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The Journal | Simple life: 6 one-pot pasta combos

AS THE DAYS grow shorter and the evenings colder, there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a bowl of warming pasta. These simple dishes are all cooked in just one pot (yes, pasta included), leaving you with a hearty meal that saves you too much trouble of washing up.   Read more here…

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Apr 26
2018

Review of Tartare, Galway – Published Food & Wine Magazine, March 2018

Tartare 56 Dominick Street Lower Galway +353(0) 91567803 www.facebook.com/tartaregalway We visited Galway at the tail-end of Storm Emma: the snow was finally slipping from the slates, but the frigid breeze of the Atlantic still stung as we entered Tartare, the newest in a trinity of restaurants by culinary dream team JP McMahon and Drigín Gaffey.  […]

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Feb 22
2018

Food as Storytelling: An Irish Literary Brunch

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be hosting a literary brunch as part of the UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School University of Limerick (#ULCWFest). Previously held in New York City, this is the first year that the hugely popular summer school has located itself in the city of its fondly-remembered patron, Frank McCourt. This year it’s […]

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Jan 31
2018

Restaurant Review: Clodagh’s Kitchen, Arnotts, Dublin

I’m not the most prolific shopper in our family.  That honour goes to my husband, who delights in the entire shopping ritual.  He loves the frisson of excitement when entering the store, the delight in finding some sartorial treasure, even the transformative promise of the changing room.  And so it was we found ourselves taking advantage […]

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Jan 28
2018

Recipe: Homemade Basil Pesto

I’ve had enough of the short, dark days, and cold, wet weather. I’m heartily fed up of soups, stews and casseroles (and so is my waistline). I’m leaning so far into the upcoming spring that I’m in danger of time-travelling.  So I’ve decided to start cooking like winter is over already, and nothing imbues a […]

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Book Review: Slow at Work, by Aoife McElwain

There are few tag-lines more attractive to me than this one: ‘How to work less, achieve more and regain your balance in an always-on world’.   With her book ‘Slow at Work’, Aoife McElwain is writing for our generation, the one with plates so full we’re in danger of bringing the whole Greek wedding down. She […]

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Through the Ages: A Riotous Decade – Published Limerick Life Newspaper, December 2017

In previous instalments of the Through the Ages series, we have examined life in Limerick in the early decades of the 19th century. It i s clear from the most recent subjects – the merchant bodies, the construction of Newtown Pery, the first hospitals, the introduction of the police and the banking crash – that […]

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Through The Ages: Our First Modern Hospitals – Published Limerick Life Newspaper, November 2017

There were three major features to the early decades of the 1800s in Limerick: civil unrest, hunger and sickness. The latter is no surprise, given the difficulties faced by the inhabitants of the city. In many parts, they lived cheek-by-jowl, with poor nutrition and even worse sanitation. In the cramped confines of the old town […]

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Through the Ages: the Tithe War – Published Limerick Life Newspaper, November 2017

As we’ve charted the history of Limerick through the late 18th and early 19th century, one common theme has emerged: agrarian unrest. It was one of the many reasons for the 1798 Rebellion, gave rise to the Whiteboy and Ribbonmen movements, and indeed helped support Daniel O’Connell on his rapid political trajectory. It was also, […]

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Review of Salt, Galway – Published Food & Wine Magazine, November 2017

Salt Restaurant and Bar 163 Upper Salthill Galway +353(091)448441 www.saltgalway.com It’s a rare thing in Ireland to combine a Sunday with sunshine and a trip to the seaside. We somehow managed this remarkable feat on the day we visited Salt, the newly-opened seafood restaurant in Salthill, Galway. Despite the honeyed voice of the jazz singer […]

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