(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 the pain and trauma of those affected by addiction and … Continue reading “Invest in your well-being”, says Bethan O’ Riordan from ‘Resilient Minds’, Blarney, County Cork.
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!
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?
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’
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’.
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
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’!
(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