Rebacca T writes:

Lily who works at getting in the Christmas spirit!


Alexandra T writes:

Molly doing her best reindeer impersonation….


Kate D writes:

Hooper is always delighted by our offering of the giant cat toy in the living room.


Sinead writes:

Got this photo from my mum last night. Poor Bruno – he’s really not feeling the Christmas spirit in this get up.



All the pathos heavy pets that have appeared in Broadsheet’s My Pet at Xmas this year.

Is your dog/cat/rabbit among the menagerie of 120 Xmas-attired animals?

Kindly and patiently compiled by Sam Fitzpatrick, who has no pets of his own.

Hence the plaintive piano music.


A happy Xmas to all pet owning readers. My pet at Xmas to marked ‘My Pet At Xmas.


Rufus T. Firefly writes:

Some punter in Brew Dock got all judgey on my 31-week pregnant friend who was enjoying a rare (and solitary I might add) alcohol-free drink with colleagues after work this evening. The woman handed her this missive, crudely inscribed on the back of a beer mat. Good thing the woman left immediately after, else a rumble would’ve surely ensued. The noive!!!


Emer O’Toole, in The Guardian, writes:

“This year, a suicidal teenage victim of rape and torture (Miss Y) was forced to carry her pregnancy to viability and deliver by C-section. And now we have a clinically dead woman being ventilated and fed for the sake of an insentient foetus, while her heartbroken family takes legal action in order to mourn her.”

“But we mustn’t get emotional. There’s no political appetite for another abortion debate. Kenny has already dealt with this issue. The passing of the protection of life during pregnancy bill last year was very difficult for him and his party. He deserves a pat on the back for legislating at all.”

“If you must discuss this case, do so cooly: in terms, perhaps, of its potential effects on the career prospects of male politicians? Is the ambitious Leo Varadkar, the health minister, using this case opportunistically? What might it mean for the future leadership of Fine Gael? That’s what matters here. Women’s bodies, women’s lives, women’s rights: those are messy, incendiary topics, best avoided.”

“However, you can’t just say “no comment” if you’re the taoiseach. It might look cold. “And so, Kenny, while carefully strapping his knees to the legs of a chair lest they betray some kind of humanity, recommends a careful measure of empathy: “Let anybody put themselves in the position of this family,” he says. And I can’t help but wonder if he can countenance this kind of empathy because it allows him a male subject position.”

“Let anybody put themselves in the position of this family. Then let anybody put themselves in the position of Savita Halappanavar, in pain, miscarrying, at increased risk of septicaemia, denied an abortion. Or of Miss Y, raped, seeking asylum in a country that bureaucratically continues her torture. Or of a woman told her foetus has a fatal abnormality but that she must continue to carry it. Or of a terrified teenage girl waiting for the abortifacient pills she ordered from some dodgy website. Or of a mother-of-two, going through a marriage breakup, who finds she is pregnant. Or of any of the women who contact Mara Clarke’s Abortion Support Network, asking for help to cross the Irish channel, each with their stories, each with their reasons.”

“Women’s experiences are routinely erased from Irish discourse on abortion. Our government and media won’t engage with the reality of living in a body that gets pregnant. When others do, they are dismissed as irrational, emotive: feminine.”

“Objectivity, historian Helen Graham once said, is not an equidistant position between any two points. It is right to be angry and upset in the face of injustice. 2014 has shown us the truth about the contempt for women underlying Kenny’s new legislation.”

“Be angry that a dead woman’s body is being used as an incubator. Be upset that Miss Y was forced to carry her rapist’s child to 24 weeks. These are women’s bodies. These are women’s lives. And that is what matters here.”

A brain-dead Irish woman’s body is being used as an incubator. Be angry (Emer O’Toole, The Guardian)

Previously: How Soon Is Now

‘The Role Of The State Is To Ease The Burden Of People, Not To Add To It’



Heard the one about the ambitious, bloodthirsty Seoiges?


Heard the one about the ambitious, bloodthirsty Seoiges from the 16th Century?

Pirate Queen of Connaught, Gráinne Mhaol is the subject of the concluding episode of Holding Out For A Hero, comic Neil Delamere’s journey through Ireland’s heroically flawed past.

Holding Out For A Hero on Monday, 22nd December on RTÉ2 9pm.


Should there be room in your stocking.

A sample sale from the latest collections by Irish designers.

Natalie writes:

Hi, we are having a Sample Sale today and tomorrow, 13 designers all under 1 roof, great discounts so perfect for Christmas gifts/stocking fillers…..

Irish-made stocking fillers to marked ‘Irish-Made Stocking Fillers’