Category Archives: Childhood

Bed-making, Breeding and Cats

One of the firmest (you will get the pun later!) cultural differences that I have noticed between Ireland and Spain is the importance of bed-making. Now, I’m no slob, was brought up well and will never leave undone a bed … Continue reading

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Brilliant Trees

At some point in my early teens, a copy of my home town’s strategic plan (breezily and optimistically titled something along the lines of “Ennis: A Vision for a Town Striding into the New Millennium”) fell into my hands. Reading … Continue reading

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Parenting and Parasitology

One of the furthest things from your mind when that second little line appears on the pregnancy test kit is that as a new parent your on-the-job-learning Applied Parental Parasitology course is set to begin the minute the baby takes … Continue reading

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Short Story: Townies, Part II of III

In spite of being one of the town’s most prominent businessmen and coming from one of its oldest and most respected families — members of the boys’ entire extended family were widely and admiringly referred to as “old townies” by … Continue reading

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Child of Grace, Made of Butter

This week a gun was put to my head (figuratively, thanks be to God) and I was press-ganged into giving a little talk to my five-year-old daughter’s class on the subject of Ireland. As I handed around bodhráns, musical spoons, … Continue reading

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