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Giuirléidí don Téarma Nua Oll/scoile

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In my most recent article for Beo! I write about some "essential" technology for what the French call "La Rentree" and marketers here call "Back to School". Hearty congratulations to all those who received Leaving Cert results this week, especially my nephew in Wexford, who, as expected, sailed through. Phew! If nothing else, folks, you've passed a rite of passage of sorts and soon you'll be consumed by something else. Good luck wherever your road may lead. Ní bheidh i bhfad anois go mbeidh Coimisiún na Scrúduithe Stáit ag eisiúnt torthaí na hArdteistiméireachta. Ní dhéanfaidh mórán daoine Éireannacha dearmad ar ...

How not to run an online business or Schoolbooks.ie FAIL

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At the end of August I ordered just over €100 worth of schoolbooks from Schoolbooks.ie (I know, I know, I should have ordered them last JANUARY right?!)The nippers started back in school on 30th August and no sign of the books. I couldn't tell from the Schoolbooks.ie website whether they were to arrive imminently or not. Around this time I realised that I wasn't the only customer whose books were missing but I took them at their word (to the media, mind, not me) that the books would arrive shortly. However at this time our (truly wonderful and sorely missed) childminder finished up with us so there was no one at home to receive ...

Suits you sir!

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Ah the Irish Summer! Well so far this year we cannot complain too much. Most primary schools will finish up this week so expect a turn for the miserable in no short time. This year, however, I am uber-prepared. I have a list of things to do, I've sorted the toys and with quiet optimism I have purchased* a pair of children's wetsuits from Puddleducks. I say quiet optimism because, while I hope to hit the beach, I am presuming it will be cold enough to require said wetsuits. About 3 years ago I bought a wetsuit for Himself so that he could "enjoy" surfing when visiting friends in Donegal even in November. Either the wetsuit or male ...