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Tell Tales

It is one of those wild and windy mornings in Salthill. I have just about made it inside the door of a café overlooking the choppy sea. Waiting inside in the welcome warmth is Laois man Colm Muldowney. This is the Headford-based historian who is offering people the chance to document their family history in […]


The Dirty Business of Defriending

When I was a teenager I had new friends, old friends, good friends, best friends, and on-the-cusp friends. Some of those friendships are still part of my life, others faded, and some of them imploded in tears and accusations. I thought then that when I grew up this kind of schoolgirl melodrama would be a […]

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10 Minutes With Kate Walsh

Twenty-six-year-old songstress Kate Walsh on touring with the charming Mr Nutini and why she couldn’t keep up with pubbing it with Mick Flannery. Was it always music or has your life gone down another path at any stage? It’s always been music. I started learning piano aged five and never looked back – I’ve been […]


Daydream Recessionista

I’ve just won Wimbledon and I’m a famous talented musician loved the world over. Well, in my head anyway. I’m a daydreamer, and to paraphrase John Lennon, it turns out I’m not the only one. I started wondering about daydreams after I spotted a special offer for a dinner for two of €199. A few […]

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Suzie Sullivan…Fantasies, Fairies and Beads

In the townlands of Derryaun, which means ‘Little Oakwood’, nestling in the soft hills in view of Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo, you’ll find Suzie Sullivan beavering away at making glass beads, fairies and felted landscapes, all largely inspired by her surroundings. Born in Lytham St. Anne’s in Lancashire in 1953, Suzie and her husband […]