Admit the Problem to Solve it

When it comes to slurry everyone gets defensive. I get dismissed with lots of romantic ideology and nostalgia claiming that this is how Ireland farms, mindful of nature and it’s never been a problem before. Tell that to the cow as she’s artificially inseminated. I call bullsh1t. It is time we started to have honest conversations about the economic, social and environmental impacts of farming today. … More Admit the Problem to Solve it

Imagine Parenting

I must say I’m loving all the memes, videos, tic tocs, tweets and more about home schooling. All the gratitude pouring out for teachers. The sudden realisation that home schooling is not for many of us. Most of us are now getting a taste of hands on parenting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. … More Imagine Parenting

Imagine Science

Over the past 3 weeks we have had daily briefings about the pandemic, by the government. The nation has come to recognise the Chief Medical Officer over everyone else in these past weeks. We have an emergency. We have the scientist qualified in that field advising. We are being briefed by the experts in that area. Rightly … More Imagine Science

Imagine School

Schools have been shut for 3 weeks now. College students have gone home for the remainder of the academic year. Junior and Leaving Cert students have all been given top marks in the oral exams they couldn’t take in March. Deadlines for practical and course work have been extended to late May. Uncertainty hangs over … More Imagine School

Imagine Meetings

Things have changed with meetings. The formal boardroom has learned to adapt or gone into retirement. Casual group meetings are now a more structured activity. A visit to the grandparents means wiping fingerprints off the screens. People are sharing a cup of tea or glass of wine and a chat with friends via their laptops. … More Imagine Meetings

Imagine Healthcare

Imagine Irish emigrants returning home because there are jobs here for them. All those medical professionals who had studied for years in Irish universities and colleges finally able to return to practice their trade at home. Imagine nurses and frontline staff, who had been on strike over conditions and pay a year earlier, being celebrated … More Imagine Healthcare

Imagine Gardening

The past couple of weeks have seen a surge in seed orders across Ireland. Coupled with beautiful weather and nothing much else to be doing, half the country will probably be in the garden this weekend and into next week. Very often people talk about daffodils, roses and the greenest grass when discussing their garden but the … More Imagine Gardening