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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: Limerick on the The Night of the Big Wind – Published Limerick Life Newspaper, October 2017

Limerick has been struck not once, but twice, by storms in the previous weeks.  Buildings have been damaged, homes flooded and across the country, three people have lost their lives.  Storm Ophelia was considered a once-in-a-lifetime meteorological event, the likes of which we’re unlikely to see again. It was not, however, the worst storm in […]

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Limerick Through the Ages: Agrarian Agitation in Munster – Published Limerick Life Newspaper, October 2017

The aftermath of the 1798 Rebellion saw a flame of agrarian agitation reignite in Cork, Tipperary and Limerick.  This time, however, the rules of the game had changed: lethal force was now an option. As mentioned in the previous edition, late 18th century Ireland was a difficult place for the tenant farmer or labourer, who generally […]

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Through the Ages: The Munster Banking Crisis – Published Limerick Life Newspaper, October 2017

The Napoleonic Wars of 1803 to 1815 saw almost all of Europe go to battle as General Bonaparte led his French Empire against an array of European coalitions.  The twelve-year conflict required enormous supplies, especially of food.  Then, as now, war brings profit as well as devastation. Ireland, commonly referred to as the ‘breadbasket of […]

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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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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 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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Selection of ‘Limerick’s Top Chefs: The Recipe Collection’ Features, Published in Limerick Life Newspaper 2016

A short selection of recently published ‘Limerick’s Top Chefs: The Recipe Collection’ Features, originally published in Limerick Life Newspaper in 2016

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News: Launch of ‘Introducing Narrative 4 Ireland’ in the University of Limerick

Creative Writing at UL and Narrative 4 present IMPAC AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST COLUM McCANN Author of Let the Great World Spin INTRODUCING NARRATIVE 4 IRELAND Wednesday, November 5, 2014 5pm – 6pm Lecture Theatre KBG 12 in the Kemmy Business School with JOSEPH O’CONNOR: UL Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing and Honorary Member, N4 Narrative […]

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