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…

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…