Category: Ireland

“The Leaving”

I know I'm not alone in still having nightmares about the Leaving. But I like to think my route to university was even more stressful than most in Ireland...

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A different kind of Queen’s message…

Not that queen. This one. Panti Bliss - the newly-crowned Queen of Ireland. Merry Christmas Panti! http://youtu.be/4vH6vEndT1A  

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Irish cadets who performed at JFK funeral to offer final salute

Irish cadets who performed at JFK funeral to offer final salute An interesting article tweeted by the Irish Embassy in Washington this morning. Remembering the Irish Army cadets who stood by JFK's graveside in 1963: For hours the young cadets waited, standing at attention by the freshly dug grave - a striking tableau in their ...

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Crossing over…

A snapshot I took of the Boyne Valley Bridge on my drive down from Belfast to Dublin on Wednesday evening. (Don't worry, I was in the passenger seat when I took the photo). It came through pretty clearly, considering the speed we were going...and the fact I Instagrammed the hell out of it.  

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Flashback: Technicolour Dublin

I'm in the middle of a massive household sort and clear-out mission this weekend, all in preparation for moving house in the coming weeks. I came across a box of the most amazing old postcards from Ireland. I have a vague memory of getting these from my grandmother in Dublin and have had them in ...

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Getting old? Moi?

I spent last night catching up with some old friends I went to University with. It's been a while since we all got together, so most of the night was spent reminiscing and embarrassing each other about various youthful indiscretions. Cringe-inducing, but hilarious all the same. Dinner at the lovely Green Hen, where due to ...

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Grannies in swimsuits

After three days of a crazy work schedule here in Dublin, I'm more tired than...a very tired thing. My brain is mush and I'm rather looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. Actually, not eating my dinner in the same room I sleep in would be a welcome change. Room service is not as ...

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A generalisation, but…

I spent a few days in Dublin on business earlier this week. Most of that time was spent trying to avoid the biblical-standard rain that pummelled the city right up until the point my taxi pulled into Dublin Airport for my journey home. Great timing. I've been back and forth to Dublin quite a bit ...

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Eurovision 2010: Ireland

Ireland chose its entrant for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest last night. Although I left Ireland's shores some 11 years ago, I still retain a keen interest in the acts the Irish public sends off to (possible) Eurovision glory. My interest was sparked by Linda Martin's win back in 1992, which began a chain of ...