Tag Archive | Ireland

Abortion: Is propaganda being used in Irish schools?

Abortion has always been a contentious issue, and there is still a debate raging between three sides to this day: pro-choice, pro-life, and then those in the middle, who are unsure what to think. Debating is of course a good thing, and encourages people to think about situations differently, however the abortion one has always […]

The ‘Real Rape’ Myth

This article originally appeared in the University Observer, Volume X on 30th October 2013. With almost 90% of sexual assaults in Ireland being committed by someone known to the victim, Patrick Kelleher examines the origins of the ‘real rape’ myth and how society can overcome it The ‘real rape’ myth has existed for a long […]

Is Austerity Really Working?

This article originally appeared in the University Observer on 16th April 2013. It emerged recently that it is not just Irish people who are unhappy with the snail paced reform seen since 2008, when recession first set in; the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Commission have also expressed concern. According to a leaked […]

A Ghost, or just my overactive imagination?

I think I saw a ghost. And no, this isn’t an episode of Scooby-Doo – this is an episode in the life of Patrick Kelleher, a life that is, I assure you, much less exciting. The incident occurred when I took a walk through the Demesne in my local town, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, Ireland. The […]

Maeve Binchy Passes Away at 72

Maeve Binchy, legendary Irish writer passed away peacefully last night in a Dublin hospital after a short illness. Binchy, a University College Dublin (UCD) graduate, published many novels, novellas, plays and short stories in her time, and also contributed to the world of Journalism. In her lifetime she sold more than 40 million books worldwide, […]

Should “Offensive” Literature be Banned?

This question has been debated for hundreds of years. Many people feel, and have felt, that a book should promote proper morals. A book with violence might encourage people to be violent. A book with homosexuality might thwart people from their previous Christian ways (I don’t agree with this, by the way). The list of […]

The Life & Times of a Teaboy by Michael Collins

The Life and Times of a Teaboy by Michael Collins tells the story of an unusual man named Ambrose Feeney. Through the novel, we are presented with several stages of Feeney’s life. His mother, a devout Catholic, believes everything comes from God – including Ambrose’s good Leaving Cert results – and his father is the […]