So there I am in the paper.

As promised here is the link to my first appearance in the Irish Examiner. In case you missed my news I’m writing a weekly column in Friday’s Feelgood supplement.

I didn’t know whether to rush out and buy it Friday morning or hide, but in the end I bought it bright and early. My thoughts were mixed. As I knew I would, I was full of criticism for my writing, but I think that’s to be expected. As for the photo I thought it was quite large, that is until I saw the giant photo in the online version. (Yes there’s no hiding what I look like now!) Surprisingly though, overall I felt quite pleased. I’d not told many friends, as I’d wanted to get used to seeing it myself first, but I’m ready now… I think.

So I hope you enjoy it. Thanks again for all your encouragement. Without it I’d definitely not have had the courage to go so far outside my comfort zone.

Click here to read me in the paper!


51 thoughts on “So there I am in the paper.

    1. Haha. It’s funny how mostly we stick with who we were all those years ago. I would never for a moment imagine I’m from Cork. I’m a Dub through and through, despite my traitor accent. πŸ™‚ Did you lose your accent?

      1. That’s an odd one. In Yorkshire, as a girl after my father was stationed in the south, they thought I was ‘posh’. After living in France for years, I seemed to have lost it. Now I live in the south and it is back in full force πŸ™‚

  1. Congratulations, tric – well done !

    I’m a bit like you, when it comes to accents – as a Scot who has lived in Canada, England, and different parts of Scotland my accent has always perplexed folk since it has picked up inflections and patterns of speech from each area I have lived in

    [P.S. Don’t know why you are so feart o’ the camera – you’re beautiful] πŸ˜†

    1. Aw shucks, thanks Duncan, blush, blush. I’m just not a photo person.
      I only ever imagine your accent as scottish. I think it must be a hard one to lose.

    1. Thanks Alex. I’m always amazed at my husband as his is never changing, despite living in so many different places.
      Good to know there are lots of other mongrels out there.

  2. Wonderful post and great picture! You have beautiful eyes that sparkle with a bit of orneriness thrown in for good measure! You did ‘mah-va-lus’!!

  3. i enjoyed your column since i identify with it, except in American sense. The area in which i was born is strongly accented, but i moved away at 2, to the midwestern US. Eight years later, i returned to the area of my birth and despised the accent of the locals; bound and determined was i NOT to speak in that way. It’s easy for me to mimic accents too, having lived in California, Maryland and Florida and having traveled some. Yes, ma’am! πŸ’œ

      1. Yes, i succeeded in not picking up the accent and were you to hear me speak, i sound like an Ohio native, rather than Michigan where i was raised. Both my mum and dad still have it, yet neither live here any longer. They both sound like odd ducks since she’s in Florida and he’s in Tennessee. πŸ’œ

  4. Your first article was a huge success!. I’m not very familiar with the difference between a Cork accent and a Dublin one, but I’m not surprised your kids picked up the former and not the latter. My brother and I sound like each other, but not very like my parents. Similarly, my own children sound like each other and not at all like me. πŸ™‚

    By the way, I thought the photograph was great too.

    1. Thanks Bun. The Cork accent is very strong and a real sing song. I’ll link you to this video which is more like the way people speak near where my other half comes from on the Cork/Kerry border. I know you wont understand a single word, but that’s exactly what it was like for me when I first visited.
      It’s well worth checking out the link at 2.17 to see who or what joins them for a drink.

      1. Very interesting, although not very comprehensible. I’m assuming the reporter is from somewhere else because I can understand everything he says without a problem. They young fellow at the end (Tim something), I can just about follow if I concentrate. The three older ones are presumably speaking English because the reporter seems to understand them. I’d do better talking to the lamb. πŸ™‚

  5. Well done! And on my accent, different people hear it differently, depending on where they are from. And my original accent is almost completely gone…

    1. When I met you I could detect your not very strong Irish accent. πŸ™‚ I sound a world away from the accent I had when I arrived in Cork. I sometimes miss that accent.

  6. LOOK AT YOU! πŸ™‚ I think you look fabulous. And truth be told, I never know where to say I’m from. I was born and partially raised in the ‘city’ but every weekend of my childhood we spent somewhere else. And then I lived there. But now I live here. And none of them feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be……

    1. Really, none of them feel like where you’re supposed to be? I love where I am living, but I still feel my heart is in Dublin, but I’ve no desire to live there. On paper that doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it?

    1. Thanks Corina. Glad you enjoyed it. Your family are scattered. Have they different accents or are accents not very different in the US unless you travel great distances?

      1. My nuclear family all grew up together and have all stayed in California. No real accent. My uncle be up in Texas and stayed there. That family had the Texas Twang! Very southern sounding. I think a lot of people can tell northern Californianas from southern ones because of specific words and phrases. Like: pop v. soda and adding “the” before the name of a freeway. Little things like that.

        1. That’s interesting that you would know each other better by word change rather than accent.
          Here in Ireland a distance of 20km can mean a totally different accent, and within the main cities there is marked difference between north and south sides of the city.

  7. wonderful maiden column. tric. just your style and like talking to you in person, exactly as it should be. i look forward to reading all of them. p.s. i think your picture is quite good )

    1. Ah you know how I just love the camera! I sometimes wonder if I write too much like I speak, but I can’t seem to help that. Delighted you enjoyed it.

    1. I find those here on wordpress amazing. What a community, so good with giving their time and great for encouragement and picking us up.
      Well done on publishing your book. That’s a huge step. Will you publish another?

  8. I always remember a woman being asked on the Late Late where she was from, and she launched into the most detailed description of where she was originally from and where she had moved to, etc, and Pat Kenny ssaid ‘where do you live?’ and she told him, and so after that I tried not to do anything like that, but I think you’re so proud of where you come from, that it’s difficult not to include it your answer! Great article, and very well written (who said it wasn’t, boo!) will make sure to check each of them out in the newspaper! x

    1. Thanks Bernadette. I rarely say where I’m living, my first reply is usually ‘Dublin’. I sometimes wonder is that because I don’t want anyone to think I’m from Cork by birth. Not because I don’t love Cork, but I do not want to be thought of as a Corkonian.

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