(Photographs courtesy of Kate Durrant) “Loyal, loving and slightly mad in all the right ways” is how Kate describes Ivy, a trainee assistant dog with the Irish Dogs for the Disabled. Kate Durrant and PJ Lynch decided to foster a puppy after their own dog died. “We were looking at getting a dog and a … Continue reading The dog with the blog: “The life of Ivy” – Kate Durrant speaks about why she and her husband foster puppies for the charity, Dogs for the Disabled
(I wrote this piece last week and it was published in The Evening Echo on 7 July 2017. No online link available directly to paper's website) What is the real difference between hearing and listening? While slouching in Maths class at St Aidan’s Community College, Dublin Hill, I heard what my teacher was babbling on … Continue reading Plenty of talk, but are our politicians listening?
Dedicated to B.C. Hey sweetie, "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell has been one of my favourite songs for many years. Especially the chorus. "I've looked at clouds from both sides now, From up and down, and still, somehow, It's cloud's illusions I recall, I really don't know clouds at all". I don't know if … Continue reading A letter to those who have suffered miscarriage
I am always amazed at where people get their energy from. Take Lisa and Marc, for example. They both work outside of the home. They have a beautiful little girl and, mark my words, toddlers are wonderfully exhausting work. And, on top of that,they have started their own enterprise - Flopsyshop.ie, a web shop that buys … Continue reading Flopsy Shop.ie – interview with Lisa Verhees
(photographs and image courtesy of Rebecca Walz) Meeting others who can pass on non-judgemental advice and humorous anecdotes from their personal experiences is a welcome treat. Every now and again, we meet people like Rebecca Walz, who astound us for all the right reasons. After meeting Rebecca, I couldn’t help but feel inspired by her positivity, … Continue reading Rebecca Walz: Okihiro Syndrome: “It’s not a disability, it’s just a difference”.
In February, I gave my step by step guide as to how I threw bulbs and seeds into the ground in my garden in the hope that I shall have a summer garden like my late Nana Halpin's. Her garden was spectacular, year after year. So, here we are, May 8. In March, I took … Continue reading Mama Long’s Unguided Guide to Gardening – Part 2
I bought one parenting book when I was pregnant. A “ baby bible” of sorts written by a renowned parenting “expert”. I read the first two chapters, flicked through the remainder of the pages anxiously before deciding that the best thing I could do with this “expert advice” was to chuck it in the nearest … Continue reading Ways to cut down on the financial cost of fear in parenting.
I wrote this article on 18th April 2017. It was published by "The Evening Echo" on 2nd May 2017. Whilst driving my daughter to creche this morning, I heard a report on the radio about overcrowding at Cork University Hospital. Mary Rose Carroll from the INMO spoke about the lack of capacity and resources at … Continue reading Overcrowding in Leeside hospitals: some possible long term side effects
One of my earliest memories of my friend Catherine is a song we learnt in senior infants in national school. "Two little boys", by Theodore Morse and Edward Madden. "Two little boys had two little toys, Each had a wooden horse. Gaily they played, each summer day, Warriors both of course..." The song tells the … Continue reading “From the farmyard, to fitness, to the catwalk” – my wonderful friend, Catherine.
Photograph courtesy of Vera Twomey At the beginning of March this year, Vera Twomey walked over 250km from Cork to Dublin, for the second time, in an attempt to persuade the Oireachtas to approve legislation that will allow her seven year old daughter, Ava, and other patients the use of cannabidiol (medicinal marijuana). Ava has a … Continue reading An interview with Vera Twomey