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6 Christmas Traditions: Where Did They Originate From

By Katy Thornton / November 30, 2020

Everyone has their own Christmas traditions. We all know the story of Christmas – when Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem to give birth to baby Jesus, son of God – which makes it a predominantly Christian holiday. However, Christmas has become something entirely different and is celebrated by people all over the […]

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The Life and Literature of Samuel Beckett

By Katy Thornton / November 26, 2020

Both the life and literature of Samuel Beckett is fascinating. He is one of the most beloved writers in the Irish literary scene. He had such a profound influence, not only on Irish literature, but literature from around the world, that in Dublin there is a bridge named after him. His most notable works which […]

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Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas with Covid-19 Restrictions

By Katy Thornton / November 23, 2020

Looking for the best ways to celebrate Christmas with Covid-19 restrictions? With Ireland in a Level 5 Lockdown, it is clear that this year’s Christmas is going to be very different to that of previous years. With the possibility of the country opening up on the 1st December, people are already making plans to celebrate […]

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25 Best Irish Businesses for Christmas Shopping

By Katy Thornton / November 20, 2020

More than ever before it is vital that we support our local economy and shop in smaller independent stores this festive season. Below is a list of the best Irish businesses for Christmas shopping, whether you’re looking for housewares, clothing, makeup, books, or toys. These shops are all online, so you can get started with […]

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Doing An Arts Degree: Pros and Cons

By Katy Thornton / November 16, 2020

Arts Degrees often get a bad rap. It’s no secret that there are cons to doing an Arts Degree, and yet, they remain extremely popular.  A Bachelor of Arts, or an Arts Degree is essentially a third-level degree in an arts subject. This can be any or a combination of the following: history, sociology, English, […]

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The Importance of Booking Your Smear Test

By Katy Thornton / November 12, 2020

Booking your smear test is hugely important, but that’s not to say it isn’t a daunting prospect. In Ireland, at the age of 25, women are invited to have a free smear test done every three years, to screen for cervical cancer, or other potentially harmful cells. It is a quick procedure, but many women […]

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How To Stay Off Your Phone During Lockdown

By Katy Thornton / November 9, 2020

It is no easy task trying to stay off your phone. It’s no secret that we’re all addicted to them. The average time people spend on their phones is 3-4 hours a day, according to The Guardian. Considering a lot of people also have to spend 7 hours on a laptop, tablet, or computer in […]

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13 Books That Are Better Than Their Film or TV Adaptation

By Katy Thornton / November 6, 2020

Finally, our list of books that are better than their movie and TV counterparts most of the time. Generally, you can’t beat the original version of the story, and what it took to create such a story must be appreciated. This is the last in our adaptation article trilogy, and here are the top books […]

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The Importance of Talking About Periods

By Katy Thornton / November 3, 2020

There’s a huge importance of talking about periods, for the blatant fact that they affect half the earth’s population. Yet, there has always been this taboo when it comes to talking about them, and this creates the dangerous perception that they are not normal, or that they are to be suffered in silence. It can […]

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13 Film and TV Adaptations That Are As Good As The Book

By Katy Thornton / October 30, 2020

Sometimes, the movies just get it right. Although you’ll likely have a preference, often depending on which adaptation you view first, the following list are film and movie adaptations that are as good as the book. They do the book justice, without outshining the original work.  12 Films and TV Shows That Are Better Than […]

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