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Spoilers are rampant in the Netflix age but they can be avoided, says Adam Moynihan

Spoilers aren’t a brand new concept. I’m sure plenty of people had classic plot twist movies like Michael Collins ruined for them by some loudmouth who just had to tell everyone that *SPOILER ALERT* Michael Collins gets shot at the end. Spoilers are, however, far more widespread in the Netflix age as viewers have the freedom to consume entire series from start to finish at their own (often breakneck) pace.

We used to experience TV shows together, the nation waiting with bated breath for Sunday night to see which character Miley would shift next (disclaimer: I only remember one storyline from Glenroe). Spoilers were basically impossible because no one, apart from people directly involved with the production, had anything to divulge.

But the fact that we’re watching all of these episodes at different times makes spoilers inevitable. People are so eager to vent about the death of their favourite character, speculate about a blossoming romance or discuss the latest utterly insane fan theory, they blurt out too much information and ruin your day.

What annoys me more than anything is when someone is fully aware that you haven’t seen something yet they continue to speak about it regardless.

SPOILER ALERT: The next section actually contains a spoiler. If you haven’t seen Dark but plan toskip to here (arrow):

I was speaking to a friend recently and she asked if I had seen German series Dark. I said I hadn’t and asked what it was about. “It’s like Stranger Things,” she said. Okay. That was all the information I needed. I was on board. Alas, she wasn’t done talking.

“If you travel back in time and change the past, do you change the future?” I thought she had changed the subject. “Yeah, I suppose?” I replied. “Ah,” she said cryptically, “But do you?”

“Have you just given away the premise of the entire show?”

“Yeah, kind of. Sorry.”

I was going to ask her what would happen if I travelled back in time and never spoke to her again, but I went and watched Dark instead. It was good. Not as good as it would have been if I didn’t know what was going to happen, but good nonetheless.

The details shared don’t even need to be overly revelatory to be a spoiler. Here’s a common example:

FRIEND: Hey man. Have you seen the last episode of Narcos?

ME: No, not yet. I’m going to watch it later.

FRIEND: Oh. I won’t say anything so.

ME: Okay.

FRIEND: [pause] But there’s a *massive* twist at the end!

It might seem innocuous, but that’s a spoiler. Now I’m expecting a massive twist at the end. However the story appears to be going, I know that it’s not going to turn out that way. The tiniest piece of information is too much for me. I don’t even like knowing the duration of the thing I’m watching. If you know there are only a few minutes left, you can rule out certain twists or plotlines as there simply isn’t enough time for it to happen.

If that sounds a bit neurotic that’s probably because it is, admittedly, a bit neurotic. But I want to be genuinely surprised by what’s unfolding on the screen before me. Here’s how that conversation with my idiot friend should have went:

FRIEND: Hey man. Have you seen the last episode of Narcos?

ME: No, not yet. I’m going to watch it later.

FRIEND: Goodbye.

ME: Goodbye.

There. Easy. No more spoilers. Fair enough, you might end up friendless but that’s okay. Netflix is your friend now.

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The late Peggy O’Callaghan was a founder of Kilcummin Scor

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week. Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7. Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week.

Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7.

Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the music and drama arm of the local GAA club.

“It afforded the opportunity to females to participate in club activities long before ladies’ football was initiated and it brought many people into the club, many of whom remained involved in different capacities over the years,” said a club statement.

“She has left us a wonderful legacy and will be remembered fondly by those lucky enough to have met her.”

Peggy will be sadly missed by her husband Michael, sons Diarmuid and Shane, daughters-in-law Trisha and Áine, grandchildren Dara, Caoimhe, Donnacha, Siún and Éabha, brothers Seánie and Frank, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.

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Surprise: Details of town-centre inner relief road revealed

By Sean Moriarty Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District. Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District.

Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase order on lands that will link the two town centre streets.

If plans come to fruition it will be possible for motorists on New St to get to the top of High St, adjacent to the Killarney Advertiser’s town centre office, without travelling through the town centre. The plan was first mooted as far back as 2016.

The announcement caught councillors off guard, it was one of the last topics discussed at the four-hour meeting, but it was broadly welcomed by all.

“This access will change the dynamic of traffic movement in the town forever,” said Cllr Niall Kelleher.

Further details of the surprise project are set to be revealed to elected members over the next four to six weeks.

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