Reads of the Week #24


First, one of Anthony Wilson’s Lifesaving Poems, from Catherine Smith: How It All Started.

This is the digital StoryMap of an Irish archaeological journey along the Carlow bypass, a brilliant resource for history teachers.

One of the greatest hurlers of all time Jimmy Doyle dies last week, Vincent Hogan wrote beautifully about him here.

Another great use of mappingand a great resource again: 1916 Rising Pension Claimants mapped onto the 1912 OSI map.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar’s poem “Rooms Remembered” is the best I’ve read on grief in a long time.

Barnardos has proposed we provide free primary education for all, why stop there?

And finally, Tom Bennett has a new job, but holds no illusions about how difficult but rewarding teaching can be.

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Reads of the Week #23


A metaphor merchant? How much would one charge per metaphor? It depends… 

“Who is E.D. Hirsch? What does he believe?”

Ben Lerner on Disliking Poetry

‘Irishmen need not apply’: the failure of a Four Nations labour movement

‘Secret amateurs still read Ulysses but as a furtive perversion’ –Declan Kiberd, the best teacher I had in university.

Appropriate for all summer readers Tom Gauld on book guilt

And finally, another beautiful piece by Mary Ann Reilly, Her Husband

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Reads of the Week #22


First, here’s Carl Hendrick on how important research is in education, and how little we use it. 

How much has happened since you were born? A brilliant visualisation from the BBC on how has Earth changed since the day you were born.
This is James Theobald on how breaking education out of a subject based structure is nonsense.

Andy Tharby writes about how great writing teaches with and for a teacher.

And finally, amid all the talk about Yeats, here’s Roy Foster on his politics.

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Reads of the Week #21


Here are seven things I read this week that made me think, inspired me or taught me something I didn’t know 

Ellen Metcalf: Government-Sponsored Agencies Dispense Harmful Advice on Leaving Certificate

Eric Nebbia: Ways Teachers Avoid Saying “No.” 

Gary Kaye: Education is a marathon, not a sprint 

HeatherBellaF: The Hydra

The Quirky Teacher: Are teachers their own worst enemy?

Interesting Literature Blog: A short history of word ‘serendipity’ and its literary origins

From the Archives of the Irish Times May 30th, 1959: The first VW ever built outside Germany was assembled in Ballsbridge

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Reads of the Week #20


First some history: here’s Charlotte Hobson review of Stalin by Oleg Khlevniuk: He understood the power of terror so well because he constantly feared for his own life. 

Next is equality in Ireland. Irish legislation allows for discrimination in schools, so Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act (2004) must be deleted immediately, from Voice for Teachers blog. 

Andy Tharby writes about the value and tribulations of assessment for teachers: Assessment – it’s all in our heads

This is DJ Gallo in the Guardian: Numb3rs for l3tter5: how Nike started sport’s most annoying trend

Aidan Regan says we got the crash wrong and we’re getting the recovery wrong too: Ireland’s ‘recovery’ wasn’t austerity but public sector policy

This is gold: Roddy Doyle on Bill O’Herlihy.

And finally a photoessay from Foreign Policy on The Forgotten Kingdom of Sikkim

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Reads of the Week #19


First for the historians here’s Brenda Malone on The IRA ‘Big Gun’ and the Death of Matt Furlong, 1920.

Next a blogpost from Cedar Lounge Revolution on prioritising conditions over pay in talks.

Here’s an oldie but a relaxing goodie: Ten paintings worth an afternoon.

For Liverpool fans it’s been another long week, here’s Ken Early on the retiree: No place for Steven Gerrard in the age of analytics.

And finally, over a hugely emotional few days in Ireland my friend Aisling wrote this: (Moments).

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How the CRYP Centre Helped Me by Fintan O’Mahony

Originally posted on Cry Ireland blog:

Love___Heart_of_hearts_042863_It’s been a busy few months. I’m getting two weeks off from Wednesday, which is welcome I suppose. Where this all began is with an appointment at the CRYP centre in Tallaght hospital to get my three girls, and me, checked for any irregularities in our hearts. We were monitored, scanned, I ran farther on a treadmill than,  it is safe to say, I have run in quite sometime and were sent home with Holter monitors to wear over night.

Actually, it didn’t begin with that at all. It began in the summer of 2006 when, while on holiday in Killarney with my wife and then only one daughter we got a phone call nobody would wish on his worst enemy: my brother had been found dead in his apartment in Dublin. Conor had been treated for a heart problem for years before and now at 32 he was gone…

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