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Orlagh Winters: Irish Cancer Society Ad Campaign Sickens Me

Orlagh Winters: Irish Cancer Society Ad Campaign Sickens Me

January 18, 2017 at 10:29 am 2 comments

DRIVING home from University College Hospital Galway during the week, I turned the radio off in temper. Why? Because of that bloody advert for the Irish Cancer Society. You know the one, “I want to get cancer…” It angers and sickens me so much that I can feel the bile rise inside […]

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Orlagh Winters at the Connect Kerry Ladies Lunch in aid of Recovery Haven at Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Orlagh Winters: Forget Online Shopping And Support Local This Christmas

December 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm 2 comments

SO it is definitely feeling like Christmas in town and the lights and decorations are just fantastic. Huge kudos goes to Sean Murphy and his hardworking team for the magnificent lighting displays all over town. As many of you who have ever heard me MC an event, I always point […]

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Orlagh Winters at the Connect Kerry Ladies Lunch in aid of Recovery Haven at Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Sunday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Orlagh Winters: Do Something To Make A Difference This Christmas

November 30, 2016 at 10:38 am Comments are Disabled

LAST week I was MC for a fashion show that was organized by the students of the IT Tralee in aid of St Vincent de Paul. They did a tremendous job of showing styles that are available from both shops here in Tralee. One of the things that struck me […]

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Orlagh Winters: When Is The Government Going To Act On Our Mental Health Crisis?

Orlagh Winters: When Is The Government Going To Act On Our Mental Health Crisis?

November 22, 2016 at 10:09 am Comments are Disabled

YESTERDAY I read a tweet from a man who I hugely admire as he has spoken candidly about his battle with depression and written some heartbreaking pieces about his own mental health and suicidal thoughts. Conor tweeted a frightening statistic, that in a 16 day period in Cork, 16 people […]

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Orlagh Winters: A Scary Encounter With Abusive, Drunken Men

Orlagh Winters: A Scary Encounter With Abusive, Drunken Men

October 26, 2016 at 10:28 am Comments are Disabled

SO last weekend I was walking to my car after work at about 10.45pm and I encountered two guys who were clearly drunk, so I walked off the path and on to the road as they were blocking my way. As I walked by, they were joined by a third guy […]

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Orlagh Winters: Let’s Hope America Sees Sense And Dumps Trump

Orlagh Winters: Let’s Hope America Sees Sense And Dumps Trump

October 18, 2016 at 11:54 am 3 comments

THANKFULLY I was raised by a man who taught me morals, good manners and above all the difference between right and wrong. My father is a man who I admire and a man who has always been someone I can pick up the phone to get a logical answer to […]

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Orlagh Winters: Kudos To Sydney Rose For Voicing Opinion About Eighth Amendment

Orlagh Winters: Kudos To Sydney Rose For Voicing Opinion About Eighth Amendment

August 27, 2016 at 11:56 am 2 comments

“ORLAGH Winters, get outside my door and don’t come back until you change your attitude!” Over 25 years ago and I still remember the day that I was asked to leave religion class, because I dared to disagree with the nun who was giving a very one sided debate about abortion. […]

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Orlagh Winters: Two Women Who Are An Inspiration To Us All

Orlagh Winters: Two Women Who Are An Inspiration To Us All

August 16, 2016 at 10:50 am Comments are Disabled

NOT all superheroes wear capes or indeed have the wealth of Hollywood stars or the big houses of the mega rich musical artists. Some are just ordinary folk who are leading extraordinary lives. I write this having just watched the interview on the RTE Player of the Miriam O’Callaghan show […]

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Orlagh Winters: My Anger At The Bitchiness Of Women Towards Each Other

Orlagh Winters: My Anger At The Bitchiness Of Women Towards Each Other

August 3, 2016 at 11:14 am Comments are Disabled

SO I met an acquaintance over the weekend and I asked her how did her friend’s recent wedding go?  (I know the bride and she is one of the most beautiful girls in Kerry) “Alright, I expected more from her to be honest Orlagh.” “In what way?” I quizzed “Her […]

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Orlagh Winters: What Advice Would You Give Your 16-Year-Old Self?

Orlagh Winters: What Advice Would You Give Your 16-Year-Old Self?

