Here is my day after Valentine’s Day column from the Irish Examiner. How was it for you? Welcome to February 15th, a day where couples everywhere are either madly in love after a romantic Valentine’s Day yesterday, or in serious trouble after one or other got it very wrong. My sympathies if you are in the … More There I am in the paper #81
Here you go, another of my columns in The Irish Examiner’s Feelgood. They say people often resemble their pet dogs. Well, I think I’m beginning to resemble my phone, ancient, slow and running out of memory. I suspect there are two gentlemen in a service station on the Cork to Dublin road who might agree. … More There I am in the paper #80
Here’s another of my pieces from the Irish Examiner. Me and Saint Anthony feature. I’ve spent a lifetime looking for things, my keys, my phone, my bank cards. In our early years yer man’s blood pressure soared when he’d hear me confessing to losing my Visa card and he’d immediately launch a frantic search, insisting … More There I am in the paper #79
It’s been a lifetime since I’ve written here… well almost a month. Christmas has come and gone and New Year has arrived and with it my New Year Resolutions. This year they are mostly writing related. I will start taking my writing more seriously. I will call myself a writer in public without whispering and … More Starting 2019 with an apology and some news.
If you’ve ever had an inspector of licences call to your door, this is for you. Here’s one of my pieces from my column in the Examiner. Recently, a certain college student I know was visited by one of those most lovely of people, the television licence inspector. This student lives in a large estate, … More There I am in the paper #77
Ever sat at a laptop waiting to do battle with Ticketmaster? Me too and it didn’t always go well! Enjoy this from my ‘It’s My Life,’ column in the Irish Examiner. A couple of weeks ago my phone was hopping with excited messages from my daughters. “Westlife are back together.” “I doubt it,” I texted, … More There I am in the paper #76
Five years ago I first dipped my toe publicly into writing and began this blog. The following year I decided to go to my first ever writing festival, Wexford Literary Festival. With trepidation I walked in its doors that first day convinced others could spot I was not a writer. After all, what exactly had … More Wexford Literary Festival.
Here you go, another ‘It’s My Life’ story from my weekly column in the Irish Examiner’s Feelgood. My rather personal take on homework. The other day, in a moment of madness, I sat down to help my daughter with her ‘homework.’ This wasn’t what you’d imagine as she is not a pupil of any school, … More There I am in the paper #74
As I sit down almost daily these days, to write stories from my past for my memoir, I am struck by how different each day is. There are days when I’ve no interest in exploring the darker side of my memory, the moments, days and even years of unpleasantness I’ve locked away. Instead I sit … More Why did you write that?
The short answer is no. But have no fear there’s a longer answer. I have 40,000 words of a story written… but I’ve put it aside. Why? Because there is a book in my head, a book which is very close to my heart. I’ve tried to put off writing it, but the small voice … More Any sign of my book?