My mother’s birthday is in March, the same month that the Irish celebrate Mother’s Day. In recent years, this has involved a flight – or more recently, a bus or train journey – to Dublin to spend those days together. It may involve a dinner at Clontarf Castle, a scenic drive along the coast road to Howth, or a meal in Malahide.Continue reading “Le Nouveau Normal”
Update: As of Monday, April 20, the paperback edition of Forgiving Jake is now available to order from Amazon via its American, British, Canadian, and Australian markets.
We are all trying to maintain a version of normality while we stay at home to slow down the spread of COVID-19, a pandemic which has made the world look and feel like some near-future science fiction novel. However, one of the easiest ways to relax and forget the world is to read, and I’m currently splitting my time between a few books for whenever I get a free moment between the day job and home renovations.Continue reading “Announcing Release of ‘Forgiving Jake’”
Irish version below / Leagan Gaeilge thíos
How bizarre for us all this silence seems to be instead of the rush of cars, calls, or crowds from place to place without a single destination in mind As if someone, somewhere raised an alarm – the Earth herself pleading for a moment's rest, to catch one's breath and let the skies clear. And what harm? If we, silent, are safe we have this chance to see speed is not the saviour, but humanity.
Is aisteach dúinn an ciúnas seo In ionad na tráchta, na cainte, na sluaite ag dul timpeall na háite gan sprioc ach chun luas a choimeád. Ar nós gur ardaíodh aláram – an Domhan é féin ag impí orainn sos a ghlacadh chun anáil a tharraingt fad is a ghlantar an spéir. Agus cén dochar? Más slán sinn, tá deis againn a fheiceáil nach é luas an laoch ach an daonnacht.
Cork / Corcaigh
31 March/Márta 2020
The restrictions are now in place. Whether or not our Taoiseach wants to label it so, this is now a lockdown, for the next fortnight at least. So, I decide to do the only thing that comes naturally to me in difficult times: Write.Continue reading “Adapting”
To call these “challenging times” as we have seen so often lately, from newspaper columns and company annoucements to emails between colleagues, somehow lessens the stark reality of what is really going on. Sometimes, that’s intentional; an effort to put aside the one news story dominating the world, and try to return to a brief moment of reality. Sometimes, it’s acknowledging the crisis while trying to remain calm, or even optimistic. Sometimes, it’s because we don’t really know what else to say.Continue reading “A Call to Action for All”