July 13, 2016 at 10:16 am Comments are Disabled

SO for this week’s column I posed the question on both my personal page and my blog page (Winters Tales); “What advice would you give your sixteen year old self?” Why did I ask this question? Well I wonder if – at the age of sixteen – I knew what would happen in […]

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Orlagh Winters: Why We Shouldn’t Lose Faith In Our Priests

Orlagh Winters: Why We Shouldn’t Lose Faith In Our Priests

July 6, 2016 at 10:53 am 1 comment

MANY times since I started writing for TraleeToday people have asked me to cover different topics, some I take on board and others I ignore. Last week a friend told me about an article that she read about priests. I thought that this would be one of the topics that […]

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Orlagh Winters: Some People Share Too Much About Their Kids On Social Media

Orlagh Winters: Some People Share Too Much About Their Kids On Social Media

June 30, 2016 at 9:59 am 1 comment

LAST week I posted on my personal page that I couldn’t understand the new phenomenon of parents posting their children’s school reports on Facebook. Lots of people agreed with me and some disagreed. My argument is that with all the pressures that children experience today, do they really need to […]

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Orlagh Winters: The Irish Are Great For The Funerals

Orlagh Winters: The Irish Are Great For The Funerals

June 23, 2016 at 10:01 am Comments are Disabled

SOCIAL media was a little crazy this week when Radio Kerry announced that there were no deaths to report. It made me laugh as one of the things I hate when I go home to Loughrea is the silence that has to be observed after the one o’clock news bulletin on […]

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Orlagh Winters: An Unforgettable Encounter In Listowel

Orlagh Winters: An Unforgettable Encounter In Listowel

June 9, 2016 at 11:26 am Comments are Disabled

  AT some stage of our lives we will all meet someone who will strike a chord in some way with us, be it romantically, platonically, intellectually, or indeed spiritually and we will connect with them on some level. Last weekend in John B Keane’s bar in Listowel I was […]

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Orlagh Winters: Only One Place For Fashion-Lovers This Weekend

Orlagh Winters: Only One Place For Fashion-Lovers This Weekend

June 2, 2016 at 11:04 am Comments are Disabled

COMMUNITY spirit is so vital in rural Ireland to ensure that we are not forgotten about by the urban folk. Lately I have been privy to just how great community spirit works. As you all know, I am an avid fashion follower and regularly act as MC for fashion events […]

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Orlagh Winters: We Need To Look At Our Attitude To Mental Health

Orlagh Winters: We Need To Look At Our Attitude To Mental Health

May 19, 2016 at 1:21 pm 2 comments

SO here we are after less than two weeks after Darkness Into Light and once again the issue of mental health is at the forefront of social media. This time the singer Sinead O’Connor was subjected to the most vile, vitriolic and basically inhumane abuse at the hands of the […]

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Orlagh Winters: It’s Time We All Stood Up To The Bullies Out There

Orlagh Winters: It’s Time We All Stood Up To The Bullies Out There

May 12, 2016 at 3:15 pm Comments are Disabled

THIS morning I saw a powerful video on Facebook called The Power to Stand Up by Kerry woman and former Irish Rugby star Siobhan Fleming (it can be viewed at the end of this column). It is a thought-provoking video encouraging us all to stand up to bullies. Bullies are everywhere […]

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Orlagh Winters: Some Kerry GAA Fans Behaved Badly On Social Media After Sunday’s Game

Orlagh Winters: Some Kerry GAA Fans Behaved Badly On Social Media After Sunday’s Game

April 27, 2016 at 10:11 am 1 comment

FIRSTLY can I start by saying I do not know an awful lot about football. Growing up in East Galway, hurling was the sport that my town of Loughrea is better known for. My sporting interests were always hurling and rugby and still are to this day. Soon after I moved to […]

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Orlagh Winters: You Have To See This Movie That Captures Kerry In All Its Glory

Orlagh Winters: You Have To See This Movie That Captures Kerry In All Its Glory

April 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm 1 comment

THERE are many wonderful things about living in Kerry and none more so than the spectacular scenery. Last night I got what can only be described as a “catch your breath” moment when I attended the Irish premiere of a fascinating film called The Uncountable Laughter Of The Sea. The […]

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Orlagh Winters: When Will This Insensitive Intrusion Into People’s Grief End?

Orlagh Winters: When Will This Insensitive Intrusion Into People’s Grief End?

