On Writing

University of Limerick / Frank McCourt Summer School 2017

Hard as it is to believe, it’s been nearly a year since I travelled to New York to participate in the inaugural UL Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School.   As it was the first of its kind, we weren’t sure what to expect, but our bravery was very well-rewarded.   Our time at New York […]

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Review of The Burren Storehouse – Published Food & Wine Magazine, November 2016

The Burren Storehouse Lisdoonvarna Co. Clare Tel: +353(0)657074084 www.roadsidetavern.ie   Visiting Lisdoonvarna during the Matchmaking Festival is an experience for the bucket list; the colourful town heaves with waltzing couples, gypsy fortune-tellers and busking fiddlers.  Happily married and with two left feet, we sought refuge in the Burren Storehouse, a recent venture from hospitality super-couple, […]

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Tehran: A City of Arrested Development – Published, The Irish Times, October 2016

Travel Writer Rachael Kealy found the Iranian capital to be a contrast between the cold regime and the warm locals The mood changed as soon as we entered Iranian airspace. The crew collected alcoholic drinks, sweeping a curtain of silence across the cabin. Passengers quietly readied themselves, tucking their hair beneath headscarves, folding away magazines […]

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‘Lola Montez: Limerick’s Exotic Dancer and Spider-Lady’ – Published Limerick Life Newspaper September 2016

Lola Montez – an exotic dancer, sometime actress and legendary courtesan – was born Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, most likely on the 17th February 1821 in Sligo.  In the first of a series of white lies, her ‘autobiography’ (credited to her publicity agent C Chauncey Burr) states that she was born in 1824, in […]

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Recent Radio Reviews & Interviews: Broadcast Limerick 102FM 2016

A selection of recent radio interviews and reviews, completed with the excellent Limerick 102FM producer / interviewer /editor Sharon Noonan (@queenoforg on Twitter). Restaurants covered include da Vincenzo’s, Azur Restaurant & Kyoto Sushi in Limerick, Ida’s in Dingle, Le Petit Pois in Galway, Brick Lane in Cork and many more besides. You might forgive the ‘ums’ and […]

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Selection of ‘My Design Life’ Features, Published in Limerick Life Newspaper 2016

A short selection of recently published ‘My Design Life’ Features, originally published in the ‘Home, Style and Property’ section of Limerick Life Newspaper in 2016  

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‘Frank McCourt – From New York to Limerick’ – Published Limerick Life Newspaper August 2016

For a man most famous for writing about his childhood in our city, Frank McCourt was actually born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929.  His father, Malachy McCourt, couldn’t claim Limerick as his birthplace either, as he came from Antrim.  It was only his mother, Angela McCourt (née Sheehan) who was born here.   It was […]

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Selection of ‘Take Five: Home, Style & Property’, Published in Limerick Life Newspaper 2016

A short selection of recently published ‘Take Five’ spotlights in the ‘Home, Style and Property’ section of Limerick Life Newspaper in early 2016

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‘Mary Heath, Our Lady Icarus’ – Published Limerick Life Newspaper August 2016

On Thursday, 17th May 1928, thousands of people gathered at Croydon aerodrome in London, gazing upwards, squinting in the spring sun.  They were waiting to see the pioneering pilot who had traversed Africa, flying 10,000 miles on a dangerous solo trip in a tiny Avro Avian biplane, a record-breaking feat of endurance, skill and bravery.  […]

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Review of Idás, Dingle – Published Food & Wine Magazine, June 2016

Idás John Street Dingle Kerry Tel: +353(066)9150885 www.idasdingle.com   On a recent summer’s evening, with the sun setting over the Atlantic, we visited Idás in Dingle, on a picturesque peninsula in West Kerry.  We chose the tasting menu, entailing six courses for €60 (there’s also a set menu option for €45).  With a Friday night […]

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