Daisy Chains

Earlier this week I left the 52 degrees of Qatar and looked forward to arriving home to a nice damp 17 degrees with a drizzle. It wasn’t to be, we pulled into the coach station to a splintering 29degrees and not a promise of rain. As we reluctantly discarded our fleecy hoodies which we have…

Is there nothing sacred?

Well, there you have it, we have it all now. We’ve got divorce, we’ve got equality between heterosexual and homosexual marriage, we’ve got the Health Service Executive providing gender changes and now we have abortion. Ireland is truly a liberal country. We now have national approval and the supporting legislation to shape and mould ourselves…

The Debs in Doha

It every girl’s dream and every parent’s nightmare, prom. Call it what you want, I called it the debs, others called it graduation and more called it passing out.  The passing out part was what I was afraid of. Back in my day the debs was an awkward affair, firstly you had to ask a…

Make me an Island

‘Take me and break me and close all your windows and doors, shut me off, cut me off, make me an island, I’m yours, take me away from the world, take me away from the girls, take me and break me and make me an island, I’m yours’. This, imaginably, is what the Emir is…

Good Friday no more

When you live abroad, it’s impossible to make it back home to Ireland for every, birthday, anniversary, wedding and celebration, if they’re on outside of summer, you have possibly one chance, so you must choose your battles carefully. I’ve one priority for mid-year visits and that is that there is something in it for the…

Mná na hÉireann

Who would have thought that at the ripe old age of .. ahem, that it would be during March 2018 when a sudden identity crisis would emerge.  To be fair, it was prompted. Within a week, we’ve had international women’s day and Mother’s Day and now Patrick’s day.  It’s too much for me, too many…