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How To Stay Sane in a Pandemic

How To Stay Sane in a Pandemic

Episode One - Caroline Grace Cassidy Today I began a new weekly webcast which will be broadcast every Wednesday at 4:15pm on Twitter and YouTube. This is the link to the first episode with my first guinea pig... sorry guest, Caroline Grace Cassidy. Some...

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The Covid Diaries 7

The Covid Diaries 7

What is it about baking? What is it about baking?  It has been my ‘go to’ activity when stressed for decades.  I first realised this about 15 years ago.  We were on our way to Bray, I was driving, the kids who were small, were in the back and we were involved in a...

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Kidnap on the Blackwater

Kidnap on the Blackwater

26th June 1920 One hundred years ago, on the 26th of June 1920, one of the most extraordinary events of the War of Independence began to unfold on the banks of the beautiful River Blackwater just outside the north Cork town of Fermoy. Fermoy was a major garrison town...

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The Covid Diaries 6.

The Covid Diaries 6.

THE PAUSE Mother Earth has settled, No longer rocked by our busyness She embraces the new quiet, Inhaling forgotten fume free air. ______   Her animals are curious now Goats venture into a somnolent town, Urban foxes relax And explore our iconic buildings &...

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Covid Diaries 6 – THE ATTIC KEEPER

Covid Diaries 6 – THE ATTIC KEEPER

This is a story I used to tell my girls when they were small. I told a short version to my granddaughter via Whatsapp Video yesterday and she seemed to like it. So I am sharing it here for all of you who are doing trojan work keeping your children entertained during...

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The Covid Diaries 5

The Covid Diaries 5

I Have Nothing To Wear Featured on Sunday Miscellany on 5th April. A link will be available shortly. I have, over the years, spent many hours of my life standing in front of my wardrobe, in my dressing gown, moaning, most usually to my husband, that I have nothing to...

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The Covid Diaries 4

The Covid Diaries 4

THE ZEN ART OF GROCERY SHOPPING... Published in the Irish Independent 23rd March 2020 under the title, 'How The Drugery Of The Weekly Shopping Became A Silver Lining.' One day, fadó, fadó, my husband told me to enjoy myself, as I headed out the door to do the weekly...

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The Covid Diaries 3

The Covid Diaries 3

Dublin Daffodils Featured on Sunday Miscellany on 15th March 2020. (It wsas also already published on this blog. You can listen back here https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/share/radio1/21734384 March is the month of the Dublin daffodils.  All over the suburbs of our...

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The Covid Diaries 2

The Covid Diaries 2

LIFE, PAUSED.. Published in the Irish Independent, 17th March under the title, 'Nature's Message Is One Even Supermarkets Understand.' And just like that it all stopped.  Life on hiatus.   We have sailed into the doldrums and are becalmed.  The brakes have been...

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The Covid Diaries 1

The Covid Diaries 1

A WORLD GONE MAD... Published in the Irish Independent 7th March 2020 under the title "Virus Madness Enough To Make Us All Run Away And Hide." Back in the late 1970s, long before social media, there was a story that did the rounds about a family in England who were...

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Dublin Daffodils

Dublin Daffodils

This is the text of a my piece which was broadcast on RTE Radio One's Sunday Miscellany on 15th March last. You can also listen back here March is the month of the Dublin daffodils.  All over the suburbs of our capital city, in gardens, on grass verges, on roundabouts...

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An Unexpected Gift

An Unexpected Gift

(Broadcast on Sunday Miscellany RTE RADIO 1  January 2011) The recent December snowfall, which caused such travel chaos, also brought with it some unexpected and beautiful gifts, which was very appropriate in the run up to Christmas. The uncommon arrival of such deep...

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The Covid Diaries 4

The Covid Diaries 4

THE ZEN ART OF GROCERY SHOPPING... Published in the Irish Independent 23rd March 2020 under the title, 'How The Drugery Of The Weekly Shopping Became A Silver Lining.' One day, fadó, fadó, my husband told me to enjoy myself, as I headed out the door to do the weekly...

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The Covid Diaries 3

The Covid Diaries 3

Dublin Daffodils Featured on Sunday Miscellany on 15th March 2020. (It wsas also already published on this blog. You can listen back here https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/share/radio1/21734384 March is the month of the Dublin daffodils.  All over the suburbs of our...

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The Covid Diaries 2

The Covid Diaries 2

LIFE, PAUSED.. Published in the Irish Independent, 17th March under the title, 'Nature's Message Is One Even Supermarkets Understand.' And just like that it all stopped.  Life on hiatus.   We have sailed into the doldrums and are becalmed.  The brakes have been...

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The Covid Diaries 1

The Covid Diaries 1

A WORLD GONE MAD... Published in the Irish Independent 7th March 2020 under the title "Virus Madness Enough To Make Us All Run Away And Hide." Back in the late 1970s, long before social media, there was a story that did the rounds about a family in England who were...

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Dublin Daffodils

Dublin Daffodils

This is the text of a my piece which was broadcast on RTE Radio One's Sunday Miscellany on 15th March last. You can also listen back here March is the month of the Dublin daffodils.  All over the suburbs of our capital city, in gardens, on grass verges, on roundabouts...

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