Colm O'Regan: Lockdown fancy, taken by the weeds

Colm O'Regan: Lockdown fancy, taken by the weeds

We all have our little tricks, to make ourselves feel better when times are glum. I like eating leftovers, testing loose batteries to see once and for all if the ...

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Colm O'Regan: Are we doing the masks thing or not?

Colm O'Regan: Are we doing the masks thing or not?

“Cmere? Are we doing the masks thing or NOT, like? What’s going on?”

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Colm O'Regan: The best thing about Normal People was Connell's cryingThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Colm O'Regan: The best thing about Normal People was Connell's crying

I was ready to not enjoy Normal People . I don’t mean not like it or not think it was good. Just not enjoy it. In the same way I find it hard to enjoy most ...

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Colm O'Regan: Impact of history is a modern-day concern

Colm O'Regan: Impact of history is a modern-day concern

Brexit told us that the UK history school curriculum seemed to have gaps. That there wasn’t much about the impact of their history on everyone else’s ...

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Opening Lines: On the art of correspondence

Opening Lines: On the art of correspondence

I found a letter the other day. From an era known as the time of the Great Cringe. An era spanning most of the 90s where a lot of my memories just make my face fold ...

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Colm O'Regan: I love a straight bit of road

Colm O'Regan: I love a straight bit of road

Before ‘All of This’, we went to Centerparcs. It was either a few months or a decade ago. Time has no meaning since the clocks were closed.

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Colm O'Regan: dancing in the social double-bubble

Colm O'Regan: dancing in the social double-bubble

We are told we are now in the era of the social double-bubble. Experts encourage us to metaphorically put our car keys in a bowl, pick another couple and stick to ...

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Colm O'Regan: I’m enjoying turning a waste-frown upside down

Colm O'Regan: I’m enjoying turning a waste-frown upside down

It’s time to talk rot. Not rancid rot. Not breaddy rot or chickeny rot. Nice rot. Eggshells and lettuce. Potato skins. The kind of stuff that you make you ...

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Colm O'Regan: of gratitude in an uncertain time

Colm O'Regan: of gratitude in an uncertain time

Gratitude. I’m grateful I found out about it actually. I had always thought of gratitude as a sort of fuzzy nice-to-have.

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Colm O'Regan: putting on the 'game face' - or not

Colm O'Regan: putting on the 'game face' - or not

Many mini-genres of social media bulls**t have blossomed like dandelions in this crisis. One of the more rage-inducing is ‘productivity shaming’.

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Colm O'Regan: 'It goes against everything I believe in to isolate my opinions from other people'

Colm O'Regan: 'It goes against everything I believe in to isolate my opinions from other people'

We are doing our darnedest to flatten the coronavirus curve. But, elsewhere, there are other curves growing exponentially.

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Colm O'Regan: Some things are un-Google-able

Colm O'Regan: Some things are un-Google-able

“I don’t know and I don’t think I’ll ever know. And that’s fine.” That’s my new mantra for sanity.

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Colm O'Regan: old films, old fairytales

Colm O'Regan: old films, old fairytales

Disney Plus? Another subscription? Surely now is not the time. Surely you can get the stuff from the libr...

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Colm O'Regan: The lockdown does strange things to folkThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Colm O'Regan: The lockdown does strange things to folk

We are everyone now. Reluctantly admitting we are as basic as David Gray’s White Ladder being your first CD, writes Colm O'Regan

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Colm O'Regan: You wouldn’t think much happened in Ireland before Italia 90 but they did some things right

Colm O'Regan: You wouldn’t think much happened in Ireland before Italia 90 but they did some things right

It’s calming to be doing something. I’m fretting mad about work drying up and needing to “make use of the time” given to us by the Shutdown, ...

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Colm O'Regan: The Tesco man is here!

Colm O'Regan: The Tesco man is here!

I mean, we always cheer when the Tesco Man arrives. He brings Freddo biscuits. But it’s different now, writes Colm O'Regan.

