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Through the Ages: The Origins of Policing in Limerick – Published Limerick Life Newspaper, October 2017

Members of London’s police dressed in early 19th century style Over the last number of weeks, we have traced the tumultuous history of Limerick at the turn of the 18th century. It was a time of great unrest, in which agrarian agitators and nationalist rebels posed a constant challenge to the authorities’ grip on law […]

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Through the Ages: Limerick and the Liberator – Published Limerick Life Newspaper, September 2017

Visitors to Limerick will note, almost immediately, that the beating heart of the city lies in O’Connell Street.  The centrepiece of Georgian Newtown Pery, it was first called George’s Street (probably after King George III) until 1898, when it was renamed during the centenary of the 1798 Rebellion.   The new name was given in […]

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Review of Wa Cafe, Galway – Published Food & Wine Magazine, September 2017

Wa Café 13 New Dock Street Galway +353(0)91895850 www.wacafe.net   We visited Wa Café early one Sunday and found it dark, shuttered and empty – the Marie-Celeste of Asian cuisine. Having strolled down to the docks, we returned five minutes later to a bustling restaurant, noisy with sizzling pans, enquiring customers and a ringing till. […]

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Through the Ages: The Families of Georgian Limerick – Published Limerick Life Newspaper, August 2017

In the last edition, we looked at 18th century Limerick, a period of prosperity in which the city rapidly expanded, both in terms of land and population. Affluent families began to move into urban areas, instead of hunkering down in secure country mansions. This brought a new vibrancy to Limerick, which was transformed from a […]

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Review of Miyazaki, Cork – Published Food & Wine Magazine, August 2017

Miyazaki 1a Evergreen Street Cork City Tel: +353(0)214312716 www.facebook.com/miyazakicork In the days before Uber and Hailo, we used to spend Saturday nights in the cramped, cosy confines of a taxi rank, tucking into curry chips and diet coke while awaiting a lift home. Despite the gravel-voiced dispatcher and the cracked plastic couch, it was a […]

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Review of Rachel’s, Cork – Published Food & Wine Magazine, July 2017

Rachel’s 28 Washington Street Cork Tel: +353(21)4274189 www.rachels.ie The Tiffany-blue building on Washington Street doesn’t scream ‘celebrity restaurant’, but in effect, that’s what it is: Rachel’s is a new venture for Rachel Allen, well-known TV chef, journalist and author. Inside, the design follows the usual formula (exposed ceiling, polished concrete, bare bulbs = modern restaurant) […]

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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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Review of Kyoto Sushi, Limerick – Published Food & Wine Magazine, September 2016

Kyoto Sushi & Noodle 4 George’s Quay Limerick Tel: +353(61)419605   Recent visitors to Limerick might recall seeing a sign hung from a building by the Shannon at George’s Quay.  The stark lettering announced ‘typical restaurant coming soon’ while the ordinary white façade was transformed into a Japanese restaurant complete with mock stone walls and […]

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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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