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When love is on the cards – why mementos from our children mean so much.

Published in The Evening Echo on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 As a school girl, I would hope against hope each Valentine’s Day that the boy I fancied in my class would sneak a card adorned with love hearts into my school bag. Maybe I had watched too many teen movies. I daydreamed about what it … Continue reading When love is on the cards – why mementos from our children mean so much.

The Cork Butter Exchange Band – a much-loved Cork institution – interviews with conductor, Herbie Hendrick and first female member, Trish Harrington

Published in The Irish Examiner on Monday, 27 November, 2017 Photographs courtesy of The Cork Butter Exchange Brass and Reed Band If you take a walk near Dominic Street in Cork on Wednesday evenings, the sounds of various musical instruments being tuned and warmed up will be carried to your ears on the chilly night … Continue reading The Cork Butter Exchange Band – a much-loved Cork institution – interviews with conductor, Herbie Hendrick and first female member, Trish Harrington

CESCA – Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance: Ten grounds, one goal – “To promote equality and human rights in Cork City”

(Image permitted; courtesy of Tehmina Kazi from CESCA) Original version published in The Evening Echo on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 In 2014, with the support of the HSE Social Inclusion Services, Cork, a number of community organisations came together to create Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance – CESCA. Tehmina Kazi is the policy and … Continue reading CESCA – Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance: Ten grounds, one goal – “To promote equality and human rights in Cork City”

Baby on board – Working out during pregnancy: Gym Mummy, Catherine O’ Sullivan and personal trainer, Shane Long talk about the benefits of exercising during pregnancy

Published in The Irish Examiner (Feel Good Supplement) on Friday, 2 February, 2018 Age-old myths surround exercising whilst pregnant, that exercising throughout pregnancy could ‘hurt the baby’ or affect its development in the womb. Scientific research has helped to dispel these myths. A 2011 study carried out by the University of Georgia found that a … Continue reading Baby on board – Working out during pregnancy: Gym Mummy, Catherine O’ Sullivan and personal trainer, Shane Long talk about the benefits of exercising during pregnancy

“Invest in your well-being”, says Bethan O’ Riordan from ‘Resilient Minds’, Blarney, County Cork.

Published in The Evening Echo on Monday, January 15, 2018 (Photo courtesy of Bethan O' Riordan, with her children. Ruby, aged four, Ramsey, aged three and Finley, aged six) Bethan O’ Riordan is a counsellor and psychotherapist with over ten years’ experience. Having worked in addiction and homeless services in Dublin and Cork, she witnessed … Continue reading “Invest in your well-being”, says Bethan O’ Riordan from ‘Resilient Minds’, Blarney, County Cork.

The “picture-perfect” family photo at Christmas – LMAO!

There are a few things I can control at Christmas time. I can control when I decide to decorate my house with fairy lights and an over-sized indoor tree. As a lover of the festive season, I chose to "deck the halls", front room, kitchen and bedrooms during the first week of December. I can … Continue reading The “picture-perfect” family photo at Christmas – LMAO!

Brexit and the Border – how will it all end?

If a series entitled “Brexit and the Border” was aired on Netflix, it would surely become the longest running box set since “Breaking Bad”. The Brexit negotiations and its “prequel” referendum is a never-ending maze of plot twists, involving strong characters whose conflicts collide at every political juncture. In 4th December’s episode, Theresa May’s “House … Continue reading Brexit and the Border – how will it all end?

“From Summer to Sarah” Episode one – ‘Eight weeks and four days since you took your love away’

It’s been eight weeks and four days since Mummy flew from Cork to London to implement the “marriage recovery plan”. Little did I know that the plan would include whisking me and Claudette, my three year old daughter, back to Cork. I pleaded with her over the phone in August, when the news broke. There … Continue reading “From Summer to Sarah” Episode one – ‘Eight weeks and four days since you took your love away’

Beware of ‘Storm Mama’.

Forgive me for paraphrasing the lyrics of a 'Creedence Clearwater Revival' classic, but; "I feel a bad moon rising, I'm wound up tight like Ophelia". Maybe, my monthly matron is on her way? Maybe, spending all that time indoors whilst Ophelia was clattering through the village has made me a tad socially reclusive? To be … Continue reading Beware of ‘Storm Mama’.

Mama at the Marquee – an insight into my pre-party preparation

I hadn’t even time to browse Amazon to order glow sticks! Thankfully, my buddy, Gerry, had sourced tickets to see “Jenny Greene and the RTE Concert Orchestra” at The Marquee on Saturday 17 June.  His hotter half, Donna, had text me to say we should leave at about 6pm. I just had to get myself … Continue reading Mama at the Marquee – an insight into my pre-party preparation