April 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm Comments are Disabled

ANY of you who read the Sunday Independent last week could not have been anything but touched by the poignant piece Sarah Molloy wrote about her late sister, Cathriona White who sadly had taken her own life a short few months ago. Due to the fact that she was the ex-girlfriend […]

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Orlagh Winters: Think Before You Buy That Fake Designer Handbag

Orlagh Winters: Think Before You Buy That Fake Designer Handbag

April 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm Comments are Disabled

RECENTLY I have seen an awful lot of pages advertising they are selling fake designer bags, belts, watches etc and it got me thinking. Do you realise where these products are made? They are made in sweatshops and almost always include child labour. Don’t get me wrong I, like everyone, love to get […]

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Orlagh Winters: My Encounter With The Stranger Side Of Social Media

Orlagh Winters: My Encounter With The Stranger Side Of Social Media

April 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm Comments are Disabled

SO yesterday I got a message via Facebook from a friend of mine to tell me that someone was using my profile pic as theirs. The person, who set up the fake account under the name ‘Catherine Ruff’, had sent him a friend request. When I looked them up I couldn’t find […]

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Orlagh Winters: Be A Voice For People In A Dark Place

Orlagh Winters: Be A Voice For People In A Dark Place

March 23, 2016 at 11:52 am Comments are Disabled

WHERE will you be at 4.15am on May 7? If you are in Tralee, the answer to that question should be at CBS The Green waiting to take part in the Darkness Into Light Tralee. The event is taking place to raise much-needed funds for Pieta House. The idea is to […]

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Orlagh Winters: If You’re Abroad For St Patrick’s Day, You’ll Miss These Six Very Irish Things

Orlagh Winters: If You’re Abroad For St Patrick’s Day, You’ll Miss These Six Very Irish Things

March 16, 2016 at 3:06 pm Comments are Disabled

AS it’s Paddy’s week I decided to have a look at what we miss when we are away from our little green isle. As there are so many of our friends and relations who live abroad, I am sure that we are all familiar with the excitement of sending or […]

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Orlagh Winters: I’m Finally Taking The Plunge And Starting A Blog

Orlagh Winters: I’m Finally Taking The Plunge And Starting A Blog

March 9, 2016 at 10:40 am Comments are Disabled

SO yesterday was International Women’s Day and I finally took the plunge and started a personal blog called Winters Tales on Facebook. It is amazing that I have no problem getting up and speaking in front of hundreds of people and writing for TraleeToday, but I am terrified of putting […]

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Orlagh Winters: Life Is So Short And Precious, Don’t Put Off Following Your Dreams

Orlagh Winters: Life Is So Short And Precious, Don’t Put Off Following Your Dreams

March 1, 2016 at 10:22 am 4 comments

SO this week wasn’t a very nice one for my family as my young cousin aged only 29 was tragically killed in a car accident last Saturday in County Galway. Laura was a wonderful person and really epitomized living life to the full. She packed an awful lot into her […]

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Orlagh Winters: The Sun Is Out So It’s Time To Think About The Spring/Summer Wardrobe

Orlagh Winters: The Sun Is Out So It’s Time To Think About The Spring/Summer Wardrobe

February 24, 2016 at 10:09 am Comments are Disabled

WHAT a beautiful  day it was here in the kingdom yesterday. The sun was shining all day long and there was a beautiful stretch to the evening. Finally we can start thinking about our spring/summer wardrobe. Here in Tralee we are lucky enough to see what are going to be […]

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Orlagh Winters: Every Conversation Can Change A Life

Orlagh Winters: Every Conversation Can Change A Life

February 17, 2016 at 11:19 am Comments are Disabled

YESTERDAY I came across a truly inspirational video by a fellow Galway person, Pat Divilly. He delivered a very powerful message about how every conversation can change a life. Watch the video (at the bottom of this column), as it really will make your day. The crux of the message […]

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Orlagh Winters: The Horror Of ‘Revenge Porn’

Orlagh Winters: The Horror Of ‘Revenge Porn’

February 10, 2016 at 10:00 am 1 comment

VERY little at this stage of my life surprises me but I was horrified to read about the alleged behaviour of a few UCD male students. They are said to have set up a group on What’s App and shared pictures of naked girls that they had slept with and then […]

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Orlagh Winters: Mental Health Should Be A Major Election Issue

Orlagh Winters: Mental Health Should Be A Major Election Issue

February 3, 2016 at 10:17 am Comments are Disabled

I’VE debated with myself for a while on whether or not to write about this subject as thankfully it is not something that has ever knocked on my door but it has affected many friends. The subject is suicide and there is not a day that I don’t hear of […]

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