Last Sunday I went to mass. Not because I’m a good Catholic, but to stand beside a family who are hurting. One year ago, Elma, a kind, gentle, lady of tremendous strength died suddenly. She was a wife, a daughter and a wonderful mother. While a young mother’s loss is always enormous, this family were … More Remembering Elma.
Time to share another of my Irish Examiner, ‘It’s my life,’ columns. Hope it makes you smile. Growing up, I was guilty of believing Dublin was the centre of the universe. For myself, and my childhood friends, where you came from was simple, either you were from Dublin, or the country. Of course, now that I’ve been living … More There I am in the paper #69
With the Pope’s visit all over the news this week, there has been a lot of air time given to those who have survived clerical abuse in Ireland. The many women who were in Magdalene laundries, the children who were illegally adopted, those who were beaten and mistreated within schools and institutions and those who … More Words without actions are no use to anyone.
For a long time this blog was a source of comfort to me, a place to speak from the heart and soul, a place I went to daily to ruminate or offload. But, that was in the olden days, before so many found it and I became more conscious of who was reading. However, just … More A request.
Here’s another of my, ‘It’s my life columns’ in the Examiner’s feelgood. This one stars yer man. As a family, I think we’ve been resilient to date, surviving decades of arguments and evolution. The older children survived the arrival of siblings, who changed yer man and myself from parents who gush, “I love you sweetheart,” into ones who shout, … More There I am in the paper #68
It’s been quite some time since I’ve shared one of my columns from the Irish Examiner’s Feelgood, so sit back, remember the heat wave and hopefully enjoy. “How about going to the beach tomorrow?” my friend said. Memories of beaching with ten children between us flooded back. So, despite my severe intolerance to heat, and … More There I am in the paper #67
I’m back from holiday’s feeling refreshed, my mind filled with a hundred images of spectacular views which thankfully are hard to forget. Sometimes I wish I did social media more so I could share with others the magic of a small village in West Cork called Allihies on the Beara peninsula. For over twenty years … More Allihies… a little piece of heaven.
Today I wanted to post a very special post to my mum and dad. Yesterday was their anniversary. Sixty three years ago they made their vows, promising to love and cherish each other. As they danced that evening as husband and wife, their chosen song was ‘I’m walking behind you,’ by Eddie Fisher. Sadly for … More I know he is walking behind.
I’ve been blogging for four years and up to this year posted regularly. However, in more recent times I’ve taken a step back. Why? Because I’m enjoying living. Yes, I’m spending more time honing my writing skills on short stories and trying to lessen the time I spend online. How’s my WIP going? It’s not. … More Life offline.
Here is my column from last weeks Irish Examiner’s Feelgood. Sadly this week I will have one reader less, as an amazing mother, sister, grandmother and friend to many, Sheila Courtney, passed away all too suddenly on Monday. Sheila was well known in this house by our children as ‘Nana Courtney’ despite not being a … More There I am in the paper #66