When my children were babies I dreamed of a day, many years in the future, when I would enjoy a weekend away without them. I watched others with older children and imagined their easier lives. My ultimate dream was to one day enjoy the sights and sounds of Allihies… alone. Those years have flown past, … More Echoes in the hills of Allihies.
I have returned, reluctantly, to the real world after an amazing weekend in Allihies, courtesy of “yer man”, as a gift for my birthday. In almost twenty years of visiting, I have rarely seen the skies so blue. The words of William Henry Davies sprang to mind on more than one occasion. “What is this … More Welcome to Allihies. West Cork, Ireland.
Have you any addictions? Now there’s a personal question if ever I heard one. As my mother would say, “A policeman wouldn’t ask you that!”. Well I have no problem admitting to having one or two. Not of the heroin or crack cocaine variety you may be disappointed to note, something a lot tamer. Some … More Better to try and fail?
Here is a modern day tale of Samson and Goliath. A story to make you smile. In the male dominated, multi million pound world that is international soccer a young Irish woman is down to the final three for scoring the greatest goal of 2014. If you watch this you will see that there was … More What a story!
Well today was the day. The last day with our old pal before he moves to England to live with his family. I thought I’d better post tonight just in case you were all day wondering how I got on. Did I manage to enjoy our last day? Did I need a box of tissues? … More Today is the tomorrow I dreaded.
Have you a place you like to go where you find total peace? Maybe it is indoors within your own home, or a local spot you go to, to walk or to sit. A place that over the years has shared your tears and laughter? I remember when my father knew he was dying he … More Where do you go to find peace?
Have you ever left your country of birth to begin a new life abroad? Was it a journey of choice, or one of necessity? Can you imagine what it would be like if you had to leave your homeland at eighty four years of age? As a young twenty two year old I left Ireland … More Ireland will miss you too.
As the child of a strong willed, independent mother, I grew up believing that girls were as good as boys. I was also aware that many boys did not agree with me. In an effort to live as an equal in this male dominated world, as a child I suppressed any girlishness within me. I … More Are women in Ireland second class citizens?
For anyone who is my facebook friend, you will have read today’s status update, Picnic packed, dog packed,kids ready. Dress code shorts. Off on West Cork mystery tour. Only problem is I’m the driver and I’m pretending I know where we are going, when in fact I’m just winging it! So where did we go, … More We’re off on a West Cork Mystery Tour, you are welcome to join us.
I have returned from a holiday in Spain during which I spotted one or two of these. I am just wondering if anyone else has had the pleasure? He is a Northern European male, who tends to fly during the months of July/August to a Mediterranean climate. It’s believed he does so to follow his … More Have you seen one yet?