Some savvy salve for collective coping



The top, typically curved or sloping, course of a brick or stone wall.

How novel that the first definition of coping we came across is talking about a curve. Our collective priority right now is to flatten the curve and can we just say, what a great job our caretaker government, frontline medical staff, retail staff who are keeping shelves stocked and indeed the people of Ireland are doing right now to try and control this virus. But whilst we’re all trying to do the right thing to have the best impact, there is so much collective anxiety, panic and fear. So many tears. The need to take to bed to deal with the trauma we’re feeling. And that’s ok – what’s happening right now is extraordinary. It’s not business as usual.



Coping means to invest one’s own conscious effort, to solve personal and interpersonal problems, in order to try to master, minimize or tolerate stress and conflict.

So how do we cope? While we try to cope with the logistics of recording a podcast together but apart, zen Priestess Una is on hand to explore how we might cope right now in what we hope is some salve in a very heightened environment.

EPISODE 41: LIMERICK Fear and Contagion: HIV’s lessons

Two of the main themes to come out of the recent Coronavirus outbreak are fear and contagion, things that have been front and centre in the queer community for so long.

So we reached out to Adam Shanley from HIV Ireland on the subject of U equals U – Undetectable equals Untransmittable. This is something that’s spoken about quite regularly in queer communities but maybe not as top of mind in more mainstream society. We wanted to approach this in relation to the stigma, fear and panic that surrounds HIV and how we can learn from the historical and ongoing focus on their reduction, especially as we see these behaviours unfold with Corona.

All the usual news (both current affairs and JLo related), Get In The Sea, Fave Bits and Tuna Chicken Rolls also enclosed.

Episode 40: Westmeath Q: Why is Westmeath flooding, and what are we going to do about it?

The middle of Ireland currently resembles Waterworld due to flooding which has been causing chaos for homeowners, businesses and farmers. In this episode we wanted to get to the bottom of why this is happening, whether the precautions and flood defences currently in place are adequate and what can be done moving forward. We’re joined by Breandán Anraoi MacGabhann, a lecturer in geography at University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College and a Green Party Executive Committee member to answer these q’s. We also have the King of Westmeath, Bressie, in studio as our county rep. Fave bits and Get In the Sea’s as usj.

EPISODE 39: REITs: Everything you always wanted to know about REITs but were too afraid to ask

Remember that ad for Tracker Mortgages? “I don’t know what a tracker mortgage is. I don’t know how to save money on my car insurance.” Well that’s how we feel about REITs. And given our current homeless crisis and the fact that Ires Reit is the largest private landlord in the State, we wanted to remedy that situation and get to the bottom of the benefits and downfalls involved with REITs. So we brought Sean Keyes, Finance Correspondent at The Currency in to the studio to give us the full lowdown. As well as getting the lowdown on what’s going on with JLo this week and some Getting in the Sea around International Women’s Day shenanigans.

EPISODE 38: KERRY: Will a UN investigation mean justice for Magdalene Laundry survivors?

We’re back on our county buzz. The Kingdom of Kerry is our county this week, and we’re examining the case of Elizabeth Coppin, as the UN Committee on Torture permits her case against Ireland to be heard. Leading lawyer on the case Dr. Maeve O’Rourke breaks down the legal context of the case, and the author of Republic of Shame, Caelainn Hogan joins us in studio to give us some context about a history that keeps coming back to haunt the present day. Are we finally getting to a point where Ireland can confront this dark part of our past, and will survivors of institutional abuse get justice? Also on the pod, Kerry county rep Molly King, government formation drama, Andrea’s legendary county facts, a JLo update, and much more.

EP 37: Election Decompression. Take a breath, everyone

After a wild weekend, a historical election, and a period of heightened discourse, it’s time to take a breath and figure out what all of this means. In this episode, we step away from the intense conversations and decompress. This election has thrown up so many issues around identity, history, class, and discontent, and now it’s time to start talking about all of those things. Let’s have discussions that are led with empathy, confront our past in a responsible and smart way, and use the skills we have amassed as a nation over the past decade to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and move forward. The times, they are a changin’, so let’s start to understand and feel what that change means and navigate our hope and our discomfort. Onwards!

BONUS GE2020 EP: How Does My Vote Work?

Should you vote all the way down the ballot? Should you give a candidate a preference even if they’re in bits? What’s a quota? How does a surplus get distributed? How did we end up with this voting system? Get ready to nerd out with our special How Does My Vote Work episode. We headed out to UCD to talk to an unsung hero of Irish democracy, political scientist Professor David Farrell. In this episode, David answers your questions about voting, our voting system, how the count works, and more.

EP 36: GE2020 Spesh pt 4: We Built This City

What would it take to make the cities of Ireland into urban utopias? We’re joined by Labour candidate Rebecca Moynihan to imagine the possibilities and realities of what could be for our main municipalities. Throw in a look over the previous week of campaigning and polls, as well as our fave bits and this week’s contender to Get in The Sea and finally top off with an absolute Tuna Chicken Roll.

BONUS #GE2020 EP: Can Rural Ireland go Green? with Saoirse McHugh

It was presumed this election would be overshadowed by the Green Wave. This hasn’t been the case. And where it has, it has been supported by quite an urban demographic and green policies have really been seen as an issue by rural, farming dependent Ireland. We talk to pal of the pod Saoirse McHugh about the challenges rural Irish communities are faced with to try and engage with the Green Wave and provides some of the solutions for why going green can actually be of benefit to farmers and why the conversation around climate change in Ireland doesn’t have to be reduced to the size of the national herd.