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Now I know I’ve made it!

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 5:01pm

Let me take a quick guess - there’s about 20 keyboard warriors behind it - but I was absolutely thrilled that I made a People’s Republic of Cork forum page.

How would I describe it? They sound like keyboard warriors who hide behind their PCs, phones etc and do nothing else but gossip and have anger management issues.

My friend in London told me my name was used in it and I rubbed my hands in glee.

And better again, they seem to all read this column as it was mentioned - thanks guys. I just want to give you all a big shout out for mentioning my column and Cork’s best newspaper!

I laughed my head off at the comments. Keep them coming, remember what Oscar Wilde said: “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”


Blunt Brenda

“Hi Blunt Brenda.

My friend was one of those people who always said she would never put her child on Facebook; Instagram etc. To be honest I hate seeing kids on Facebook.

I have two of my own and never put them on any of my social media accounts. It just doesn’t sit well with me.

I really think sharing photos of your children on Facebook puts them at risk. Her child is cute yes, but do I need to see him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat? No!

It’s driving me nuts and I just want to know how would you approach it if you were me? Orlaith.


“Hi Orlaith.

As an aunt to two gorgeous girls - their mam has just had a beautiful new boy and she decided from the very start they wouldn’t feature on her social media accounts.

So as an aunt, I never share any pictures of them either. If I were you, I would just remind her of all the information that she’s giving away.

Their date of birth, place of birth, or tagging any photographs with a geographical location that could be used by somebody who wanted to steal the child’s identity.

Also, what about consent? I’d remind her what type of information would children want to see about themselves at a later date?

We also now know that recruiters use social networking sites to research job candidates and I believe that many recruiters would be influenced by a candidate’s online presence.

My advice to her would be ‘if she’s putting information out there, she’s possibly putting her child at risk in the present, and could be really be putting them to risk in the future’.

Feel free to disagree, I’m not against it I just worry about the future and unfortunately, I’ve seen it myself where people have stolen the identity of children on social media.


Blunt Brenda.



Go on sure, let’s carry on with my weird and wacky crushes. This month it’s one of our own.

Minister of Housing Eoghan Murphy (look at least I didn’t say Simon Harris)!

I’m not the only who thinks this. There’s something so nerdy and sexy about him, I love that all stubble.

Did you hear the alleged rumours that Bertie Ahern was on Tinder?! How funny is that? I know they were only rumours.

Being honest, I dunno could I keep up with him.

He had a huge expense bill for all that makeup before.

Bertie wasn’t sparing the blusher, that’s for sure. I’m so bad at doing my own make up maybe we could double date. ‘Bertie does Brenda’s makeup!’

I couldn’t go out with you Bertie Boy! But as for Eoghan Murphy, there’s possibly a splash of fake tan going on there.

Sure we will put up with that.

Cork’s very own tanning guru Audrey O’Neill who is without a doubt the best woman to do a fake tan and makeup could give Bertie and Eoghan a few lessons!

Maybe I’ll have Eoghan and Audrey can have Bertie and we can switch half way through the date.

After all, sharing is caring folks!



I wasn’t the biggest Michael Jackson fan ever, but I was hooked on ‘Leaving Neverland’.

Some stations have banned his music, some haven’t. And I’ve also read online that his music has risen to the top of the UK charts after ‘Leaving Neverland’ was broadcast.

I’ll be honest (and this is just my opinion) I don’t entirely believe (Jackson accuser) Wade Robson. How can you not cry on a documentary about something so tragic that happened you?

Great documentary work by Dan Reed without a doubt, he’s even been quoted as saying “Leaving

Neverland should not stop Jackson’s music”.

It’s Wade

Robson I have an issue with. Not (fellow accuser) James Safechuck.

We have to remember Wade that you and your family befriended the biggest star in the world. That association with Michael Jackson afforded you the opportunity to befriend such artists as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

I hope the courts agree that there is no merit to Robson’s lawsuit against the Jackson estate and dismiss it. I know, strong words coming from myself, but when I’ve a gut feeling about someone or something, I just have to get it off my chest.


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