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This website is being remodelled, upgraded, renewed.  It takes time, as the world intrudes….but it will be worth it. (Trust me, I’m a journalist.) Thank you for your understanding.

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THE HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON


One of my Goddaughters, Lucy Pearce, runs “Be Your Own Publisher” e-courses and a publishing business, which includes editing and production and writes a blog. Her latest entry “Stranger than Fiction” ( http://dreamingaloud.net/2015/07/stranger-than-fiction/) I found not stranger than fiction at all, but absolutely understandable and...

The Eight Weeks of Christmas


  It is the fading of the year. The clocks have gone back, and with the evenings dark and long we have started lighting a fire, the woodpile is neat and full against the house and the logs are dry. There is snow on our...

The Smell of Lilac. The May Day Procession


This is a piece I wrote several years ago, about the May Day procession in a convent boarding school in Limerick.   I’m dusting it off for May Day, as a  trove of bittersweet memories and sentiment is stirred by hearing Canon Sydney MacEwan singing the Marian...

Room


  A while ago someone asked “If you were to live in a book, what would it be?” I immediately thought of the book in which I would most NOT want to live:  “Room.”   Emma Donoghue’s novel “Room” is a work of fiction told...

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...

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...

A Meditation on the People of Singapore


Their head bones connected to their iPhones Their ear phones connected to their iPhones, Their neck bones connected to their iPhones Their shoulder bones connected to their iPhones Their arm bones connected to their iPhones Their hand bones connected to their iPhones Oh hear the...

How To Build an Igloo


We live at 480 metres. At 9 pm on January 13th it was -1.5C outside. We have some electric underfloor heating downstairs, but no central heating upstairs or in the house generally.  Today, we did not light our wood-burning stove in the living room until...

Oh Tannenbaum!


Driving through Switzerland last week I saw my very first Tannenbaum mit lichtern of the season outside a motorway restaurant in Neiderbipp.  The lights were red, the sky was blue, the tree – and the Alps – were green. Well, Mont Blanc stood out over...