Last orders

Crowdfunding contributions tend to follow a pattern. When first announced, a project is met with an initial rush of contributions, then things slow down. The word takes time to spread, or people are waiting for a pay day, or waiting to see if the idea takes off, or they just put it off because, well, there are still 30 days to go, or 20, or ten, of five.

Well, there are now only five days to go, so this is my final appeal. Guth can happen as an idea, but only if it is supported by people who believe journalism is worth paying for.

So what kind of journalism are you buying? Well here are some of the ideas that have been discussed so far. Some are fairly advanced, some are – for far – just items on an agenda to be looked at again in greater detail. All of them need your support.

  • The Great Recession: Is Iceland really just one letter different from Ireland?
  • Dublin’s invisible housing crisis. Yes, despite NAMA and moribund markets, there is one.
  • Music in an age of free downloads: How does a new band break into the big time when the recorded music industry is eating itself
  • The Beautiful Game: Neglected and mostly unloved, can the League of Ireland continue to fund itself, caught between the GAA and the Premiership


  • The curious tale of the builder and the Venezuelan mafia
  • Is warmth a human right? The invisible hypothermia epidemic

Sign up now, we can make it happen.


By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.