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    Male Grooming

    It used to be that a short back and sides was the height of male grooming. Well not any more it seems, as more and more barber shops are offering an increasing list of services for men, from eyebrow tinting to sculpted hair designs and tight razor cuts.

    We sent our reporter Brian O’Connell to look at the rise in barber shops and indulge in a bit of male grooming.

    Contact Brian here.

    Brian in Bladez, Washington St, Cork

    Glenn says men can't get away with not looking after themselves anymore

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    Use of Ketamine

    Administered in medicine as a tranquiliser, the drug ketamine has been used for recreational purposes for decades. But recently, authorities in the UK and the US have been concerned at harmful side effects of the drug. So what is ketamine and how prevalent is misuse of the drug in Ireland? Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking into this for us.

    Brian also went to the Emergency Department at the Mercy Hospital in Cork and met with Dr Chris Luke.

    Detective Sergeant Brian Roberts from the Garda National Drug Unit joined Sean on the line. 

    Contact Brian here.

    Read More: Darknet is ‘like eBay’ for drugs, hit men and child porn, Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 19th March 2015

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    Inside Limerick's Nuclear Bunker

    How prepared would we be in the unlikely event someone decides to drop an atom bomb close to Ireland? and where would those tasked with coordinating the relief effort take shelter?

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell joined from our Limerick studio – he's been inside a nuclear bunker and he tells of what it's like. 

    Contact Brian here.

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    Local Newspapers

    While all news is local, in recent years Irish regional newspaper titles have undergone a turbulent time, with many experiencing falling circulation figures. So how has the local newspaper managed the move to digital platforms, and what does the future hold for the local paper?

    Sean Mahon, President of Local Ireland, a representative group of local newspapers and printers joined Sean but firstly reporter, Brian O’Connell, took a look at how local newspapers have fared out in recent years.

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    Custom Dogs at Cork Airport

    They have foiled crime gangs, broken up smuggling rings and are responsible for drug, tobacco and cash busts worth millions of euro. Yet the only reward they want is extra playtime.

    A team of ‘detection dogs’ are helping lead the fight against organised crime in Ireland and yesterday our reporter Brian O’Connell spent time with one of the dogs at Cork Airport.

    Contact Brian here.

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    Report on Leaving Cert Grinds

    Weeks away from the leaving certificate we look at leaving cert grinds. Reporter Brian O'Connell went down to Bruce College in Cork and spoke to students about having to take grinds. We also speak to Michéal Landers, Principal of Bruce College.

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    Kerry Cancer Bus

    Brian O'Connell travelled on the Kerry Cancer Support Group bus from Tralee to Cork and met some of the passengers

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    Rising Rents

    Brian O'Connell report from Cork, Dermot Kavanagh, Director Cork Simon Community

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    Hipsters

    Now, while it's easy to mock the beards, the tattoos, the skinny jeans and the old fashioned bicycles, the hipster generation are beginning to have an impact on businesses, particular in the area of food and beverages. Our reporter Brian O'Connell brings us this report.

    Read More: Can hipsters save the world? Ed Cumming, The Guardian, 8th Mar 2015.

    Contact Brian here.

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    Broadband in Rural Ireland

    High speed broadband has become an essential of modern life, be it for home or business, yet a significant number of people in Ireland are unable to avail of adequate Internet service. The Government’s National Broadband Plan aims to ensure that every household will have 30mbps broadband speed by 2020.

    Minister for Communications, Energy and natural resources, Alex White spoke to Keelin, but first reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking at the issue.

    Contact Brian here.

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