Migraine is a relatively common affliction, one that affects more than 10% of people worldwide according to WHO, although studies in Europe show that it affects 6–15% of adult men and from 14–35% of adult women over the course of a year. Diagnosis is patchy for many as well, so it is difficult to say just how widespread it really is. What I do know for sure is that I suffer from them, so when I read Kirstie’s post over on the Beaut.ie blog this morning I thought I would share my own experiences with dealing with these monsters. I’ve had migraines since I wasRead More →

When Tegan came over to Ireland on an extended visit back in 2007, we just had to go and seek out the town I’d found out about called Kiltegan – who could possibly resist? Here we are, with me doing as the sign says. The town itself, which in Irish is known as Cill Teagáin which means Church of St. Teagáin, is in County Wicklow, close to the Cavan border.    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 →

I only met Dr Francis Dolan a couple of times so I didn’t really know him well. But that doesn’t stop me from being shocked and saddened by his sudden death, at the age of only 34, just over a week ago. C knew him better, and other friends of ours as well and were understandably upset so when the funeral arrangements became known I started to work out how we would be able to go. The funeral was held on Saturday, in a town in Donegal called Killygordon, where Francis’ family live in a parish said to have been founded by St Patrick himself.Read 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 →