An Irish Industrial School Childhood

Boy 11963 is a unique account of overcoming almost insurmountable obstacles to find out who you truly are. I just saw this book in a SuperValu in Clontarf. It has made my day to discover an Irish Industrial child tell their full story and come out from underneath the shame, secrecy and heartlessness of the Irish Church and State of the 1930’s and 1940’s. The … Continue reading An Irish Industrial School Childhood

Daffodils delight in Dublin Castle

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:25-26 I like that I can walk, cycle or take the Luas into Dublin city center from my neighborhood. I like having LOTS of choices. It’s a product of growing up in a socially deprived area … Continue reading Daffodils delight in Dublin Castle

Confidence, Humility and Corporate Culture

Listen in and learn how the only female CEO at a top ten US cable operating company, is widely respected for her passionate focus on customer experience and company culture. Learn how she motivates young professionals to lead passionately with purpose. Colleen maintains that everyone has gifts and passions, and when directed meaningfully, these strengths will help guide leaders to success. She encourages leaders to … Continue reading Confidence, Humility and Corporate Culture

Overcoming spiritual terrorism in Ireland

“I don’t think I have any pleasure in any part of my body, because my first and initial body thoughts were blackened by the fear of sin: and therefore I think of my body as a sort of vehicle for sin.” Edna O’Brien. The carefully crafted official report into The Mother and Baby Homes report was published in January 2021. The controversial contents sent shock … Continue reading Overcoming spiritual terrorism in Ireland

Slowing down to appreciate the beauty and spirit of Mayo

I took these pictures during the heatwave of my first summer back in Ireland, two years ago. Silver Strand beach in County Mayo. For centuries County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland was a victim of its isolation and it’s climate. Its population was devastated by famine and endemic emigration. It’s people have hewn, out of a difficult history, a resilience and a resourcefulness … Continue reading Slowing down to appreciate the beauty and spirit of Mayo

Blue sky and baltic at Seapoint

“The rivers reputation ends where the sea begins.” Russian proverb. The average water temperature in Seapoint in winter reaches 48.2 F which is 9 Celsius. We swam in 6. 2 Celsius yesterday. Brrrrr. We are into the coldest water temps of the year now in Ireland. The warmest average water temperature Baltic Sea in January is 39°F/3.9°C (in Gdansk), and the coldest sea surface temperature … Continue reading Blue sky and baltic at Seapoint