This photo was taken just over a year ago – on the 3rd December. Dublin was at a standstill thanks to heavy snows. This particular corner we watched as cars and trucks came down from the slightly higher bridge and slid straight into the bollards – generally at slow speed. Cyclists gave up, pedestrians were landing on their backsides all around us. The Guinness trucks seemed to fair better than the cars, nail biting stuff!Read More →

After 6 years in Ireland I’ve decided that the weather here just isn’t up to the advertised standard. So I’m headed off to Scotland, where I’m told that they have good, proper to-the-bones cold. When I first arrived in Ireland I knew nothing about the place except for what I’d seen on the news or in twee tourist shows. I didn’t understand most of what was being said to me (and that was in Dublin – imagine the fun of my first encounter with Cork!) Sure, there were bombs being defused every week but I got used to that, the grass was *always* green, theRead More →

A couple of the wonderful knitters in Dublin decided a little while back to hold a fundraising event in aid of the famine in the horn of Africa. Yesterday, Saturday 3rd September 2011 was the day. Held in Damer Hall next to St Stephen’s Green the event comprised tons of craft classes (€10 per class with all materials provided in everything from knitting and crochet to needle tatting, felting, embroidery, spinning and jewellery and card making), market stalls of handmade crafts, yarn, books and cakes (tea and coffee supplied by the wonderful Accents) as well as ”knit working” a.k.a. stitch n bitch. I got downRead More →

A lot has been going on behind the scenes the last month and now at last I’m able to let you all in on the secret – I’m moving house. And not just moving house, but moving country – again. After 6 years in Ireland pretty much to the day I’m going to be heading off to Scotland and to Edinburgh to live. No job lined up, I’m just going to head over there and see what happens. As a result of that I’ve handed in my notice at work, and I’ve started packing. It’s not so easy to pack for an international move. YouRead More →

It’s certainly been an eventful week for me! It started with a slight scratch in my throat last Thursday, right before I flew to Edinburgh for the weekend. I had a good rest on Friday and spent a lovely day with Christian so I figured that it probably wouldn’t be too bad, but alas by Saturday my nose was running. Grr… especially annoying since we were seeing Anton and Gavin whom we hadn’t seen in far too long. The cold, however, seemed to be reasonable and so we had a great time catching up and it was so brilliant to see the guys. I figuredRead More →

“A Uachtaráin agus a chairde” With these words, followed by the Irish President’s gasped “Wow!” and the 170 odd guest’s applause, Queen Elizabeth did more for Peace in Ireland than can ever be imagined. The speech that followed set the perfect tone and was, quite frankly, a masterpiece. The tone was of mutual admiration, understanding and desire to move forward. The focus was not on politics but on families and relationships – the things that really matter. In her own words, all involved were “able to bow to the past, but not be bound by it”. At the time I was a few blocks away,Read More →

A few useful links I’ve come across for weather related stuff in Dublin. Irish Met Office is a reasonable site. The HIRLAM model is very accurate at predicting where and when snow will fall within a 24 hr period. Click on ‘Nedbor’ Watch passenger planes depart from/arrive at Dublin airport here. Excellent radar featuring flight info. Numerous cancellations and delays at Dublin Airport. Listen in to the air traffic control tower. Snow radar here Irish Weather Online with a live chat boardRead More →