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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

“Whatever you do, don’t mention ‘The M word’!

It seems that ‘Mum’ isn’t the word. I recently wrote a feature article for a newspaper about a business that sells pre-loved baby clothes. The woman, who co-owns the business with her husband, was the interviewee for the piece. The sub-heading chosen for the eight hundred word feature referred to her as a ‘Mum’. A … Continue reading “Whatever you do, don’t mention ‘The M word’!

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

(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

Plenty of talk, but are our politicians listening?

(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?

A letter to those who have suffered miscarriage

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

Flopsy Shop.ie – interview with Lisa Verhees

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