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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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KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR by Deirdre Lenehan

KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR by Deirdre Lenehan

Schooldays. Bells ringing. Girls tumbling out through classroom doors.  Footsteps echoing along a corridor towards a distant stairwell.  Turning onto the landing at the grey end wall, and then the starkly simple choice to go upstairs or down. Adolescence… a time for dreaming. The dream world…

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THE WISTERIA’S THIEF

THE WISTERIA’S THIEF

I confess that it was me last week who stole bunches of wisteria from the pergolas that stood along lake Como’s promenade in Menaggio. Since the day we arrived we spotted it everywhere, bunches and bunches of it, some very long and skinny, other puffier and shorter….

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The Magic Turtles Two Years On

The Magic Turtles Two Years On

A few weeks ago we celebrated the end of the Magic Turtles’ first mentoring programme and announced the start of a second one. The original group was ‘graduating’ and the second was being welcomed into the family and, like in all family gatherings, food and…

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Remedies Against Cabin Fever

Remedies Against Cabin Fever

After many weeks of solitary work spent in the peaceful and productive surroundings of my studio I decided that I was becoming too cocooned, that I wasn’t mixing enough with people and most of all that I was liking my own company too much. This…

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CREATIVITY, THE BLACK CATHOLICS AND ME

CREATIVITY, THE BLACK CATHOLICS AND ME

Interview with John Sutton. John what do you do? I work mostly with three creative people Charlie O’Neill – copywriter and my co-owner in Persuasion Republic, Roddy Doyle – creative writer and Jole Bortoli – visual artist, Art to Heart’s Director and my wife. I…

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UNDERCOVER GUIDES

UNDERCOVER GUIDES

I was standing at the crossroad of the Four Fountains in Rome taking pictures before heading down the road to visit the next baroque church when a voice addressed me “Signora!”. I lowered my camera and turned around to see a middle-aged, impeccably dressed man, standing…

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