U2 and Dublin

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Dublin will always be at the heart of U2’s story. After all, it’s where it began. Take a pilgrimage through the city and soak up some rock and roll inspiration

Rock Stars

50 million albums sold, an all-time record of 22 Grammys, and some of the biggest tours of all time: just a few of U2’s many accomplishments. They’ve travelled the globe, they’ve performed in packed stadiums all around the world – but their heart belongs in Dublin. It’s where U2 was formed, and their connection runs so deeply with the city that they cite Dublin as the inspiration behind their hugely successful album, Songs of Innocence (nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album).

Bono's childhood home
Bono’s childhood home

Where it all started

Of course, to really get in touch with U2’s story, we have to go back. Way back, to a classroom in Mount Temple Comprehensive thirty-nine years ago…

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A whisky tour

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Is this the most chemically complicated drink in the world? Victoria Gill attempts to unlock some of the mysteries of Scotch malt whisky

In Short
  • The finely-tuned process of Scotch whisky production is governed by its own law – the Scotch Whisky Act
  • There are 92 malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, and each one has a slightly different process – with different stills, malts and casks for maturation
  • Under the Act, Scotch whisky must be matured for at least three years, during which time the spirit reacts with compounds in the timber casks
  • Chemists continue to study the complex effects of dilution on the sensory perception of whisky flavours
A whisky tour

When I worked in a tiny Edinburgh pub, I occasionally incurred the wrath of the regulars when the water jug sat on the bar wasn’t at room temperature by the time they wanted their whisky. So I’ve long been eager to…

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Fidel Castro: A Champion of the People

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Today on November 25, 2016, we all heard of the passing away of Comrade Fidel Castro, former President of the Republic of Cuba and First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba. Since the victory of the Cuban revolution we have seen illiteracy been eradicated from Cuba. Raul Castro announced in a brief speech that: “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 [EST] this evening.” Under the leadership of Comrade Fidel Castro, Cuba have also developed a free universal healthcare system against all odds. Not only did it become unique where Cuba have researched and developed cures and medicines that no other country have, and that other countries want, but it is one of the best in the world. Progresses in areas such as healthcare, education and energy sustainability are now in world class, despite the US embargo. CIA have targeted Cuba…

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No. 2 : Justin Barrett & Michael Quinn

Spotlight on the Right


During the 1990s, Justin Barrett and Michael Quinn were leading members of the militant anti-abortion group Youth Defence.

They were arrested together, along with six other Youth Defence associates, during a violent picket in May 1998 outside the Adelaide Hospital in Dublin.

Both men, while retaining links with Youth Defence, went onto become dedicated and committed far-right activists.

Though the two have dropped out of public activity, it is still useful to trace their political careers. Also pose the question as to why such a number of leading Youth Defence members have become active in right-wing politics ranging from Catholic Irish Nationalism to White Power neo-Fascism.

This is especially ironic in the wake of the recent video from Youth Defence (23 September 2016) that links the slogan and campaign to ‘Repeal the 8th Amendment’ to slavery, the Holocaust and segregation in the United States.

Justin Barrett:

Justin Barrett was born in Cork city in 1971. He was fostered when he was…

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Why Cats Have Vertical Pupils

Jörgen Hartogs

by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor   |   August 07, 2015 02:25pm ET

Have you ever wondered why your cat’s eyes have those creepy vertical slits for pupils? A new study suggests the reason may lie in cats’ preferred mode of hunting.

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Domestic Cats (Felis silvestris catus) Do Not Show Signs of Secure Attachment to Their Owners

Jörgen Hartogs


The Ainsworth Strange Situation Test (SST) has been widely used to demonstrate that the bond between both children and dogs to their primary carer typically meets the requirements of a secure attachment (i.e. the carer being perceived as a focus of safety and security in otherwise threatening environments), and has been adapted for cats with a similar claim made. However methodological problems in this latter research make the claim that the cat-owner bond is typically a secure attachment, operationally definable by its behaviour in the SST, questionable. We therefore developed an adapted version of the SST with the necessary methodological controls which include a full counterbalance of the procedure. A cross-over design experiment with 20 cat-owner pairs (10 each undertaking one of the two versions of the SST first) and continuous focal sampling was used to record the duration of a range of behavioural states expressed by the cats…

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6 Secrets to Unlocking Your Cat’s Personality

Jörgen Hartogs

By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer   |   October 25, 2013 02:09pm ET

Get to know your cat

Why would little Mittens hide under the bed at the slightest sound, whereas Felix loves to cuddle with strangers? What makes Moxie scratch and bite when Henri would never unsheathe his claws?

Despite the fact that cats are the second-most popular pets in America, scientists are just now figuring out what makes one cat friendly and another a grouch. From pedigreed breeds to domestication, here are six secrets to a cat’s personality.

Their own masters

Cats really are the masters in the human-feline relationship. The feline is one of the few animals that domesticated on its own. The domestic cat arose from a wild ancestor cat called Felis silvestris lybica in the Near East and Africa, sometime between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago.

But though humans have bred specific dogs together for desired…

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Sorry, Cat Lovers: Felix Doesn’t Need You

Jörgen Hartogs

by Tia Ghose, Senior Writer   |   September 04, 2015 04:27pm ET

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