Heatwave Hysteria and Post-Pride Reflections

Anybody who knows anything about Irish people will know this: we love to complain about the weather. Sounding off about it is a time-honoured national pastime. Every type of weather we get is fair game for our moaning marathons. Our usual climatic conditions (dull grey skies, moderate temperatures, and regular bouts of rain) provide us…

Fran’s Story: An Interview With Fran Bennett

I was delighted to interview the renowned spiritual teacher Fran Bennett about her faith, her journey towards living authentically as a transgender woman, and her thoughts on the place of the LGBT+ community within spiritual circles. Our interview is featured in the latest issue of GCN, Ireland’s national LGBT+ magazine. This issue has been released…

Solstice: the Radiance of Full Daylight

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono Having waxed lyrical about my attitude to seasonal changes a number of times on this blog, it would be remiss of me not to…

Animal Healing: What They Taught Me

This morning I was going through some old Google Drive documents when I came across a file containing a few notes about a short course I had taken in animal healing a few years ago, together with images of some of the animals I met that day. I have briefly discussed my interest in energy…

Creative Writing – ‘2070’ (Full Story)

This is the full version of 2070, which I previously published on my blog in two instalments (part one is here and part two is here). I’m posting it here in its entirety for people who would prefer to read it all in one instalment. This story is based on a dream I had last week,…

Creative Writing – ‘2070’ (Part Two)

This is a continuation of my most recent short story, 2070 (part one can be read here). In the previous instalment, Michael had walked to a purpose-built escape unit with his family to escape an imminent volcanic eruption on their island. He and his beloved elderly dog, Murphy, are now in an escape pod, hurtling…

Creative Writing – ‘2070’ (Part One)

This story is based on a dream I had a few mornings ago, shortly before waking up. It was one of those rare lucid dreams that I remember very clearly long after it has ended. I could envisage every detail so clearly: the evacuation of the Islanders from their homes; the oncoming storm conditions; the…

When Animals Have to Say Goodbye

A while ago, I wrote about the much-loved Internet celebrity Esther the Wonder Pig and a few of her friends. Among them was a gorgeous pit bull-type dog named Shelby. She was the unofficial “mother” figure of Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary (HEEFS), who eagerly welcomed all new arrivals with unconditional acceptance and love. On…

Reclaiming Peace After Repeal: An Ode to Nature

This week, I am learning how to be peaceful again. I’m trying to remember how it feels not to go about my daily life being hit by random waves of anxiety (some small, others that absolutely took my breath away) wondering whether Ireland would vote in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment and granting bodily…

66.4%.

66.4%. Last Friday, May the 25th, Ireland voted Yes to repeal the Eighth Amendment of our Constitution. This Amendment equated the life of a foetus to that of the person carrying it, thereby banning abortions in almost all circumstances and placing great barriers in the way of high-quality obstetric care during pregnancy and childbirth. It…