal Irish State'
# Dr Mary McAuliffe
# Dr Mary McAuliffe

'The Kerry Babies Tribunal laid bare the virulent misogyny at the heart of a patriarchal Irish State'

Dec 20th 2020, 10:58 AM 16,685 Views 16 Comments

Dr Mary McAuliffe reflects on the Kerry Babies Tribunal following the State’s apology to Joanne Hayes and her family – 36 years later.

Larry Donnelly: Thinking of all emigrants like me this Christmas - not getting back home is really tough
# Christmas USA
# Christmas USA

Larry Donnelly: Thinking of all emigrants like me this Christmas - not getting back home is really tough

Dec 20th 2020, 8:30 AM 14,941 Views 12 Comments

Not going to Boston for a week after Christmas Day this year will be tough, particularly when his 86-year-old dad is in a nursing home alone, says Larry Donnelly.

Opinion: How to make a good Christmas ad, and a look at the best around
# Happy Holidays
# Happy Holidays

Opinion: How to make a good Christmas ad, and a look at the best around

Dec 19th 2020, 8:00 PM 21,962 Views 22 Comments

Advertising professional Kathleen Moore explains the process in creating those memorable Christmas ads and outlines some of her favourites.

Helen McEntee: Coco’s Law will give gardaí tools to prosecute those who share intimate images without consent
# Opinion
# Opinion

Helen McEntee: Coco’s Law will give gardaí tools to prosecute those who share intimate images without consent

Dec 19th 2020, 9:59 AM 18,842 Views 17 Comments

The passing of Coco’s Law will prevent the sharing of intimate images without consent – regardless of the motivation for doing so.

Christmas Fare: Donal Skehan has some delicious recipes for you to try at home
# Food
# Food

Christmas Fare: Donal Skehan has some delicious recipes for you to try at home

Dec 19th 2020, 8:30 AM 34,806 Views 25 Comments

Chef Donal Skehan shares recipes for Christmas brunch, roast pork shoulder, meringue and cookies.

Opinion: I'm gutted, but I have decided not to fly home for Christmas
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: I'm gutted, but I have decided not to fly home for Christmas

Dec 18th 2020, 11:29 AM 56,194 Views 41 Comments

Journalist Brian Whelan had planned to fly home from the UK this Christmas to see loved ones but has made the difficult decision not to travel.

Opinion: If there’s a will, there’s a way: provision of maternity leave for TDs is not insurmountable
# Maternity
# Maternity

Opinion: If there’s a will, there’s a way: provision of maternity leave for TDs is not insurmountable

Dec 18th 2020, 7:00 AM 18,444 Views 22 Comments

Professor Sarah Childs from the University of London and Dr Fiona Buckley of UCC say we should look to the UK changes for MPs and maternity leave and get on with necessary reform here.

Aoife Martin: 'It’s possible to be alone at Christmas and not be lonely'
# Column
# Column

Aoife Martin: 'It’s possible to be alone at Christmas and not be lonely'

Dec 17th 2020, 7:00 AM 23,782 Views 0 Comments

In her first regular column for TheJournal.ie, Aoife Martin writes about how Christmas can be a tough time for the LGBTQ+ community as some are forced to hide their true selves.

My week in wellness: A 66-year-old sea swimmer in Galway who wants to maintain his 2st weight loss
# How I Live
# How I Live

My week in wellness: A 66-year-old sea swimmer in Galway who wants to maintain his 2st weight loss

Dec 16th 2020, 7:00 AM 26,236 Views 8 Comments

This week, our diary writer gets an MRI scan on his knee and worries about his daughter’s driving test.

Opinion: We need careful messaging from Government - the 'vaccine hesitant' will not respond well to coercion
# Vaccination Plan
# Vaccination Plan

Opinion: We need careful messaging from Government - the 'vaccine hesitant' will not respond well to coercion

Dec 15th 2020, 9:01 AM 19,115 Views 105 Comments

DCU communications expert Dr Padraig Murphy says Government must get the vaccine messaging right.

Opinion: We need to rethink how we plan our cities and towns after this year
# Planning
# Planning

Opinion: We need to rethink how we plan our cities and towns after this year

Dec 13th 2020, 8:00 PM 25,996 Views 56 Comments

Head of the Office of the Planning Regulator Niall Cussen says it’s time to change our thinking entirely around how we live and plan our communities.

Consultant spine surgeon: Movement is key to avoiding back pain in the remote working era
# Opinion
# Opinion

Consultant spine surgeon: Movement is key to avoiding back pain in the remote working era

Dec 13th 2020, 7:30 AM 61,511 Views 8 Comments

Derek Cawley says the change in our work habits and bad home office setups have contributed greatly to an increase in back pain.

Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas
# Festive Waste
# Festive Waste

Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas

Dec 12th 2020, 8:00 PM 14,537 Views 23 Comments

Environmental campaigner Lyndsey O’Connell explains how our online festive shopping habits are leading to an excess of cardboard and plastic waste.

Bookselling in a pandemic: Kennys Bookshop celebrates 80 years in business
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Bookselling in a pandemic: Kennys Bookshop celebrates 80 years in business

Dec 12th 2020, 7:00 PM 19,234 Views 11 Comments

Sarah Kenny describes running the bookshop her grandparents founded and the challenges they faced in 2020.

Master Pastry Chef Shane Smith shares Advent Calendar recipes from local producers
# Saturday Serving
# Saturday Serving

Master Pastry Chef Shane Smith shares Advent Calendar recipes from local producers

Dec 12th 2020, 7:30 AM 10,201 Views 2 Comments

As part of our Christmas Serving series, Shane Smith offers some tasty seasonal and locally-sourced recipes for you to try at home.

Column: 'Hands off' symphysiotomy judgement did not hold Ireland to any rigorous standard
# Mairead Enright
# Mairead Enright

Column: 'Hands off' symphysiotomy judgement did not hold Ireland to any rigorous standard

Dec 12th 2020, 12:05 AM 9,950 Views 2 Comments

“It also suggests that if we want survivors to be treated properly, we need to hold the state to the highest possible standards in the Oireachtas.”

The burning of Cork: Donal Fallon remembers a night of chaos and terror in 1920
# 100 Years On
# 100 Years On

The burning of Cork: Donal Fallon remembers a night of chaos and terror in 1920

Dec 11th 2020, 9:40 AM 31,043 Views 37 Comments

The historian recounts the violence before and the cruelty during the devastating Cork city fire that took place 100 years ago this week.

Dr Mark Murphy: What impact is private health insurance having on our health services?
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

Dr Mark Murphy: What impact is private health insurance having on our health services?

Dec 10th 2020, 7:00 AM 22,010 Views 36 Comments

Dublin-based GP Mark Murphy looks at the impact private insurance has had on our the whole system and asks if it is a help or a hindrance.

My week in wellness: A 34-year-old trying to improve his sleep with a white noise app
# How I Live
# How I Live

My week in wellness: A 34-year-old trying to improve his sleep with a white noise app

Dec 9th 2020, 7:00 AM 15,160 Views 9 Comments

This week, our diary writer heads out for some evening walks to boost his energy levels.

Opinion: Our Central Bank mortgage lending rules are vital guards against booms and busts
# Finances
# Finances

Opinion: Our Central Bank mortgage lending rules are vital guards against booms and busts

Dec 8th 2020, 6:30 AM 11,813 Views 66 Comments

Vasileios Madouros of the Central Bank says the 2015 lending regulations have helped us brace against the Covid-19 shock.

Money Diaries: A 35-year-old HR Manager and busy mum working hard to save for a mortgage
# HISMM
# HISMM

Money Diaries: A 35-year-old HR Manager and busy mum working hard to save for a mortgage

Dec 6th 2020, 8:00 PM 89,230 Views 56 Comments

This week, our reader and her partner and two children are living with her parents long-term in order to save for a home.

Opinion: Pat Finucane decision is characteristic of Britain's approach to other dark chapters from its past
# Pat Finucane
# Pat Finucane

Opinion: Pat Finucane decision is characteristic of Britain's approach to other dark chapters from its past

Dec 6th 2020, 7:30 AM 15,822 Views 32 Comments

International law lecturer Dr Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan looks at the imprint of British colonialism on the North and other parts of the world after the recent Finucane inquiry decision.

Billy Hutchinson: 'It was totally counterproductive and portrayed loyalism as backward and nasty in the eyes of the world'
# EXTRACT
# EXTRACT

Billy Hutchinson: 'It was totally counterproductive and portrayed loyalism as backward and nasty in the eyes of the world'

Dec 5th 2020, 8:00 PM 41,556 Views 48 Comments

In his autobiography, Progressive Unionist Party leader Billy Hutchinson writes about what happened during the Holy Cross dispute.

Student nurse: 'I never understood why nurses left Ireland, but now I plan to join them'
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

Student nurse: 'I never understood why nurses left Ireland, but now I plan to join them'

Dec 5th 2020, 7:30 AM 146,532 Views 171 Comments

Chloe Slevin shares her disgust at the recent decision by Government to vote down a motion to pay student nurses and midwives.