Black Lives Matter

There are many, many people who can speak much more eloquently about racial injustice than I ever could. I write this reflection from the perspective of an Irish person who cannot claim to understand every nuance of the U.S. situation, though I know well that recent events there have sparked a worldwide conversation about racial…

A Reflection for Those Who See Humour in All Things

You were always the class clown. On dull mornings, your friends knew you would be there with a laugh, a smile, or a wayward remark that would likely be met by a swift reprimand. You injected every moment with a delicious whiff of mischief, and spent many drab hours sitting outside the principal’s office for…

A Reflection for the Warrior Souls

Justice. Equity. Integrity. They are the causes that speak deeply to your heart. Your inner fire burns deep, scorching heavily encrusted layers of suppression that have held many captive to their own fears. When crisis calls, you are the ones who march before the vulnerable. You venture forth, sword and shield in hand. You plant…

A Reflection For Introverts and Gentle Ones

You, gentle ones, may be surrounded by hard-hitting truth tellers, feisty freedom fighters, and overall badasses whose courage takes your breath away. You are amazed by their strength. You are awed by their ability to stride into controversial waters: how they willingly stick their heads above the parapet and boldly proclaim their truths. You see…

Rewilding the Earth: a Coronavirus-inspired Message

We are living through an unprecedented time. In light of the ongoing uncertainty and anxiety that has been generated by the coronavirus pandemic, I felt the need to speak. The video below is all about spreading a message of hope. In certain places, the Earth is showing signs of surprisingly rapid recovery from the damage…

The World Has Gone Quiet

The world has gone quiet. For the first time in living memory, St. Patrick’s Day – Ireland’s national holiday – went by without fanfare, without a glittering parade, without throngs of people lining the streets. Last week, supermarket shelves were stripped bare … but then stories of kindness began to trickle in. I heard of…

Reflecting on the Election That Was

The Irish general election has been and gone (it was held on Saturday February the 8th) and its result has prompted words such as ‘seismic’, ‘revolutionary’ and ‘game-changing’ to be extensively bandied about in the media. The traditional centre-right duopoly that has dominated Irish politics for decades has been broken, as the left-wing, nationalist Sinn…

#NaNoWriMo Update: Exploring the Future

My #NaNoWriMo journey of 2019 is almost up, and I have nearly reached my 50,000-word target! I suspect that very few of those words will be useable in a novel format – I’ve been allowing them to spew out in a very disorganised, messy, stream-of-consciousness way – but at least they exist. 😉 I’ve come…

In a Perfect World…

I saw an interesting conversation on Facebook recently, in which people were invited to consider what they would do with their lives if they weren’t bound by social conventions or problems. Many of the women’s answers revolved around feeling safe enough to go out at night and simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity of that…

For Lyra

On the evening of Thursday April 18th, a 29-year-old journalist and writer named Lyra McKee was shot by republican dissidents during a riot that took place in Derry. A few days later, I saw people carrying rainbow flags and slogans of love through Dublin city centre, honouring her memory. Yesterday was Lesbian Visibility Day, and…