The Perfect World – psst… it doesn’t exist –


Living within the bounds of my home and garden, one would think social media is of comfort to me. It’s not. I deleted my social media platforms a number of years ago. Since then my blood boils when I hear or read about cyber bullying among young people and the horrible things faceless and nameless…

The Missing Link


Your parcel is travelling between our Northwest and West depot. Sometime after my sixth reading of an e-mail yesterday, I realised what this short sentence of words were actually saying to me. The terse statement finally showing its meaning. Up until then, I thought the words meant my parcel was on a van and out…

Finding the Pause Button


I might as well spend my time with my hands down the seams of my couch, trying to find a cache of hundreds of Euro, as attempting to find the remote control. More specifically, the pause button on this elusive remote control. The problem begins with the fact Christmas, for most, means time off work…

The snow bully and the small wren


Waking yesterday morning to a scene of snow, I discovered my windows weren’t finished with me. In the late afternoon, as I sat admiring the snow covered branches of an ash tree, a bird of prey caught my attention and then something else. A small wren scuttling around the bottom of the tree. Unfortunately, every…

Jen Brea’s Unrest to show in Galway


The Galway premiere of the award winning medical documentary film ‘Unrest’ will occur on January 16th at 5pm in NUIG. For more information follow this link. The screening will be preceded by a brief introduction and followed by a 15-minute Q&A session, where M.E patients will reflect on their experiences of being diagnosed and accessing…

When you find yourself saying No


No is a word overused within the walls of this household. However I’ve yet to discover a more appropriate word, its two short letters enough to stop something from happening. It’s a word I found myself using most recently when about to do a daily Sudoku puzzle in a newspaper. Suddenly, realising I was to…

One step on a long road of steps?


Having an illness such as ME, you become accustomed to ignorant comments. Such words are part and parcel of living with a condition that few know and understand – most of the knowledgeable people being patients, not the wider world – . However, when you sit opposite a doctor and listen to their illiterate spews,…

ME to feature at Cork Film Festival


From November 10th through to November 19th, Ireland’s oldest film festival, the Cork Film Festival, will take place. It promises to host a myriad of films and this year, the illness ME features when Jenifer Brea’s movie Unrest  airs on November 19th. Jennifer Brea was 28-years-old and about to be married when she was struck by…

Post Ophelia


Magically in this house we woke post storm unscathed and thankful. Not everyone in Ireland is as lucky as us. Three people lost their lives. Today the task of assessing the damage begins, schools remain closed and over a quarter of a million people remain without electricity. Some may be without power for a week…

The Irony of Life in Time


A few weeks ago I wrote a column for a magazine but at the last moment the piece was swapped for a fiction story of mine instead. Today I’m attempting to pace myself while moving some belongings upstairs. My brain trying to dissimulate the words hurricane and Ireland. Tomorrow ex hurricane Ophelia in her post…

Autumn Abound


As hues of yellow and brown creep their way onto my autumn canvas and the earth transitions, I find myself too transitioning, teetering between long summer hours and the brevity of winter days to come. And so the last hurrah of sorts occurs, a final nod toward what was and what’s about to be. The luxury…