So I’ve been accepted to four universities for grad school, but I’m pretty much deciding between two, and I don’t know which school to choose. I’ve been a bit private about the universities I’ve been accepted to, but I’m gong to be more open now, since I’m trying to make this huge decision.

Basically I’m deciding between University College Dublin, and the University of Manchester. Both are great programs, great schools, great cities, the cost is about the same, etc. this is going to be very difficult, and I hope I’m able to make the right choice.

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Huge congrats to our captain fantastic, Paul O’Connell, has been voted ‘Player of the Tournament’ the 6 Nations 2015 winning 26% of the public vote (or 20k votes), which comprised of over 70k total votes.

Robbie Henshaw finished 3rd in the fan vote, just behind 2nd placed Alun Wyn Jones. Conor Murray placed 9th, which is ironic for a number 9,haha

RBS PLAYER OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP - WINNERS:

2015 - Paul O’Connell
2014 - Mike Brown
2013 - Leigh Halfpenny
2012 - Dan Lydiate
2011 - Andrea Masi
2010 - Tommy Bowe
2009 - Brian O’Driscoll
2008 - Shane Williams
2007 - Brian O’Driscoll
2006 - Brian O’Driscoll

27 March, 2015:Sinead O’Connor calls for a revolution for united Ireland: '1916 isn't finished - we should get off our butts and take our country'

Sinead O’Connor has called for a revolution to create a united Ireland.


The Nothing Compares 2 U songstress explained her recent flip flop into the political world, referencing her decision to join Sinn Fein in December before withdrawing her application in January.


Speaking to Brendan O’Connor on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio One, she said: “I went to Sinn Fein because I had, what I think was a good idea and the most respectful thing I could do with that idea was bring it to them.

“I’m not a politician, but I’m an ideas person. It struck me when I saw how the state was responding to the water protests in particular – there’s something very wrong and I wondered what it was and I thought about it for a while and realised that actually 1916 isn’t finished.

“What was promised in that proclamation hasn’t happened. “

“They persuaded me that I’d be bored s***less, pretty much waiting for them to get into government before being able to help generate any national discussion on the issue of ending partition,” she said of her decision at the time.

"It was said to me that people like myself are more useful ‘working alongside’ since we can say what we like," she added.

O’Connor appears to have taken their advice and is using her profile to raise awareness of what she perceives as national issues.

She went on to urge the unification of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland through non-violent means.

“It struck me that we really need to take our country, not violently. We’re subject, in the free state, to everybody up north dictating the timeframe in which we can begin conversations about unification,” she said.

“The idea that I have, which I think is a good idea, [is that] we perhaps, down here, get off our butts and take our country - not violently - and not let ourselves be under the time frame of everybody up north.

“We can’t have sovereignty until we’re one country.

“It’d be great if it wasn’t Ireland or Northern Ireland, if it was a new name and it was a new country altogether.”

She said the today’s issues cannot be resolved without “solving problems” from 1916.

“What I’d love us in the Free State to be talking about and caring about is unifying as a country. At the moment, all that’s on offer is the Good Friday Agreement.

“Even under the terms of that, when there’s a vote, if it fails, there won’t be another one for seven years so I would like us to start talking about it so we can fix matters quickly.

“You can’t solve problem 2015 without solving problem 1916.

“1916 is not finished. It never finished. And I think the three subsequent wars - what’s going on in the north now, the civil war and the war of independence, they’re still here. We’re still voting in the same parties.

When asked by O’Connor if she would consider spreading her message through, she explained that she can be more than an artist, but reiterated she is an “ideas” person.