The Irish Distrust of Mushrooms

Contributing writer Daniel Gavilovski discusses foraging in Eastern Europe and explores the lack of interest in the tradition in Ireland, all the while opening our eyes to the wonder of fungi.     I have often wondered why it is that the culture of mushroom picking is so much scarcer in Ireland than it is […]

Poetry: Bloom

There are those who bloom like daffodils. They wait beneath the soil Until eventually, in springtime, they burst out with little toil. They’re bright like evening sunsets, yellow and orange and green,  But in winter, when you need them, they’re never to be seen.   There are those who bloom like roses, crawling out from […]


Contribution writer Blaise Devane recounts her past dislike of mushrooms and how she learned to love the object of her childhood hatred. While “all mushrooms are edible – but some only once” is a sage piece of advice, I think it’s time we loosen the restrictions a little bit. I’m not suggesting we all go […]

Mushrooms in Folklore and Fairytales

Contributing writer Jessica Anne Rose explores the wonderful world of mushrooms in Irish mythology, literature and the cottagecore aesthetic. In many illustrations of mythical creatures such as fairies, you will often find red and white speckled mushrooms accompanying them. This easily identifiable ‘fly agaric’ mushroom has made its way into mainstream fashion thanks to the […]

Photoshoot: Mushrooms

  Credits:   Photographer: David Quinn @_quinnteresting_    Models: Jessica O Brien @jessicannerose Aoife Allen @aoifeallen_   Hair:  Aoife King @aoifeking_hair   Makeup: Annawen @annawen35   Jewellery: Saltwater Design @saltwater_design  

Beyond the walls of the Tbilisi Public Services Hall Building: Georgia trapped in the margins of Russian Expansionism and increasing Western alignment

Current Affairs Editor Ronan Keohane highlights the Georgian political institutions which lie in the centre of a politically liminal Georgia in the face of present day Russian expansionism and plausible EU and NATO membership.   The Public Services hall building in Tbilisi, Georgia (often nicknamed the “Mushroom building” by locals and tourists alike due to […]