Spring Wools, Ballymount Road, Walkinstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Socks aren’t the most obvious stress reliever. There’s nothing obviously soothing or cheering about them. They’re just socks. But whenever I find myse(...)

Until the advent of the radio and the record player, if you wanted to listen to music in your own home, you had to make it yourself. For centuries, si(...)

The summer before I started college, I lost my heart to a Western. As I waited nervously for my Leaving Cert results, I distracted myself with (...)

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