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'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 10,091 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 17,335 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 18,711 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 33,699 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 15,155 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 7,318 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 21,734 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 8,779 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 16,789 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 14,951 Views 14 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 22,013 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 18,911 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 35,018 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 56,279 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 18,482 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 23,804 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 26,252 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 19,165 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 26,060 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 61,714 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 14,617 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 19,301 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 10,230 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 9,963 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 31,216 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 22,318 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 15,164 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 11,961 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 89,459 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 15,832 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 41,653 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 146,832 Views 166 Comments

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

Opinion: 'I felt forgotten by NPHET and Government as I miscarried alone in hospital'
# Miscarriage
# Miscarriage

Opinion: 'I felt forgotten by NPHET and Government as I miscarried alone in hospital'

Dec 4th 2020, 7:00 AM 18,655 Views 24 Comments

Clare Cullen describes her experience of miscarriage in a hospital without her husband, due to Covid restrictions.

Opinion: Remote working is here to stay, so let's approach it properly and get the balance right
# Remote Working
# Remote Working

Opinion: Remote working is here to stay, so let's approach it properly and get the balance right

Dec 3rd 2020, 7:00 AM 20,112 Views 21 Comments

Arlene Vithaldas, head of the UCC Academy says it’s time to unwind our old-world view of a workplace that includes a long commute to expensive offices.

My week in wellness: A 27-year-old software engineer who plans his workouts with 'military precision'
# How I Live
# How I Live

My week in wellness: A 27-year-old software engineer who plans his workouts with 'military precision'

Dec 2nd 2020, 7:00 AM 17,453 Views 14 Comments

This week’s diary writer made some big lifestyle changes during the most recent lockdown, and now runs almost daily.

Opinion: What exactly is the history of modern Sinn Féin?
# History
# History

Opinion: What exactly is the history of modern Sinn Féin?

Dec 1st 2020, 7:00 PM 17,685 Views 20 Comments

As Sinn Féin defends itself this week over its stance on past events, Brian Hanley takes a look at the history of the party.

Opinion: 'They are distraught when their images are shared by a former partner'
# Sexual Violence
# Sexual Violence

Opinion: 'They are distraught when their images are shared by a former partner'

Dec 1st 2020, 1:00 PM 13,163 Views 2 Comments

Noeline Blackwell of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says the law around image-based sexual abuse is useless as it pre-dates the internet and new legislation can’t come quickly enough.

Dr Mark Murphy: We need to rethink how we fund the health service
# Healthcare
# Healthcare

Dr Mark Murphy: We need to rethink how we fund the health service

Dec 1st 2020, 7:00 AM 16,946 Views 17 Comments

Dublin-based GP Mark Murphy illustrates where the failings are in how we fund our healthcare system.

Opinion: What is crisis fatigue and have we reached that point?
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

Opinion: What is crisis fatigue and have we reached that point?

Nov 29th 2020, 8:00 PM 30,107 Views 20 Comments

Dr Philip Kieran addresses the issue of crisis fatigue and offers some helpful ways to counteract it.

Opinion: How the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change in delivering vital homelessness services
# Drug Treatment
# Drug Treatment

Opinion: How the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change in delivering vital homelessness services

Nov 28th 2020, 8:00 PM 14,704 Views 5 Comments

Tony Duffin, CEO of Ana Liffey Drug Project describes how a shift in policy around Covid-19 brought about the changes to drug treatment that had been sought for years.