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Leeds Forever – but Liverpool for the Title Would be a Feelgood Feast – by Rob Atkinson

Liverpool – climbing back onto their perch<p>Liverpool, having thrashed Man U at the Theatre of Hollow Myths last week, had to work a bit harder at …

Smart software: can a computer program really boost IQ?

A program developed by researchers at NUI Maynooth that they say can increase IQ has been bought by schools around the country – but are the claims …

A 'pause' in centuries of British wars is not enough

The generals are beside themselves, Whitehall's in a panic. After generations of continuous warfare, the British public has had enough. They're war-weary, the mandarins fret, and believe the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have been bloody failures.<p>Worse, multicultural Britain is increasingly …

Running on diesel – is it really all that efficient?

Petrol poised for a comeback as drivers question the cost savings of diesel cars<p>Wed, Feb 12, 2014, 01:00 Updated: Thu, Feb 13, 2014, 08:09<p>The price …

Mapping the past: old worlds being opened up by technology

Old city maps, 3D battle plans, Irish translations of Lewis Carroll and more – centuries-old archived books, maps and documents are becoming …

The empty nesters

There are 120,000 of them in Ireland. Parents often experience feelings of loss and tension when children leave home or emigrate. But, handled …

Porn's influence is real. Sex education is the answer

Tomorrow, the House of Lords will debate Labour's proposed amendment to the children and families bill, a piece of legislation that would result in compulsory sex and relationships education being taught in all English schools. It is, I believe, a matter of some urgency, not only because Labour …

Rape culture at university needs urgent action

I came home after my first term at Cambridge to many shocking stories about friends' experiences at university. Almost all described how they had been sexually violated: some had had their drinks spiked, others had been taken advantage of while drunk, and one had been raped. Rape culture in our …

DIY funerals: from Coronation Street to Co Down

As ‘Corrie’ characters Hayley and Roy consider a DIY funeral, one man who went the same route with his partner tells of his comfort in taking control …

12 New Year's resolutions that should be abandoned

<b>1 I must meet up with my online friends</b><p>This is always a popular resolution. It is also, without question, the stupidest. An online contact is the perfect friend. Their profile photo is charming and flattering, they talk exclusively in witty little soundbites and, if they ever start to annoy you, …

Coimisinéir not a child of Celtic Tiger!

Sometimes we read articles that ire us in the newspapers. An short article (see picture below) by columnist <b>Brenda Power</b> in the Irish edition of the …

Top 10 biopics

10. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould<p>This is the most radical of all biopics. It does exactly what it promises, breaking the Canadian pianist's intense and troubled life into concentrated fragments. Reassembly is left to the viewer. When he began working on the screenplay with Don McKellar, …

Farmer and musician who kept Irish alive in Fermanagh

Paddy Flanagan: February 23rd, 1913-November 27th, 2013<p>Fri, Dec 6, 2013, 00:01 Updated: Fri, Dec 6, 2013, 15:31<p>Paddy Flanagan, who has died in his …

The Joy of Six: smoking sports stars

1. Tennis<p>The Marlboro Man was one of the 20th century's most enduring icons of old-school machismo: the granite jaw, the muscles of steel, the iron lung. But it's often forgotten that the wheezing old bugger did a little bit for the feminist movement too. In 1968, Phillip Morris - that's the real …

An open letter from Carl Bernstein to Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger

Dear Alan,<p>There is plenty of time – and there are abundant venues – to debate relevant questions about Mr Snowden's historical role, his legal fate, the morality of his actions, and the meaning of the information he has chosen to disclose.<p>But your appearance before the Commons today strikes me as …

Joshua Tree's Hypnotically Reflective Desert Shack

<i>Lucid Stead</i> is an architectural installation by artist Phillip K. Smith III that takes an existing structure in the deserts of Joshua Tree, California and revitalizes it with mirrors, LED lights, and custom built technology to accentuate the beauty of the bare landscape. Aptly referred to as an …

How to Create an Official Facebook Page for Your Business

For all the hype about marketing your business on social networks these days, there sure seems to be a lot of confusion about how to go about it. In …

See These Heartbreaking Photos Of The World’s Disappearing Cultures, Before They Fade Away

In the new book Before They Pass Away, photographer Jimmy Nelson has captured a series of gorgeous pictures of 31 remote cultures that are on the verge of disappearing.<p>Over the last three years, British photographer Jimmy Nelson traveled around the world–from Namibia to Papua New Guinea to …

Top 10 documentaries

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Eminem For Sale in Spiddal, Galway from deirdre.nighriofa

Eminem Slane Castle e-ticket for sale from original purchaser (proof of purchase with our address and contact details provided).<p>If you're not happy …

School costs an ‘unacceptable burden on parents’

Costs for books and uniforms can run to €350 for a primary school child and €785 for a first-year student, Barnardos reports<p>Thu, Aug 1, 2013, 01:35 …

Football gossip: Stones, Jorginho, Wenger, Llorente, Rodriguez

<b>Manchester City</b> are willing to sell England defender John Stones, 23, this summer. (Sun)<p><b>Tottenham's</b> Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, 33, is open to leaving the club and could rejoin former side <b>Athletic Bilbao.</b> (Mirror)<p><b>Manchester City</b> lead the race to sign <b>Napoli's</b> 26-year-old Italy midfielder …