Dear Ireland, It’s been eight months since I tearfully closed that graffitied black door on New Cabra Road, behind which a little piece of my heart was left amongst the piles of books, newspaper clippings and dust, lots of dust. Having plastered over the gaping hole in our ceiling following a disastrous game of … More A Love Letter to Ireland
I have lived in Dublin as an English expat for over four years now. As I prepare to move on, the time seems right to impart some of my learned wisdom on life as an expat. Apart from a firm handshake and a strong backbone, you need patience, because there is no pop-up life or instant contentment — that takes … More Expat Life: Dublin
Tourists travelling to Dublin to indulge in Irish food and booze may be surprised to see that we’re going mad for burritos. It’s no coincidence that this Mexican craze has coincided with the recession. Burritos provide cheap, fast rocket fuel for the masses. At around seven yo-yos a pop we can enjoy a trip into the city for dinner with pals, without breaking the … More Eating out on a Budget in Dublin: Burritos, or Burritos?
It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there but Dublin’s hungry carnivores can sample the reassuring juices of a perfectly cooked steak in the sanctuary of Darwins — Dublin city centre’s classy haven for meat-lovers. Walking into Darwins, on Aungier Street, is like gliding back into the era of evolutionary discovery. With its refined cream interior and low … More Dining in Dublin @ Darwins
Most Irish women are a feisty mix of mammy and sass – they’re known the world over for their sharp wit and fierce slaggings. Despite being able to talk the rear legs off a donkey, they are still perceived with wonder and mystery by their male counterparts. You’d think the lads would have copped on … More 10 Things Every Man Should Know About Irish Women *
Tonight the Irish Government will vote on what many have dubbed the abortion bill – or officially the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 – which intends to provide legislation for the provision of medical abortions when the mother’s life is at risk due to medical emergencies or due to suicidal thoughts. It has … More Ireland’s ‘Abortion’ Bill 2013 – The Dark Ages Prevail