The Pros and Cons of Being on Unemployment

I have lived as an unemployed young person on social welfare for the past few years, so I thought I’d share what the experience is like for anyone who is curious.

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The Pros and Cons of Living Alone


After more than a year of searching for a place to live, dealing with one asshole realtor, and viewing some very questionable apartments, my girlfriend and I finally found and signed the lease on our first apartment one month ago. It’s still early days, but it’s starting to feel like home already.

There are upsides and downsides to no longer living with my family. Here’s a few.

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Letter to my best friend





You were named after a Gremlin because my da said you looked like one. A fitting name; you multiplied like crazy inside my heart. I wonder how many times I actually used it; I called you Giz, Gizzy, Magoo, buddy, pal, Gizmo dog, Mister Gizmo dog, Mister Giz, Mister Magoo – I probably called you Gizmo the least. You were white and pure and truly too good for this world. You lit up every room you walked into, put a smile on my face every time I saw you.

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Cheers to Good Friday

This year, for the first time in more than 90 years, it will be legal to purchase alcohol here in Ireland today, Good Friday. Every year, the discussion comes up: “Should alcohol be available on Good Friday?” or more commonly, “Should the pubs be allowed to open on Good Friday?”

The answer is yes.

Now, whenever this question is raised, particularly on social media, there are always the same arguments for keeping the alcohol ban.

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