Vampire kiss for you: shocking, free short film, soundtrack, ebook

I had the idea for Vampire Story a couple of years back, to tie Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, in with modern vampires living in Stoker’s hometown of Dublin. I didn’t realise how big the project would become. Making a film, even a short one, is a piece of work. Dozens of talented people, location permits, equipment hire,… Continue reading Vampire kiss for you: shocking, free short film, soundtrack, ebook

Top 5 reasons why Ireland should legalise cannabis in 2021

Is weed legal in Ireland? In a word, no. Medical cannabis is becoming more widely accepted as having value for many patients, and access is slowly being relaxed. We’re still waiting for recreational cannabis legalisation. You can help by taking our cannabis legalisation poll here.

420 is a demand for change. Legalize hemp and cannabis worldwide now

What 420 means, origin story In 1971, five high school students in San Rafael, California, used the term in connection with a plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop, based on a treasure map made by the grower (sounds like a movie waiting to happen). The group called themselves The Waldos, met after school at 4:20 PM,… Continue reading 420 is a demand for change. Legalize hemp and cannabis worldwide now

Black and Tans, Ireland’s colonial history, Britain’s war crimes

Varadkar and Flanagan bow to Irish backlash over plan to commemorate British war crimes in Ireland Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar (pictured above, at right), and law and order minister, Charlie Flanagan, both from the Fine Gael political party, have been shamed into dropping a contentious commemoration of the Black and Tans and the Royal… Continue reading Black and Tans, Ireland’s colonial history, Britain’s war crimes

We can resolve Brexit with an all-Ireland vote on reunification and a united Ireland

Forget the backstop, let’s deal with the elephant in the room: a united Ireland solves all the problems The EU knows it, and so does everybody else. The island of Ireland makes more sense as a single administrative area, with the border disappearing completely, mentally as well as physically. A relic of British colonialism and… Continue reading We can resolve Brexit with an all-Ireland vote on reunification and a united Ireland

Ireland decriminalises drug possession – a positive step towards cannabis legalisation

You can still go to jail for possessing personal cannabis A new policy approach towards possession of illegal drugs for personal use in Ireland was announced by Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne, in Dublin on 2 August 2019. The policy… Continue reading Ireland decriminalises drug possession – a positive step towards cannabis legalisation

How to stop drug war slaughter in Ireland: Legalise and control cannabis

Ireland a bastion of liberal humanism? You think? You’d think, wouldn’t you, that Ireland is a bastion of liberal humanism, not at all isolated and insular out there on Europe’s western fringe, but a cosmopolitan, secular, fun place to be. You think? Nah. Ireland is still very conservative, unimaginative and a ‘nanny state’. When we… Continue reading How to stop drug war slaughter in Ireland: Legalise and control cannabis

Climate strike Dublin, 15 March 2019

There is no planet B When Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg decided that she couldn’t wait for the adults to take climate change for the existential threat that it is, and started a school strike to draw attention to the issue, did she imagine the scale of what would come? It was a truly impressive butterfly… Continue reading Climate strike Dublin, 15 March 2019

Flash fiction – Privilege Revoked by Gary J Byrnes

Tell a story in 300 words or less Flash fiction is all about brevity. From Ernest Hemingway’s famed six word story (look it up here!) to the Liberties Flash Fiction competition’s 300 words, it’s a great exercise. My story, Privilege Revoked, won the 2015 competition, and I publish it here for your enjoyment (Note: this story… Continue reading Flash fiction – Privilege Revoked by Gary J Byrnes

Vote yes to remove blasphemy from Ireland’s Constitution (Yes we did!)

Peasant Ireland Picture the times: Peasants roamed the shabby streets, gathering the droppings from passing horses and the occasional nuggets of coal that fell from carts, numbed the pain of existence with stout and whiskey. It was a filthy land, the deep wounds left by tribal conflicts still oozing poison. Into the social void, the… Continue reading Vote yes to remove blasphemy from Ireland’s Constitution (Yes we did!)