Ditching the Booze

Ditching the Booze

For as long as I can remember, alcohol has been part of my life.  My parents have always enjoyed a drink and as children it was normal for us to go to the pub on Saturday afternoon and have coke in a glass bottle with a straw.  My first experience of being...
Teachers: Finding Calm in Challenging Times

Teachers: Finding Calm in Challenging Times

In usual times, September is my favourite time of year- the excitement, the promise, the possibility of a new school year.  But this September we will be getting to grips with a ‘new normal’ and it may feel a little different.  Children will on the whole be...
White, privileged and scared to speak up

White, privileged and scared to speak up

I live in a leafy village where almost everyone is white; my kids attend schools where the majority of the  children and almost all of the teaching staff are white.  Like you, I’ve held my breath in horror and disbelief, watching the footage of the brutal treatment of...
High Five, Mamas!

High Five, Mamas!

With the gradual easing of lockdown, return to school for some children tomorrow feels like the start of a new phase. You might be sending your children in, choosing to keep them at home, or wishing that they could go back to school.  But let’s take this moment for a...
Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Are other people doing lock down better?   They’re keeping fit and doing Joe Wicks everyday, with the kids who are obviously fully compliant.  Everyone else is having more fun with their busy calendar of online pub drinks, quizzes and barbeques with the neighbours....
Our Grandmothers

Our Grandmothers

February 29th was my Nanna’s birthday. If she were still alive she’d be approaching 104. She was born in the west of Ireland at the time of the Easter rising. She grew up in poverty and recalled the guilt she felt after sneaking in to a neighbour’s home and stealing a...