Three and a half times more people now die by suicide than on the roads

Fri, Jan 04, 2013

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), An Garda Siochana, the Department of Transport, and road safety officers the country wide should be commended for their successful efforts in reducing the number of road fatalities in Ireland. The results have been staggering and far beyond the targets set.

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Offer support to those who might be feeling lonely this Christmas

Fri, Dec 14, 2012

Luckily for a lot of us Christmas is the time of year that is looked forward to with much anticipation for the fun and festivities which lie ahead over the coming weeks, however Christmas can also exacerbate the feeling of loneliness and bring great sadness for people, particularly for those who may have suffered the loss of a loved one during the year.

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There is not much more we can take

Fri, Dec 07, 2012

There was always going to be a sucker punch for most of us on Wednesday, when Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin did their double act in the Dáil. But unlike Vaudeville double acts of Abbot and Costelloe, Burns and Allen, or later comedy double acts like Fry and Laurie, no-one was looking forward to Wednesday afternoon’s matinée showing in the Dáil chamber.

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Shop local campaigns kicking into gear

Fri, Nov 23, 2012

What was a horrible, wet, and miserable November is fast coming to a close and no one will be sorry to see the back of it this year, especially not the business people of Mayo who are praying for a busy festive shopping period to end 2012 on a high note.

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Our Gathering is no scam but an opportunity to be seized

Fri, Nov 09, 2012

It was desperately disheartening and disappointing to hear Irish actor Gabriel Byrne hit out at Enda Kenny once again and call the Gathering 2013 a scam last week. The former Cultural Ambassador to Ireland made his comments on Matt Cooper’s The Last Word on Today fm which was broadcast live from New York.

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Do not suffer in silence from cyber-bullying

Fri, Nov 02, 2012

The tragic death of 13-year-old Erin Gallagher, from Ballybofey, Co Donegal, which was due to cyber-bullying has thrown the spotlight on how widespread this form of bullying is, and has sparked a very important debate on how such horrific abuse can be stamped out.

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Suicide should not be glamorised

Fri, Oct 05, 2012

The finality of death is like no other ending.

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We will have our victory dance

Fri, Sep 28, 2012

They came, they conquered, and they had a mighty fine party to celebrate their only second ever All-Ireland title.

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Final fever is descending upon us

Fri, Sep 21, 2012

The adrenaline is pumping, coursing through the veins. The team picked. Tactics discussed. Donegal’s performances analysed. Bags packed. Don’t mess with the routine. Be sure to include a miraculous medal. And that’s just the fans.

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The devastation of suicide

Fri, Sep 14, 2012

Suicide is devastating for everybody involved. It is a sensitive subject that has been avoided in the pastand is a well known problem in Mayo. Many people say the high rates of suicide in the west are due to the bad weather and many people living isolated in rural areas. They may not receive attention or have access to support agencies that deal with issues such as depression or suicide. Of course the reasons for suicide are impossible to pin-point as they are so personal to each victim. The only way the high suicide rates can be reduced is by now helping those that can still be helped, for example, people who have suicidal thoughts or inflict self harm. To have somebody available, in a comfortable environment, to lend a sympathetic ear to a person’s problems without them being criticised or judged would greatly help everyone and promote a healthy community for all.

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Dear Sam, we’re ready for you now

Fri, Sep 07, 2012

Ten points down and a massive come-back being orchestrated by the Dubs. Perched on the edge of our seats, hearts thumping in chests, expletives escaping from our mouths, breathing stalled. Could our worst fears ever be realised? Could our county withstand such a harsh reality? The answer to that is no? Could our boys recover? Who knows and thankfully now we will never have to wonder because the mighty Mayo men were magnificent last Sunday.

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Come out from behind the shadows

Fri, Aug 24, 2012

Citizen journalism has been propping up mainstream media for the last few years and it is encouraging to see the public taking such an interest in the process of news gathering and reporting. But while journalism is a highly regulated profession, who regulates the bloggers?

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