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…

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…

Finding the Courage to Be a ‘Weirdo’

Last night I found myself musing about the conflict between rationality and intuition, and what defines “normality”. These thoughts were prompted by something I wrote on the cryptocurrency-powered social sharing website, Steemit. I’m not a very technically-oriented person – I still don’t completely understand the ins and outs of cryptocurrency – but I have enjoyed…

Shattering Seas: The Creative Spirit of Tori Amos

Every now and then, a musician comes along whose creations cut to the very core of my soul: a musician who makes me dream, wonder, think and feel. Tori Amos is definitely on that list. Anyone who is familiar with Amos knows that her back catalogue includes a vast amount of high-quality material – her…

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…

Equinox: Turning to the Light

I took the above picture in the National Botanic Gardens last week – which is, incidentally, one of my favourite places to go when I’m in any way stressed or worried. It is a place where I can be still and just breathe. This single daffodil, positioned as it was amidst an entire bed of…