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Mary Plunkett

Fresh-faced journalist with an interest in media, tech, culture and society. Based in Dublin but with a international perspective on events, I aim to give a clear view of what's current. When not writing for The Richest, I am most likely to be found sipping from coffee cups the size of my head.

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10 Big Facts About The BBC’s Big Money

Mary Plunkett

For most people in the United Kingdom, the BBC is an institution, a way of life. For those outside of Blighty, the British Broadcasting Company speaks of a perfect British …

10 Biggest Diamond Heists Ever

Mary Plunkett

“Big girls need big diamonds,” according to Elizabeth Taylor. If that’s the case, these diamond thieves must have had some pretty big girls in their lives. But as diamonds are …

10 Celebrity Sponsorships That Went All Wrong

Mary Plunkett

There are many things that mark someone out as a ‘celebrity’: the magazine cover photo shoots, the millions of Twitter followers, and the constantly being photographed in public doing absolutely …

10 Cities That Risk Disappearing Under Water

Mary Plunkett

We all hear a lot about global warming and climate change. But most of us, if we’re honest, have a somewhat detached view of this predicament: the threat of temperatures …

10 Countries with the Biggest Gender Pay Gaps

Mary Plunkett

With International Women’s Day celebrated around the world this month, a number of studies have been published highlighting the fight for women’s rights. While advances in many areas have been …

10 Most Common British Phobias

Mary Plunkett

We all have our fears. Some big, some small, some based on past experiences, others on the fear of what may or may not happen. It is this last group, …

10 Most Homeless States in America

Mary Plunkett

Not too long ago, we ran an article looking at some shocking statistics around global poverty. One of the biggest shocks for many may have been the figures concerning poverty …

10 Most Prosperous Cities in the World

Mary Plunkett

Whether you’re thinking of relocating for business or pleasure, or simply wondering how the rest of the world live, it’s always fascinating to compare one’s living conditions with those of …

10 of the Most Bizarre National Holidays

Mary Plunkett

Now that the Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations are over, and Easter seems but a distant promise, many may be feeling a little down, counting the days until the next bank …

10 of the Richest Young British Heiresses

Mary Plunkett

The old world glamour and rich heritage of Britain means that for many the place has an inimitable allure. From the imposing monuments on the streets of London which speak …

10 Shocking Statistics On Global Poverty

Mary Plunkett

Much as most of us in the West are aware that there are those less well off, it’s often hard to get a sense of the scale of poverty and …

21 Things You Secretly Love About Sex and the City

Mary Plunkett

Do you remember the noughties? When Sex and the City was  still running and no one had yet noticed how vapid, snobbish and universally rich-white-girl the world of Carrie and …

5 Controversial Moments in Recent Russian History

Mary Plunkett

The events in Ukraine have, for the past couple of months, gripped the world: from the protests in Kyiv’s Independence Square, the overthrowing of the pro-Russian Ukrainian government, and the …

5 Disturbing Psychological Studies on Wealth

Mary Plunkett

Much has been written about the  wealth inequalities faced by western society, not to mention the wealth gap globally. While the wealth of many nations appears to increase, so too …

5 Most Profitable Actor and Director Teams

Mary Plunkett

The glittering world of Hollywood may be a long way away from the lives of the average citizen but in some way, we are all touched by the power of …

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