Thanks, Gaybo, for revealing the real meaning of life

When Gay Byrne spoke to Ray D’Arcy this week about the TV show, ‘Once More With Feeling: The Meaning of Life’, which aired last night, we all perked up a little bit, and listened. Perhaps because of his reticence in expressing his opinions over the years, Gaybo has been conferred, as he ages, with an almost [...]

2018-05-31T18:10:01+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One year on, and life will never be the same

Happy birthday to my son, Ferdia. It’s been one hell of a year since this little boy burst into the world in rather a rush, kicking and curious and ready for action. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZEw7MqB6Sn/?taken-by=deshocks My beautiful blond boy has turned me into the kind of mother I always laughed at. My husband says he knew almost [...]

2018-12-01T09:52:43+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Print|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Two steps forward… you can guess the rest

It's been one week since I returned to work and said goodbye (for a few hours a day at least!) to the world of nappies, puréed pear and hour-long, often unsuccessful, attempts to leave the house. I enjoyed my maternity leave - it was busy, with a big move in the middle of it that I [...]

Is there anything more terrifying than the prospect of a reunion?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYPnUrREbRg It’s one of those emails that fills you with dread… are you ready for your ten year college reunion? Am I heck. I was a joiner in college. I was the best gosh darn joiner you ever met. I was on the students’ union, joined about 40 clubs and societies, and generally made a [...]

When is stealing, stealing?

Picture the scene. A girls' boarding school, circa 1996. A large number of tweens from the local primary school in costume, pacing the floor as they rehearse their speech and drama for the big exam. A locker open. A tantalising glimpse of a bag of mini Toffee Crisps, spilling over. SONY DSC Speech and [...]

Loving your body, even when it’s a burden

Love your body. We’ve heard it all before, and to most of us, raised on a diet of, well, diets, skinny celebrities and wonder cures, it’s in one ear and out the other. But body image is a fundamental part of who we are, and it affects everything from our relationships to our careers, no matter [...]

2018-12-01T09:55:45+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Dear Diary… am I really that boring?!

Dear Diary, It’s been about 16 years since I kept a diary, and when I did, I was younger even than 16. I thought I was going to be the next Anne Frank (tragic death aside) and that generations would find my diaries, marvel at the unfairness of my life, thrill at the mundanity of a [...]

2018-12-01T09:56:36+00:00 November 21st, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Visiting emigrant friends is bittersweet

It was my first visit to London in three years. It was also the closest thing I’ve had to a reunion of my college class in nearly ten years, as so many of my classmates have ended up there. The week before, I’d visited a friend at home on his family’s farm. One of four kids, [...]

2013-09-07T18:42:32+00:00 September 7th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , |

Laser eye surgery – the saga continues!

English: Camerman filming the wildlife on a coral reef (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In April I marked the first anniversary since my laser eye surgery at Optilase. I didn't blog about it at the time, because I was in the middle of appointments there to see whether I needed a refresher surgery. And I do. [...]

2012-07-06T09:42:29+00:00 July 6th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |