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Advice for a literary apprentice

(Published on the University College Cork's creative writing student blog in January 2018) My first semester on the MA in creative writing at University College Cork has ended and I find myself asking even more questions than I have answers about what I should be writing about and how I should write. During these moments of … Continue reading Advice for a literary apprentice

Tony’s Bistro – a real taste of Cork

Published in The Irish Examiner on 31 July 2017 Lying at the centre of Cork City’s historic spine is North Main Street. A village within a city. In number 76, third generation owner of Leaders Menswear, Patrick Leader, will tell you that the street was once the main street of Cork City prior to St. … Continue reading Tony’s Bistro – a real taste of Cork

A mother’s love knows no bounds – Meet three Mums fighting for children’s needs

Published in The Irish Examiner on 20 October 2017 As a mother, I utter the same types of phrases that millions of other mothers say on a daily basis; that I would move mountains for my child; I would do anything to keep her safe. Are these types of statements clichéd? Ineffective? Overused? Meaningless? Or, … Continue reading A mother’s love knows no bounds – Meet three Mums fighting for children’s needs

Why we love to read – a class of bookworms and four established authors tell me about their love for literature

Shorter version published in The Irish Examiner on 10 January 2018 Aged thirty-seven years and three weeks old, I am not ashamed to admit that I still read children’s literature. Amongst the hundreds of books I own, there are speckles of past and contemporary children’s literature that I have procured from various bookshops. Some have … Continue reading Why we love to read – a class of bookworms and four established authors tell me about their love for literature

The homecoming – the joy and loneliness of the returning immigrant.

Published in The Irish Examiner on 6 July 2017 I emigrated in June 2003. At the time, there were plenty of job opportunities in Ireland. I simply wanted to spread my wings and live overseas. Aged 22, I had finished my final year exams at University College Cork ten days previously. Armed with one bag … Continue reading The homecoming – the joy and loneliness of the returning immigrant.

Just dive in! – Discovering the joy of reading like a writer, with advice from published Cork writers, Tadhg Coakley and Danny Denton

(originally published on the University College Cork's Creative writing blog - http://creativewritingucc.com/www/category/student-blog/) As a teenager and young adult, I always scribbled notes in books I was reading. I enjoyed highlighting chunks of dialogue that I liked the sound of, re-reading them aloud and pretending I was each of the characters. As well as looking up the … Continue reading Just dive in! – Discovering the joy of reading like a writer, with advice from published Cork writers, Tadhg Coakley and Danny Denton

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