The aftershock of a tumultuous Trump presidency, Brexit and a rise in right-wing political groups in Europe signifies a worrying return to the 1930s. Across most Western societies there have been progressive shifts over a relatively short period of time with gains in gender equality, LGBTQI rights, anti-racism movements, and…

Even pre-Covid, A&E was off its trolley. Frazzled nurses, manic patients and the inexorable descent into madness. This is an account of my day spent at one of Dublin’s busiest hospitals, when social distancing was but a wistful dream.

A sea of people. A cacophony of whimpers and groans permeate the room. I sit bleary eyed on a plastic chair masterfully engineered to simultaneously enhance human misery and maximise discomfort. Squashed between a vending machine and another “emergency” patient, I watch as patient after patient is called ahead of…

Sea swimming in Skerries with the all important smug robe

‘We’ll just walk in but make sure you keep swimming!’ my friend Klara said enthusiastically. I laughed — my own enthusiasm waning slightly as I peered into the icy looking sea below us. It was October and we were long past the ‘Indian summer’ period. Although it was a crisp…

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As if grappling with 2020 wasn’t bad enough, we now have to deal with an uptake in death-defying Darwin Award contenders. This dark take on epochal stupidity sees awards given to idiots who do things like protest during a pandemic, next to hundreds of other idiots, armed with assault rifles…

Day 974. Woke up this morning looking like Bob Geldof. The ‘isolation look’ is very à la mode until you realise halfway through your Zoom* call that you probably should have showered. Confinement thus far has been less Rapunzel, more Rumpelstiltskin but I very much look forward to ‘letting my…

How productive has your covid-19 pandemic been? How many zoom quizzes and virtual house parties have you attended? Which quarantine competitions have you won? …

Dearbhla Crosse

Freelance writer and artist ‘Opinionated’. Delusions of mediocrity in a world of over-achievers. Interested in women’s rights, education and the environment.

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