Ireland


The Boll Weevil 3: On the Waterfront


                                  Back in Ireland this week looking for an interim property towards a home in which we might gracefully decline (when we get older losing our hair, many years...

Kevin Pearce


    Kevin Pearce is an internationally famous snowboarder who was critically injured when he struck his head above the eyes on the edge of the pipe during a halfpipe training run on New Year’s Eve 2009 in Park City, Utah. He remained critically ill...

The Bol Weevil and the Lightning Bug 2: On the Ground


          Like an over-confident teenager, I thought I knew it all. Teenagers know everything about life, I thought I knew everything about the Irish property market. Actually, I hadn’t a ballsey notion. I’ve just come back from a house-hunting trip to...

The Boll Weevil and the Lightning Bug 1: A Home in Ireland


      In 1999 Himself was working in Dublin and only came home to Cork at weekends and desolé being apart, we decided to buy a house in Dublin. I began a search, which, back then, was not online but involved foot-slogging and an...

Love In The Air


                          On November 1st 1986, Himself and myself fell in love, in a helicopter out over the County Cork coast.   He was the hands-on producer of a new television series for RTE...

Women and Politics…..pink frocks or burcas?­


  I have personal experience of what it is like, how it feels for oneself and one’s gender, to be derided by men on a political convention platform. On a plane to Berlin last week, still reeling from the ignorance and misogyny­ of Todd Akin’s...

Earthquakes


According to an expert in the Geology Departments of the Flat Earth  University, (me) one is less likely to be the victim of an earthquake in Ireland than almost anywhere else on earth. That said however, I was once the victim of an earthquake in...

Talking Blues and Hobos


Woody Guthrie’s centenary, steel guitars and talking blues, freedom and freight train whistles and the Dust Bowl mentality which has replaced Ireland’s Celtic Tiger bravado lead this restless mind to John T Davis and frocks.   Its called polygenesis. Years ago, in a previous incarnation...

Lucys and the Last Spike


  There was once a woman who was lost for 3.5 million years. When she was found in an Ethiopian desert, she was given the name Lucy and was hailed as our first upstanding female ancestor, the mother of our species.  “Lennon swore ‘Lucy in...

First Holy Communion


  This weekend is one of the busiest in the year in Ireland for First Holy Communions.  First Communion is a right of passage for every 7-8 year old Catholic child, their first time to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist having prepared spiritually by...