Swords Orthodontics
17 Main St, Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland


Happy Birthday, Joni Mitchell - and many happy returns.

Both Sides, Then. And Now.

Everyone loves Joni MItchell
Everyone loves Joni Mitchell. At least, everyone in Whelan's last Wednesday.
An exceptional musical event curated by Dave McGuinness of Lir

Last week I was at a couple of Joni Mitchell tribute shows in honour of her 75th birthday. When Total Guitar magazine listed the 300 greatest guitarists (by genre) she beat Bob Dylan, and that I wouldn’t disagree with. I’d been a fan for years, but sadly I’ll never see her in concert. A few years ago I went to Sligo to see Leonard Cohen (and try and figure out why there is the fuss about ...

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All good things come to an end, but first they come from a beginning

Last week I blogged about a U2 concert

More thoughts from last week's U2 concert - apparently it all started in Larry's kitchen.
Fortunately Edge and Bono found their respective vocations at an early stage.


I have seen them in stadiums like Croke Park, Wembley, Twickenham and even the RDS.

The couple of times I saw them indoors were particularly special. But at some stage their concerts were all indoors.

During their recent Belfast show, their singer Bono talked about their first time playing in Belfast – it was in the university student bar, and they were the support act to Squeeze.


The first time I ...

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'Ello, I wish to register a complaint.

“’’Ello, miss?”

“What do you mean, miss?”

"I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint."

A fine living example of the Norweigian Blue parrot.
Very much alive, no cause for complaint. Photo by Simon Shim on Unsplash

....and thus begins the most famous sketch in the history of TV comedy. To be honest, Monty Python never made me laugh much apart from the cartoons (not unrelated to the fact that I hadn't started school when they were at their peak) and even looking at it now, it seems beyond me what people found funny about it back in the 70s. But it ...

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What Drives Us Onward, and What Drives U2 Onward.

Last week, I went to see U2 in Belfast.

U2 on their Experience Tour - why does a band like that still make an effort to make great albums?

First time seeing them at my home arena, but my umpteenth U2 concert. It was decades since the 17 year-old me saw them in Croke Park, as they assumed the position of world's most significant rock band.

The Edge from U2: making music to be played in lifts in decades to come

They have had a few ups and downs since then (as has most of their audience) and as usual, I was ...

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A Career in Dentistry? Part 2

Last week, I wrote an article about a career in dentistry as a result of being asked to take part in a careers evening at Ardgillan Community College. That article was mainly a collection of reflections and thoughts from over a dozen colleagues who had spent many years in dentistry, but they were all dentists. I will write an article later about my own thoughts on a career in dentistry, but today I thought I’d explain that there are many other careers to be had in dentistry other than specifically as a dentist.

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A Career In Dentistry?

Although I’m not originally from Dublin, since I took over at Swords Orthodontics it has been important for me to be part of what’s going on locally when the opportunity arises.

Stephen Murray from Swords Orthodontics discusses a career in dentistry
Stephen Murray from Swords Orthodontics discusses a career in dentistry

I was recently asked to take part in a “Careers Evening” at Ardgillan Community College- thanks again for that, it was quite an honour. Although there would be careers advice at school and various universities and further education providers could advise students what grades they’d need if they had to go through third level ...

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Gemma's Study Tips!

I recently started studying for my dental nursing diploma in the Dublin Dental University Hospital.  I decided to do a blog about my top tips for busy college students. Many college students may also be working full time and have many more obligations that make it difficult juggling work and study. To successfully manage your college work here are some handy tips:


1 – Always be prepared;

Always be prepared for tomorrow! Prepare all of your notes for the following day, pack your bag the night before with your change of clothes, extra lunches for a quick bite to eat before college, always have coins for the bus/cark parking, have your pens ...

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