Ireland's Greatest YouTube Video
... get involved in the most important vote this island has ever seen
The Balls office has been enraptured by our bracket which will determine once and for all what YouTube video is Ireland's greatest. We've reached the Round of 16, and there are plenty of heavyweights left in the running. You can vote for your favourite video here, it is your civic duty.
This Northern Ireland Vote Changes Everything for Women and LGBTQ Rights
... read up on yesterday's historic vote
Yesterday, the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to extend same-sex marriage and abortion to Northern Ireland in a landmark day. Although not set in stone, the laws will come into effect should the Stormont Assembly not reconvene by October 21st. Following on from historic votes in the Republic in 2015 and 2018, yesterday saw parity promised to the people of Ireland, both in the Republic and in the North. For an in-depth look at how the vote affects the people of Northern Ireland, read Stephen Donnan-Dalzell's piece for Vice here.
13 Minutes To The Moon
... prepare to be absorbed by the BBC World Service's podcast on the Apollo mission
13 Minutes To The Moon details the stories of engineers, scientists, programmers and astronauts who worked on the mission from years previous to the tense moments beforehand. The podcast details the final 13 minutes of the Apollo 11 mission which was so close to becoming a tragedy. If that doesn't sound like a wild ride, the theme was written by Hans Zimmer! You can start you journey here.