The Smell of Lilac. Remembering the May Day Procession


      This is a piece I wrote several years ago, about the May Day procession in Laurel Hill Convent in County Limerick.   I dusted it off yesterday, May Day, after a trove of bittersweet memories and sentiment was stirred amongst my friends, by...

Tilth and Loam


  I wish I were Camilla Parker Bowles. She is really lucky, because she can have as much Highgrove Biodegradable Garden Twine as she likes……and I don’t know about her (spoiled hussy) but I like Highgrove Biodegradable Garden Twine A LOT.   My sister (the...

The €25,000 bottle of whiskey


  In March 2006 we were invited to a St Patrick’s Day party by Anglo Irish Bank in Geneva.   The guest speaker was Tim Pat Coogan, former Editor of the Irish Press.  It was a swell affair in a swanky venue.  Tim Pat Coogan’s speech,...

I Only Kiss the Altos


Not long after we bought a house in France I began looking for a group with whom to share my passion and my addiction and at a fair in the local village –  purportedly showcasing the best of the terroir but really the annual autumn...

Allerleirauh


  A couple of weeks ago in Berlin we went off down to where the square ladies shop.  There are a lot of square ladies in Berlin; small, veiled Turkish women who appear as wide as they are tall. These square ladies know their onions,...

Gucci, the Goldfish and the Fiat 500


On a recent trip to Turin, I was delighted to see that there were Fiat 500s everywhere on the streets along with the new Fiat 126 which used to be known as the Bambino.   Well, it is Turin after all, and ‘FIAT’ stands for ‘Fabbrica...

Prologue with Epilogue


Maybe it was seven years ago – maybe it was ten – my husband bought me the an internet domain. I had recently taken a break from my journalistic career. After almost quarter of a century of writing as well as presenting and reporting on...

The Museum of Fascinating Articles


When travelling on the train ?from Cork to visit her sisters in Dublin or journalistic colleagues at the?Irish Press office on Burgh Quay, my mother would catch up with reading?newspapers, particularly the features-rich British Sundays.  She was known to accost strangers seated near her, regardless...

Boards


I like wooden bread boards and chopping boards wine from Bordeaux smorgasbords and groaning boards (and don’t mind being below the salt.) I like board shorts …but only worn on the waist Stand Up Paddle boards and outboard motors. I like boarding aeroplanes and real...
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