What Makes Brendan Walsh and Hilary Riordan Tick

‘What Makes You Tick’ is a new segment where I will have a chance to pick the brains of some passionate and inspirational people from all walks of life, in the hope that by getting a feel for how these people operate…

The Early Signs

Have you ever been so fully engrossed in a task or activity, that you completely lose track of time? As the hours pass by they seem like minutes, and you may even skip meals without realising it, until you have finished. All…

Waking Up Right

The 10 short minutes are up, and the familiar screeching sound fills the room once more. You’ve been expecting it. You want to press that dreaded snooze button for the fourth time, but you somehow resist the urge. It takes every ounce…

Hundreds Of Friends, No Friendships

It has been over a year since I permanently logged out of a certain social networking site, and I’m delighted to report that there is indeed life outside the bubble! I wrote the following piece about 6 months ago, and I’ve decided…

Killybegs 1983

The following story comes courtesy of my father, Seamus. After reading about my encounter with ‘The Minnesotan Extrovert’ which I described in my last entry, he was reminded of a similar experience he had while standing on a pier in County Donegal,…

Laughing At Your Own Expense

I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s nothing quite like having a good laugh. Laughter is infectious, it makes us feel better, happier, more optimistic and leaves us feeling refreshed. Being able to laugh at oneself is a particularly admirable trait, and…

The Student Becomes The Teacher

As is often the case, the true value of an experience cannot be fully appreciated until long after the experience occurs, in moments of reflection. On that note, I would like to wind the clocks back to the morning of…

Fáilte!

Dia dhuit, agus fáilte go dtí mo bhlag! Hello, and welcome to my blog! A little bit about myself. I’m a native of ‘Lovely Laois’, a wonderfully modest county tucked away nicely in the midlands of Ireland. What’s Laois best known for I…