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DON’T POSTPONE JOY! By Jacinta Swann

DON’T POSTPONE JOY! By Jacinta Swann

By Jacinta Swann It is three years since I braved going to the ‘Art of a Good Saturday’ in Rockforest. On the first morning, I consoled myself that it was only for a morning, I didn’t have to commit!  I was terrified I wouldn’t be…

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A DECLARATION OF LOVE

A DECLARATION OF LOVE

Exactly 30 years ago in the month of February I packed my bags and the tools of my trade, gave notice to my partner in business who gave me a compass in return and left my country for an indefinite amount of time. I was…

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UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGES

UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGES

A friend of mine gave me the gift of a book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a brilliant novel about a timid man in his later years, who discovers that a former friend and colleague is seriously ill. Harold sets out with the intention of…

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FOR THE ANCIENTS

FOR THE ANCIENTS

This year’s theme of Voyages has been explored widely by the Art Group in RehabCare, Dun Laoghaire. Over 8 sessions we have worked intensively surfing the waters of creativity, navigating from island to island, painting those imaginary places and telling their stories. Now that we have reached our…

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Acts of Transformation

Acts of Transformation

“You sound like an artist more than you look like one!” said the boy as he was getting ready to paint. “What does an artist look like?” I enquired. After a moment of hesitation, carefully choosing his words and avoiding references that may be unkind…

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That Particular, Precious Ingredient

That Particular, Precious Ingredient

Travel Diary – 21 July 2014 As I travelled by train from Sondrio to Malpensa airport I reflected on the holiday that was ending and on what seemed to have been the most recurring topic of conversation during my stay: food, Italy’s national obsession. The…

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Strange Boats

Strange Boats

KEEP CLOSED AT SEA said the sign on the door of the fishing boat berthed in Howth’s harbour. I took mental note of it feeling it was a coded message of some sort which I had to pay particular attention to, which I did. Those…

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The Illumination of Monks Town ET

The Illumination of Monks Town ET

I was privileged again to be asked back in Monkstown Educate Together Primary School to work with 6th class pupils on their parting gift to the school. This is a well established tradition where every year the children who are leaving to go to secondary…

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Under the Eye of the Gods

Under the Eye of the Gods

The decision to go to the bar and have a cappuccino resulted in us (my husband and myself) missing the chance to get a chair because when we entered the Pantheon last Sunday morning all seats had been taken. At 8am on Pentecost day the sun was shining…

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News from the Black Hole

News from the Black Hole

12th May – 6am I have been in a black hole for several days now and I know is not the time to get out of it. Not yet anyway. Uncharacteristically I resist the temptation to forge ahead no matter what and I pause to…

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