Anticipation was building ahead of the Queen’s visit to Cork on Friday the 18th of May. Parking
restrictions were in place since the Thursday, most of the main roads in the city were closed on
the Friday. Crowds began to gather around the big screens erected around the city centre for the
historical occasion hoping the catch a glimpse of her majesty.In Tom Murphys we spent the morning peering out the windows.


The crowds gathering in the city was a similar to those that line the streets for the homecoming
parades of victorious sporting teams parading through the city in open top buses. There was a
carnival atmosphere gathering and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Cork was the last stop off on the Royal couples four day tour of the country. The Queen specifically
requested that she could visit the English market much to the delight of all the people who work
there. The Queen’s visit to Cork was different to the other legs of her tour. In Dublin, civilians
couldn’t get near her but in Cork they were able to line the streets.

The Queen landed in Cork airport via helicopter from Cashel around 2pm and she made her way
into Cork in her luxurious Landrover accompanied by her entourage of security cars and police
motorbikes. Upon her arrival she was greeted with cheers and clapping from those who lined the
streets and other who were hanging out of second and third storey windows of local businesses and
apartments. Some lucky onlookers even got the chance to shake hands with her majesty during her
quick walkabout before entering the English market. The Queen was advised not to conduct any
walkabouts for security reasons but it seemed she wanted to extend her warm wishes to those who
greeted her.

The Queen then entered the English market and looked around all the local businesses while
chatting to the owners for about twenty minutes. The Queen unveiled a plaque to mark her visit and
a hamper of local produce from the shops in the market was then presented to Queen Elizabeth and
Prince Philip along with a book on the history of the market and a special brooch that was made by a
local silver smith.

The royal couple then made their way to the Tyndall Institute. Both the Queen and Prince Philip
were fascinated by the technology the Tyndall institute was offering and they were very interested
to see some demonstrations. After meeting with local officials and directors from the institute they
made their way back to Cork Airport to board their plane and head home after a very successful visit.


Buy or Hire a suit?

Many people can’t make up their mind when trying to decide if they should hire or buy a suit.
It all depends on what kind of suit they are thinking of hiring or buying and if they think they
will actually wear it more than once. For example, in most weddings the groom will hire
his suit and the bride will purchase her  dresses even though it will probably never be worn
again. It doesn’t make sense when a man may wear a formal suit again for a special occasion
but it is very unlikely that a woman will ever wear her wedding dress again. Of course People often hire
suits as a way of saving on their wedding budget.

There are some negative points with renting suits. First of all you can’t make any adjustments
to the suit. This means the suit won’t fit as well as a purchased, fitted suit. Another negative
point of renting is if the groom and all of the groomsmen are renting the same suits, some of
the suits may be a different shade from over washing or being over worn.

There is no point in buying a formal suit or tuxedo if you are never going to wear it again. If
a person is going to buy a tuxedo they must ask themselves when was the last time they wore
a tux and when do they think they will next wear one. This will help them make up their
mind on whether it is worthwhile or not. Many suit shops do special deals for weddings e.g
if five groomsmen hire their tuxedos the groom will get a free tuxedo. In this case you will
obviously take the free tuxedo regardless of the prospect of never wearing it again.

On the other hand there is no point in renting a business suit for a job interview if you are
going to have to buy a suit if you get the job or rent another suit for another job interview.
The best option if you are buying a suit is to purchase a simple black or navy business suit.
This can be worn for job interviews, working, attending funerals, attending weddings and
many other occasions too.


Caring for your suit is something a lot of people do not know anything about. If a suit is not
looked after correctly it can ruin your suit and you will have to purchase a new one. I will go
through some helpful steps on how to care for your suit below.

The first thing to remember is that darker colours such as grey, black and navy will not
have to be cleaned as often as lighter shades such as cream, white and light grey. The one
disadvantage of the darker shaded suits is that they gather much more dust than lighter
colours. The best way to tackle dusty suits is to buy a good clothes brush. Many dry cleaners
often tell their clients that dry cleaning suits is good for them and that it does not damage the
suit. This is not true; if you dry clean your suit too often the fabric will deteriorate and it will
ruin the look of your suit as it will look old and shabby. Dry cleaning to often may also shrink
the trousers of your suit.


