Snapshot of a Woman Eking Out Summer

Lockdown ate our summer. It's a small thing in the bigger scheme; an it-is-what-it-is kind of thing. But still. I spent July worrying that the schools might not open in September and that we'd be back to homeschooling, then by the time it was announced that schools would open, and we could finally relax and ...

The not-at-all definitive guide to holidaying in Kenmare

the Vestry, Kenmare office mum

We've holidayed in Kenmare three times since 2009, and there are two things I know for sure: 1. We haven't seen everything yet 2. We'll be back The jewel in the crown of the three trips was local knowledge (thank you Aoife, Karen, and Maggie!) - tips on where to eat and where to go from Kenmare inhabitants ...

Forward Planning for Looking Back on Lockdown

One of my earliest childhood memories is of the time my mother went to see the Pope in the Phoenix Park, and I stayed home with my dad. My dad, not a seasoned cook, heated up tinned Campbells meatballs for lunch. He split the can between us, pouring the delicious juicy gravy-covered meatballs into two bowls, ...

A Ballad for my Sixth Class Girl (I promise it’s not actually a ballad)

Four years old. Just over three feet high. In a uniform that was ludicrously long. Tiny then, even tinier in hindsight, and in the pictures I can still find on my phone. The pictures I was going to use for the “First Day Last Day” post, like the ones I saw on Facebook last June. First ...