Journal

Recipe: Spiralized Courgette (Zucchini) with Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper, Basil and Tomato Sauce

Suffering from a love for gadgets inherited from my father and readily indulged by my husband, my most recent folly is a spiralizer. A what-ilizer? I hear you say. Well, let me explain. It’s the latest in my formidable arsenal of weapons against fat. I’ve tried everything (except regular exercise and healthy eating, obviously) to […]

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Book Review: ‘Sisterland’ by Curtis Sittenfeld

Well, I just finished ‘Sisterland‘ and if – and it’s a big ‘if’ – I ever run a marathon, I’m pretty sure I’ll feel the same way. Exhausted. It’s essentially a book about twin sisters who have a vague ability to predict the future. One becomes a flaky hippie, hawking her ability as something of […]

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Recipe: Cheap & Easy Kedgeree

An old fashioned colonial recipe, the recipe for kedgeree supposedly evolved from the Englishman’s love of kippers for breakfast, enlivened by the wonderful array of spices and rice available in India. A healthy, fast, and very cheap dish, I can’t believe we don’t see it touted more often by health food nuts or indeed frugal […]

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Arts: Georgian Pop-Up Museum – Limerick’s Oldest Home Exhibition

It’s not often my husband comes home wanting to visit a museum, but that is indeed what happened last week, when he read in the local paper of a pop-up museum in Limerick’s oldest home. No. 55 Rutland Street was built circa 1760 as one of the first grand merchants’ homes opposite the Custom House […]

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Book Review: ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson and ‘The Edge of Tomorrow’ feat. Emily Blunt & Tom Cruise….

**Possible Spoilers** It’s not a sentence I thought I’d ever type, but the recent Emily Blunt / Tom Cruise film ‘The Edge of Tomorrow’ reminded me hugely of Kate Atkinson’s prize-winning novel, ‘Life After Life’. Imagine that you could re-live your life over and over again, learning to avoid dangerous obstacles and people, so that […]

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Arts: Brian MacMahon Exhibition Limerick

I found the Brian MacMahon Exhibition in the best possible way – by accident. Wandering home from the gym (dressed like a distinctly out-of-shape runner) I cast my eyes towards the old Sailors’ Home, a beautiful Victorian building on O’Curry Street, Limerick which I had been admiring for some time. Formerly a home for retired […]

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Book Review: ‘Kiss Me First’ by Lottie Moggach

‘Kiss Me First’ is a thoroughly modern book centring on a girl called Leila, who is convinced by an internet cult leader to take over the online life of Tess, a suicidal woman who wants to disappear from the world without hurting her family.  This might sound relatively fanciful, but in the skilled hands of […]

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Writers’ Tipples: Straight Scotch – Dylan Thomas

This writer’s drink is a straightforward one; his relationship with drink itself was not. Over the last couple of weeks, this little series of writers’ favourite drinks is part homage to writers I admire, part a bit of fun.  I find myself unable to draw much fun out of this writer’s association with drinking, however. […]

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Recipe: Easy Individual Banoffee Pie

‘Offee pie is a unique RMKealy recipe.  However, it’s not inspired by culinary genius, painstakingly formulated and tested in a professional kitchen. It’s what happens when a typical modern Irish woman (read: insanely busy) juggles slightly too many balls in the air while attempting to be that multi-limbed goddess of family, home and work that […]

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Listening vs Reading: Audiobooks

In our house, we’re well-versed in the world of audiobooks as they are the reason why our family holidays are successful. I love to read books (well, duh) but my husband doesn’t.  It’s not the books themselves mind you, it’s just the physical act of reading sentence after sentence for three hundred pages – his […]

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