February 18, 2015


We share an irreverent sense of humour, a spirited mouthiness, and an unfortunate fondness for sweet-shop rubbish, but my best friend and I are two very different people. I'm prone to ranting, tend to be overly sentimental about lyrics, and am worryingly susceptible t...

February 3, 2015

Written November 2011


The thing is, when you change location in the middle of a recession, people automatically believe it’s for economic reasons. That starvation, or disgruntled creditors, or creditors disgruntled by starvation chased me out of Cork. That coming back...

February 3, 2015

Written August 2009


As it’s Builders’ Holidays in Ireland at the moment (a nationally-recognised breather for those in the construction industry; that should give you some clue as to how ingrained in the Irish psyche is the practise of throwing together the odd stone w...

February 2, 2015

Written January 2007



I was over at me mammy's last night, for the annual Twelve Candles festivities.


The Twelve Candles is an odd tradition, where we light twelve small, slim . . . well, candles, assign a name of a family member to each of them, wait till they extingu...

February 1, 2015

Written May 2006


I read today in The Sunday Times that midwives reckon women in labour get too much pain relief.


I reckon that the midwives in question are sadistic, childless wagons.


I'll tell you one thing for free (because I don't get paid to blog): labour is horren...

February 1, 2015

Written March 2009


We got to yapping about proposals yesterday, my friends and I. Proposals of marriage.


It is a subject dear to my spleen, because I have never been proposed to, or proposed at, or propositioned in any way JaneAustenlike and socially correct. But you'r...

February 1, 2015

Written February 2007

I met one of my big brothers on the side of the road yesterday. The side of the road is a great place to meet male Irish members of your family; generally, three on a Sunday morning's a good time, where they might be singing at the streetlights or...

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