Of Snakes and Saints

St. Patrick’s Day has become a worldwide celebration of Irishness, in its many forms. Every time it comes around, I find myself reflecting on the significance of a legend commonly associated with Saint Patrick: how he is said to have driven the snakes out of Ireland. This story is a metaphor for the abandonment of…

People Who Prove We’re Not Going to Hell in a Handcart

Animal rights and environmental advocacy are two of my major passions in life, but – as anyone who strives to raise awareness of these issues will know – talking about them can be demoralising. Whenever I speak or write about these issues, I strive to remain optimistic, spread the word about positive developments, and share…

TERF Wars

This is my most recent article for GCN. ‘TERF Wars’ was prompted by the disruption of this summer’s London Pride parade by a group called Get The L Out. In this article, I analysed a few reasons why trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) seem to be less prominent here in Ireland than they are in Britain….

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, 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…

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…

We’re Here, We’re Queer and We’re Voting Yes

It has been a while since I posted anything on this blog. Over the past couple of weeks, I have kept telling myself I should write a post … but my ability to generate interesting content has been decimated by anxiety. On Friday the 25th of May – after thirty-five years of exiling those who…

The Esther Effect: What One Pig and Her Friends Mean to Me

One of my major idols in life is a 650-pound pig named Esther. She lives in Canada and we have never met, but she is a heroine of mine nonetheless. This sassy, hilarious, heartwarming girl first came into the lives of her “daddies” – Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter – as a supposed “mini-pig” in…

Year of Duality: Numerology, The YouTube Shooting and #Repealthe8th

I’m in a reflective mood as I write this. It has been just over a week since the verdict of the infamous Ulster rape trial was announced. The outcome left me heartbroken in many ways, but I have since been heartened by the uprising of protests across Ireland against sexism and injustice. One friend of…

Veganism: My Past, Present and Future Journey With It

I was about five or six years old, and sitting on the floor of my great-grandmother’s kitchen, when I first heard the word “vegetarian”. The story of my great-grandmother’s house is a wonderful one in itself. Prior to her death in 1998, my parents, brother and I lived right next to her. Our back gardens…