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Every year the streets of Galway are brought to life by the energy, wildness and fun of the annual Macnas parade. It is an important part of the ritual and culture of our city and gives everyone in our community the opportunity to come together, participate in something really unique, and show the rest of …Read the Rest

In the beginning it happens out of necessity. Even the best prepared junior doctor regularly finds themselves in situations where they are completely out of their depth and where they have no option but to wing it – to pretend they have the knowledge, to know how to react, or to simply pretend they have …Read the Rest

Two Hands

Sep 03


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If you have a spare 18 minutes, you could do a lot worse than watch this profoundly moving documentary about the concert pianist, Leon Fleisher. Fleisher’s early career was devastated by the development of a rare neurological disorder known as finger dytsonia. The movie, directed by Nathaniel Kahn, was nominated for an Oscar in 2007. …Read the Rest


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The late comedian, Bill hicks has a hilarious routine on the perils growing old. Although its probably best not reproduce the actual wording here, he remarks how, if he were to be given extra years in life (he wasn’t), he’d rather have them in the middle of his life rather than at the end. He …Read the Rest

This year my wife and I decided to compile a list of all of the holidays we’ve had since we had kids. Its a nice list and we’re lucky to have travelled as well as we have. I always get excited about going. There’s the anticipation of down-time away from work (and other peoples’ problems), …Read the Rest

 “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” (Pascal)  So this week I spent an hour of my time listening to a recording of silence. The silence I listened to was from a 3 track CD called Anail (Anail – the Irish word for ‘breath’). It is a series …Read the Rest

  I really don’t mind if you do. Although joint injections in the my hands aren’t too painful, the first time a doctor put a needle into my knee I swore*. The expletives popped out of me, just like they did when I splashed petrol in my eyes filling up the lawnmower, or when I …Read the Rest

Everyone working in healthcare should have a quick look at this very funny video. Although it pokes fun at the inability of men to listen and empathise effectively, it could just as easily represent a doctor patient interaction. Whereas a medical explanation for a patient’s problem might be obvious very early in the course of …Read the Rest

Like a lot of other social media addicts, I fear my brain may be changing. Constantly feeding my brain with a diet of high calorie online information and ideas, I am finding it increasingly difficult to switch the darn thing off. Hyped up on the sorts of epiphanies presented through TED talks, I sometimes have difficulty …Read the Rest

On a couple of evenings, most weeks during the summer, I go for a swim in the sea.  The first foray into the water in early June after the winter and spring layoff always comes as a shock to the system. No matter how many times I return after the break, the anticipation of the cold …Read the Rest