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Upcoming events

It's the busiest time of year for events, and I have lots of awards ceremonies and other events coming up between now and Christmas! This month though I am looking forward to hosting: Breaking Barriers: A ball in aid of Cope Foundation and Jigsaww Cork, hosted by Lidl Cork at the Clayton Hotel Silversprings, this coming [...]

2019-09-18T13:30:06+00:00 September 18th, 2019|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , , |

Street harassment is a feminist issue 

The stereotypical whistling builder is the standard starting point for any discussion about gender based street harasment, which usually ends in someone telling a feminist to ‘relax, love’. But, campaigners say, street harassment is a real issue with real life consequences for women’s lives. The international campaign group Stop Street Harassment defines gender-based street harassment as [...]

Maternity services under the spotlight

Ireland’s maternity services are once again under the spotlight, as an overwhelming number of callers to RTE Radio One’s Liveline described difficult experiences of the system. Women told of being dismissed and humiliated, and a minority told of severe injuries to them or their baby. They were all over the country and they had given birth [...]

2019-09-16T10:26:06+00:00 September 16th, 2019|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Professionalise créches and make them public

You judge a society by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens, and once again it seems we are failing. We’re one of the richest, happiest and most advanced countries in the world but we can not get care - of our children, our elderly, our sick or our people with disabilities - right. We leave [...]

2019-08-07T13:57:15+00:00 August 7th, 2019|Categories: Opinion, Personal, Print|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bibby Financial Services opens in Cork

Last month I was delighted to host a panel discussion at the opening of Bibby Financial Services in Cork city featuring local businessmen Tom Leahy of BDM Boylan Solicitors and Seanie McGrath of Hamilton French as well as Bibby's Aoife McGinley and Andrew Perris who works in Foreign Exchange for Bibby in London. The panel discussion [...]

2019-07-10T11:44:20+00:00 July 10th, 2019|Categories: Events|Tags: , , |

Books, books and more books

I got lots of reading in during maternity leave, thanks to a lot of night feeds and discovering how useful a backlit iPad is as a Kindle! And I'm looking forward to meeting some authors (and you, I hope!) at exciting events over the next few months. Next month I'm at the West Cork Literary Festival [...]

Ode to joy

There’s a woman I see around Cork regularly and I’m a tiny bit in love with her. Back straight, head high, she is always dressed smartly in a sort of continental way. You know the kind of outfit I mean. Crisp things in monochrome that make Irish women (me, anyway) look like wrinkly spuds. Comfortable but [...]

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 [...]

2019-06-21T10:16:20+00:00 June 20th, 2019|Categories: Opinion, Print|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Upcoming events: Mary Robinson at the West Cork Literary Festival

I'm very excited to share the news that I will be interviewing Mary Robinson at the West Cork Literary Festival in July. The former President has written a book, Climate Justice, on the fight for climate justice by grassroots women around the world. It ties in very well with her podcast with Cobh comedian Maeve Higgins, [...]

Gotta have faith?

My childhood memories are filled with holy statues, the smell of incense, the sound of pews squeaking on a tiled floor in an echoey church. Visits to the crib and offkey hymns were Christmas. The somewhat gory sight of the Virgin Mary’s foot crushing a snake fascinated me during primary school assemblies, and the comforting Sunday [...]

2019-06-13T20:29:33+00:00 June 12th, 2019|Categories: Opinion, Personal, Print|Tags: , , , , , , , , |