Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Daoibh! It’s that time of year again when the Irish culture is both celebrated and bastardised the world over by well meaning ambassadors and not-so-well meaning drinks companies. Contrary to popular belief, our national pastime isn’t drinking porter and it frustrates me that with every passing year, our day to shine… Continue reading Token Paddy’s Day Post
‘What are you wearing?’ Those four words will never again have the same tone of innuendo for me, not if I can get my hands on one of these bad boys! Let me set the scene: I’m on the sofa, eating my favourite strawberry granola, cup of tea in hand, when I rather absently flick… Continue reading Writer’s Wardrobe – Problem Solved!
We are completely spoilt for choice in Ireland when it comes to castles. And even on a wet day (or a soft day I should say!) Aughnanure Castle still casts a magical spell. Located just 30 minutes drive from Galway City, it made the ideal day trip for the long weekend. Readers of The Cross… Continue reading Another day, another castle!
Imagine having a treasure trove of 16th century artefacts on your doorstep and doing absolutely nothing to preserve them. This would appear to be the stance of the National Monuments Service and their Underwater Archaeology Unit regarding the Spanish Armada wrecks being lost to our ferocious Atlantic currents. But what’s this got to do with… Continue reading Treasures underneath the sea
Of course Hallowe’en was invented by the Irish. We are the finest purveyors of myth, magic and skullduggery on the planet, so when it comes to a festival full of trickery and mischief, you can bet we were behind it. Samhain, as it is referred to as gaeilge (loosely translated as the end of summer), is like… Continue reading How The Irish Invented Hallowe’en
I am literally beside myself. Literally. I am sitting beside myself, looking at my…. other self, going, “Can you believe this???!” And I literally can’t believe it. Now anyone who knows me at all knows that I am of reasonably sound mind and body, a fairly calm, rational and dare I say, sensible woman. But… Continue reading Time Travel… Scottish Style!
The lovely people at Writing.ie recently asked me to write an article for their ‘Better Fiction Guides’ and so I decided to do a piece on how to write ‘Time-Slip’. Historical Fiction is so popular right now, but now if you’re looking for that extra oomph, both as a writer and a reader, Time-Slip offers… Continue reading Time Keeps On Slipping…