Do we want reform or do we just not care?

MAYO ADVERTISER, October 11, 2013

So, the Seanad survived the chop, the people have spoken or to be more exact around 40 per cent of them have. The right to vote and shape the future of our country is something that was struggled for for hundreds of years, but when two questions to shape the future direction of democracy and the legal setup of the nation was asked, 60 per cent of the people didn't even bother to show up and have their say.

So what do people want? do they want reform or do they want, what some see as an elite, outdated second chamber that both sides of the argument seem to agree isn't working as it should to stay. The winning “no” side can say that it's a vote for reform of the upper house from the people. But is it really a vote for that, when six out ever ten people eligible to vote, didn't even bother having a say on the issue. It would have been the same if the “yes” side had won. The people have spoken, well as I said some of the people have spoken, the majority of people it seems aren't too bothered.

The quest for childhood adventure in a changing Ireland

MAYO ADVERTISER, October 04, 2013

The experience of childhood in Ireland has changed much over the last few decades. Where once Irish rural life and even the rural towns offered an adventure land fuelled by the vivid imagination that comes only with childhood, modern Ireland offers not a playground, but an arena of protection, insecurity and fear.

In my childhood growing up in Ballinrobe,, children were fed, watered and then scooted out the door to find their own adventure — an independence that brought with it an air of growing self confidence but also a recognition by our parents that the only dangers that existed then were crossing the road and falling into a river.

A football story

MAYO ADVERTISER, September 27, 2013

September ’13 in Mayo, it’s All Ireland season.

Everybody I know has lost all reason.