About the author

Laura Varley

Laura is a graduate of NUIG, writes freelance and is an avid follower of Mayo football, the Arts and current affairs.


How do we tackle the Dublin dominance issue in the GAA?

By Laura Varley / December 15, 2020

In any senior-level football Championship campaign there are always popular talking points. Standard topics are the Mayo curse, the quality of play and re-structuring the Championship format, but the reigning discussion this year has undoubtedly been the so-called “Dublin dominance issue.” Dublin, through a combination of talent and unfair advantages, are the apex predator of […]


The Issue with Statues in the 21st century

By Laura Varley / December 9, 2020

In the 21st century nothing is as simple as it used to be. Nowadays it seems every choice, trivial or otherwise, comes with a consequence and it is not uncommon to see a person or business “cancelled” for a decision that seemed frivolous. The internet has broadened our horizons to an almost incomprehensible degree, but […]


A Guide to Galway: Restaurants we look forward to re-opening

By Laura Varley / December 4, 2020

It might only be myself who thinks this, but I have found this second lockdown has been significantly easier than the first. We moved to Level 3 as of Tuesday December 1st and the general consensus is that restaurants will begin to open from the 4th of December. I previously wrote an article about the […]


9 more movies you shouldn’t miss this Christmas

By Laura Varley / November 30, 2020

As the festive season draws closer many of us will have started preparing. There’s a lot of work to be done, such as taking boxes down from the attic, turning the house into an elven grotto, writing cards or the many fiddly tasks that crop up. We can forget sometimes that Christmas is supposed to […]


Why the GAA has made a second lockdown that bit easier

By Laura Varley / November 27, 2020

When I think back to the first lockdown in early March, I remember the crushing, never-ending boredom. Similar to now, bars, shops and cinemas were closed, but a key difference this time around is the continuation of the GAA behind closed doors. Unlike the previous experience of level 5, professional, elite and senior/inter-county sports have […]


4 Times actors butchered an Irish accent

By Laura Varley / November 18, 2020

When you think of an Irish accent, you may think of rural, “culchie” Mayo, the lilt of Corkonians, the slightly inaudible people of Kerry. It might be the selectively deep and selectively high-pitched Northern accents or the many multitude of Dublin brogue. You could be a D4, South-side, North Side and so on. The point […]


8 Passports with excellent perks

By Laura Varley / November 14, 2020

Up until a few months ago the conversation on Brexit dominated the news. Talk of backstops, trade deals and limited travel coupled with endless negotiations made most outlets seem devoid of other topics. But the Coronavirus ended that. Suddenly it seemed every news story on the planet had been relegated to make way for virus […]


A Guide to Galway’s take-away options during Covid-19

By Laura Varley / November 10, 2020

Galway City has some of the best restaurants in Ireland, with options for every palate. Unfortunately the return to Level 5 Covid restrictions has forced businesses to close their doors once again, but many are now offering take-away meals. For those of us who desperately miss eating out, or not having to cook, having your […]


6 easy tips to help you avoid the common cold

By Laura Varley / November 5, 2020

As we get deeper into winter and the nights get darker and colder, many of us will come down with the common cold. In any other year, the common cold, for the majority of people would just be “one of those things.” We would catch it, stock up on lemsip and wobble through the week, […]


What to make of shops supplying only “essential” items

By Laura Varley / November 2, 2020

Since returning to level 5 lockdown it has become clear that not everything is the same as it was the first time around. Schools and child-care facilities remain open, elite and professional sports carry on behind closed doors and support bubbles have been established to protect the isolated and vulnerable. But one of the more […]

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