The best way to clean a suit is by using a pressing machine to steam press your clothes, you
can buy a very good pressing machine for around €150. By using a pressing machine instead
of using the dry cleaners all the time you can save yourself a lot of money as each time you
go to the dry cleaners it will cost you at least €20. Pressing machines are a very handy bit of
machinery to have around the house as they can be used for your shirts too.

When you are hanging up your suit you must use a hanger. Most people think hanging a suit
jacket on the back of a chair is perfectly okay. Unfortunately hanging on the back of a chair
doesn’t support the natural fall of a suit and it will lead to wrinkle and crease marks that will
eventually damage the fibres of the suit fabric material. When you are travelling and you
need to bring your suit you must use a special suit travelling bag that can be bought from
your suit shop. If you fail to use a proper travel bag it will damage the longevity of the suit.

It’s nearly been a week since the royal wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate and it is safe to
say that the whole of England and a lot of the rest of the world went royal wedding crazy. Every day
you still see new stories in the media about the wedding and funny things that happened on the day.
T-Mobile who is renowned for their ads have made a funny spoof of the wedding entrance using
lookalikes that has been viewed by over 19 million on YouTube. (Have a look below)

I know friends who took the day of college and work to get up at 8am to watch the event. I heard
stories about old women who got dressed up, pulled out their wedding photo albums and had
wedding parties with their friends. As the world woke up to watch the momentous occasion they
had the unusual choice of having special edition William and Kate cereals to start their day and
specially made William and Kate cappuccinos to refresh them.


The funniest story to come from the wedding day has to be the nun who was sitting next to Will and
Kate during the wedding who was caught on camera wearing black Reebok runners that would fit
the bill of the footwear of a football hooligan rather than a lady of the church. The nun has been
nicknamed the “Ninja Nun” by the public and they have also claimed that she was sitting next to the
couple as security just in case anything happened.


The wedding took place at Westminster Abbey and thousands of onlookers gathered hoping to catch
a glimpse of the royal couple. Many of the fans were dressed in customized union jack clothing and
some were even wearing their wedding dresses. One fanatic even got a tattoo of Will and Kate
to mark the occasion, believe it or not it wasn’t David Beckham who looked very respectable on the
day with his long combed hair and Armani suit to hide his tattoos.



An internship is a great way for students to get an insight into a career path before they ultimately
choose which career path they would like to take. This can be very beneficial as you could love your
internship and decide to follow that path or else you could hate your internship and you would then
choose to follow another path, either way it is very helpful. As helpful as internships may be, every
time you hear of a group of students going on work placement there is always a problem with one or
more of them. This is probably the reason the college co-ordinator gave my class such a stern talking
to before we went on placement. I will now go through some common mistakes that have been
made by interns in the past.

Not Caring

Many interns act as if they don’t care about their job, they see it as more of a hindrance than an
opportunity. I recall one my close friends who is up in Dublin on placement telling me:

“I hate my placement, I just want to do my time and go home!”

Believe it or not he is actually working for an accountancy firm not doing time in prison. It’s as if
some students don’t care about their future careers.

Getting Distracted

Using your phone, logging on to your facebook and other social media websites or sending private
emails is not a good way to impress your new employers. It is not okay to use your iPod when you
are meant to be working even if it’s not distracting other employees. It’s a better idea to stick the
responsibilities of your job and act in a professional manner.


Being too passive

It doesn’t matter how intelligent interns are, if they lack interpersonal skills they will miss out on
opportunities. If a work placement student is too shy to give their opinion on subject when they
are asked or if they are too embarrassed to ask for assistance when having trouble with a task. An
intern’s supervisor may get fed up with them if they are afraid to ask for assistance if they keep
making mistakes.

Being too casual

Many students misinterpret business casual for casual, our course co-ordinator tired to stress this
when he was giving us a talk before we went on placement:

“Lads make sure ye don’t show up to work looking like ye are going to Reardons straight
after work, It’s business casual not casual!”

It’s very important to check what the dress standards are for the company before you start, but
jeans and t-shirts are normally a BIG no.

Being Overconfident

You may have been selected for internship over some of your classmates for your grades or your
interpersonal skills but that is no reason to be overconfident. A company doesn’t want a shy intern
but the last thing they want is a new employee who is cocky. You must be able to accept criticism
in your work place, you won’t be able stroll into an office and know exactly how everything works
straight away.

Brian and Cian