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Colm O'Regan: Don't reveal your remote work dossing when all of this is over

Colm O'Regan: Don't reveal your remote work dossing when all of this is over

Your motivation for working from home mightn’t be very high right now. Perhaps you’ve had a tough weekend. Maybe you were struck from a wedding guest ...

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Colm O'Regan: I voted to keep the Seanad on the assumption the Seanad would be reformed. I knew I was kidding myself

Colm O'Regan: I voted to keep the Seanad on the assumption the Seanad would be reformed. I knew I was kidding myself

A few weeks ago in this column I went to town on how wonderful our democracy is. I wrote lovingly of our Single Transferrable Votes and the accuracy with which they ...

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Colm O'Regan: Dear Potato People, I will front your campaign

Colm O'Regan: Dear Potato People, I will front your campaign

I wrote about this before but I need to write about it again. The World Potato Congress is coming here at a time of potato crisis.

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Colm O'Regan: Along with funerals, hurling and crisps, our voting system is something that we do spectacularly well

Colm O'Regan: Along with funerals, hurling and crisps, our voting system is something that we do spectacularly well

Every so often, to paraphrase the poet Robert Burns, we get a chance to see ourselves as others see us.

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Colm O'Regan: It feels like the election is over before it began

Colm O'Regan: It feels like the election is over before it began

Whether all of this will make a difference — well I’m not making any promises, writes Colm O'Regan

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Unfortunately, when you learn cursive writing and then it goes rusty, no one can read your handwriting. I was like a drunk doctor

Unfortunately, when you learn cursive writing and then it goes rusty, no one can read your handwriting. I was like a drunk doctor

I’LL BE talking about Meghan Markle. But I need to say in advance, don’t worry. You won’t be arguing about this column on Twitter. I feel I need ...

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Colm O'Regan: Scientists found a key hormone called drool which counteracts the brain’s ability to do simple sums when ordering a takeaway

Colm O'Regan: Scientists found a key hormone called drool which counteracts the brain’s ability to do simple sums when ordering a takeaway

We are getting a lot (possibly a sad amount) of joy finishing off leftovers.

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Colm O'Regan: After a lifetime of loyal-tea, I’ve started to stray

I haven’t completely made my peace with coffee. I never will.

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Colm O'Regan: I have a newfound respect for even the most outlandish of comb overs

Colm O'Regan: I have a newfound respect for even the most outlandish of comb overs

It’s an odd new year’s resolution: To stop taking photographs of the back of my head.

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Colm O'Regan: It's never too late to start your love affair with ballet

Colm O'Regan: It's never too late to start your love affair with ballet

I don’t know how far away from it I was reared, but it was a few miles anyway, and a few decades away as well. The ballet, I mean.

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Colm O'Regan: 'It's time to pay tribute to tribute bands'

Colm O'Regan: 'It's time to pay tribute to tribute bands'

It’s time to pay tribute to tribute bands: The solution to so many problems.

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Colm O'Regan: If we lift one small child up to put up the angel this year she’ll want it forever

Colm O'Regan: If we lift one small child up to put up the angel this year she’ll want it forever

Breath is bated. Breath is held. Centuries of disappointment are built into this moment.

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Colm O'Regan: The famous Capital Exercise book with its cartoons of people playing sport is another great snapshot of a different time

Colm O'Regan: The famous Capital Exercise book with its cartoons of people playing sport is another great snapshot of a different time

My papers will be available to the State on my death. That’s all my news.

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Colm O'Regan: For the time being at least, I’m less fast, less furious.

Colm O'Regan: For the time being at least, I’m less fast, less furious.

It seems like a backward step. To give up the 120, suggests Colm O'Regan.

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Colm O'Regan: The smell of old books is a scent that defies simile but also one that smells like a colour

Colm O'Regan: The smell of old books is a scent that defies simile but also one that smells like a colour

As the nights and the curtains draw in, I find myself inexorably drawn to the musty delights of the secondhand bookshop. I might set off for town to buy Cif but ...

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'If you want to feel good — okay smug — about yourself, buy or sell stuff secondhand'

'If you want to feel good — okay smug — about yourself, buy or sell stuff secondhand'

Toys are a great place to start. (If you are someone who needs/de-needs toys obviously.)

