Today, October 9th, is my father’s 35th anniversary. I could tell you what a lovely dad he was, but it is better to, ‘Show, don’t tell.’ So, here he is. Let me set the scene. 1980’s Dublin. I was a rather boyish, seven- or eight-year-old girl, the fourth in a family of five. My cousin, … More Gone but never forgotten.
I am most definitely not religious, but yesterday I went to Mass to say goodbye to two extraordinary men. Thankfully it wasn’t a funeral service, but it was a sad occasion. Both men were priests, who are leaving our community, Fr Pat, to another parish after nine years and Fr Charlie, who is retiring after … More Thank you.
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i first crossed paths with this brave and amazing future author (trish kearney) years ago on her blog: “my thoughts on a page” https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/8642668 where she wrote about her family, her careers, her loves and losses, her daily life in ireland when i later traveled…
Today, I tried to throw out an old pair of shoes. A scuffed, well worn, pair of runners, coated in the dirt of yesterday’s hill walk with the backs broken, just as my mother warned me they would, when as a child, she caught me pushing my foot into my shoes without opening the laces. … More And then Dad stepped in…
A brief catchup of what I’ve been up to since my last blog post, a hundred years ago! … More A Brief Hello
My book ‘Above Water; is almost here. … More Real, live book news
Today I should have been in Dublin, the home of my childhood. I should have woken early and enjoyed a breakfast with family before leaving, our arms laden with flowers and planted pots, to make our way to the graveyard to remember the first love of my life. My Dad and my wonderful Mum who … More Mixed memories
You know when life is just plodding along nicely and then a tornado arrives into your world and leaves you spinning? Yes? Well, so it has been for me over the past few weeks. There I was, in my heavenly retreat, Allihies, West Cork, enjoying my holidays, when the word came through that my edits … More Stop the world I want to get off
Anyone remember me? I’m the one who disappeared off the face of the earth a few months ago to write my memoir. Well guess what? It’s finished. Well draft one is finished. It was quite a slog, writing most days for the past six months and averaging 5000 words a week but last week I … More So now, ‘The End’ is near…
Today, I remembered Mum, as it was this day last year she left us. I remembered the week before, as she readied us for her leaving and I remembered the previous two years and the toll they took on her. Then, as I thought of her I remembered her fighting spirit. Her never giving up. … More Today we remembered