The privilege of seeing gorillas in Uganda

“Gorilla trekking?!”, my sister exclaimed when I told her where I was going.  “What is that?  And in Uganda?!” It wasn’t the worst reaction I had had.  A number of friends had vowed never to visit Uganda when news of the country’s high-profile “Kill the Gays” bill broke (ignoring, of course, the human rights abuses … Continue reading The privilege of seeing gorillas in Uganda

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Seduced by Dublin’s sublime in Springtime

For all my love of exploring foreign lands, there are times when I've felt like a tourist in my own city, burrowing into its many urban landscapes and subcultures. Creeping down the stairs to Dublin’s Liquor Rooms feels like descending into a hazier golden age of glamour and luxury.  High-heeled feet sink into plush, purple … Continue reading Seduced by Dublin’s sublime in Springtime

Enda Kenny doesn’t deserve our praise. Remember who we’re talking about.

This St Patrick’s Day, my Facebook news feed was flooded with friends posting the video of Enda Kenny’s speech directed at Donald Trump.  Kenny is on a State visit to the US, and took part in the traditional St Patrick's Day Taoiseach's visit to the American president in Washington.  I have to admit, it was … Continue reading Enda Kenny doesn’t deserve our praise. Remember who we’re talking about.

Debrief: International Women’s Day 2017

This year's International Women's Day was marked differently to anything we've seen before in Ireland.  Pressure is mounting for our government to call a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment to our constitution, which outlaws abortion and creates barriers to healthcare for pregnant people.  The 8th of March was marked by Strike4Repeal, a nationwide women's … Continue reading Debrief: International Women’s Day 2017