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Colm O'Regan: I have a few words of my own that I’m waiting to bring into polite conversation

Colm O'Regan: I have a few words of my own that I’m waiting to bring into polite conversation

Fine words butter no parnsips. That is true, but if your parsnips are already well-buttered, there’s nothing wrong with fine words.

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I simply will not be one of those families whose children use their parents’ Christian names. We are not in some sort of perverted cult

I simply will not be one of those families whose children use their parents’ Christian names. We are not in some sort of perverted cult

A Rubicon has been crossed. There we were, an adult couple on a night out, with no child in sight, and, with me confirming across a bar whether it was a merlot or ...

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Next time you see brace yourself in a headline, maybe check Met Eireann first

Next time you see brace yourself in a headline, maybe check Met Eireann first

Bleurgh. The first proper manky weather of the winter is never nice.

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'The New Thing party I’ve just arrived at unnoticed, is the audiobook'

'The New Thing party I’ve just arrived at unnoticed, is the audiobook'

Regular readers of this column will know that, when it comes to the New Thing, I’m generally late to the party.

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Colm O'Regan: Maths - What do you think of when you see the word?

Colm O'Regan: Maths - What do you think of when you see the word?

Maths: what do you think when you see the word?, asks Colm O'Regan.

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Opening Lines: Spotify is up in the cloud and when you want a song it comes down via tiny devils who don't pay tax

Opening Lines: Spotify is up in the cloud and when you want a song it comes down via tiny devils who don't pay tax

Warning: this may contain traces of someone talking about vinyl. May cause eyerolling if dose is exceeded. We got a record player. So for the first time in maybe ...

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Arguing with assholes uses up too much energy and if the current climate crisis teaches us anything, it’s that we need to conserve energy

Arguing with assholes uses up too much energy and if the current climate crisis teaches us anything, it’s that we need to conserve energy

I don’t go to many protests. But I went to the ‘Climate one’ last Friday week. I don’t mean to put myself at the centre of the story or anything ...

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Examine Yourself: Why did I agree to a nude photoshoot? I did it for me

Examine Yourself: Why did I agree to a nude photoshoot? I did it for me

There comes a time in a man’s life when he agrees to do a nude photoshoot. Why did I do it? I did it for me.

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I’m just a bearded wheezing giggly man on the ground

I’m just a bearded wheezing giggly man on the ground

I’m giggling but also it is tinged with tension. I peep out from behind the large sycamore. They are three trees away.

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It’s easy to see why Spike Island won awards

It’s easy to see why Spike Island won awards

It’s a cliche, but it’s true. You really start to find out how much there is to do in your country when you stop making eyes at other countries.

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What if I told you is an enticing phrase

What if I told you is an enticing phrase

“What if I told you...” It’s an enticing phrase. All the best ads start with it. “What if I told you there was a way to have a nice thing ...

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Waving from a canal boat is pure

Waving from a canal boat is pure

It takes approximately twenty seconds of travel on a canal barge to seriously consider moving to a houseboat. We were on the Royal Canal, heading for a jaunt west, ...

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The summer is finally over. All we are left with now is the Rose of Tralee

The summer is finally over. All we are left with now is the Rose of Tralee

There comes a time in August when you just know. The game is up. I mean, there might be another heatwave but it won’t be the same. The summer has lost its ...

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There should be a big canister of soapy stuff that an eejit could operate

There should be a big canister of soapy stuff that an eejit could operate

“HOW MUCH?!” As the latest uneven boom hits Ireland, it’s time for that phrase to be on the tip of our tongue,

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We are not far away from a time where strangers will call police if they see a child heading to the shop on their own

We are not far away from a time where strangers will call police if they see a child heading to the shop on their own

As soon as they open their eyes, your job begins. Yes, technically your job is to love them, parent them, help them blossom in an atmosphere of safety, support but ...

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'The station isn't a destination, it's a plot twist'

'The station isn't a destination, it's a plot twist'

For the first time in 30 years I was back at Fota Wildlife Park. How can so much time have elapsed between visits?

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