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Wexworlds, Wexford town’s Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction festival is coming back. From Friday November 26th till Sunday November 28th, a host of events for both children and adults is taking place in many venues around the town. Guests include Eoin Colfer, Herbie Brennan, Andrew Donkin, Kate Thompson and Oisin McGann. There is a wide and [...]

If you go down to the woods today

It looks like the Irish Natural Forestry Foundation (INFF) have lined up 2 fun family Hallowe’en activity days at INFF, Manch, which is located just outside Ballineen, Co. Cork. Running on both Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of October from 10am to 5pm. photo credit: shawncampbell Hallowe’en events are as follows: Pumpkin Olympics Come and [...]

A balloon to remember

I can’t even begin to fathom the pain and loss that the death of your child must entail. It is something that no parent ever wants to experience, but unfortunately many do.  Anam Cara is a group of bereaved parents who support other bereaved parents after the loss of a child. They have just launched [...]

Galway bay half marathon

After the hills of Dingle, we decided our next run would be somewhere flat. A google search later, we settled on Galway bay’s “fast, flat, fun and very scenic” half marathon on October 2nd. I was looking forward to this run as I thought I’d find it much easier than Dingle. However, despite completing it [...]

Time to Terminate Tetanus

Pampers and UNICEF have just launched this year’s “1 Pack =  1 Life-Saving Vaccine”  campaign. Its ultimate goal is the worldwide elimination of maternal and newborn tetanus. During this October, November and December, for every pack of Pampers nappies with the “1 Pack = 1 Life-Saving Vaccine” logo, Pampers will fund UNICEF with 1 tetanus [...]

Free honours maths leaving cert grinds

With the school year underway, Engineers Ireland has announced it is to offer maths grinds to higher-level Leaving Certificate Maths students from Saturday 25th of September until the Easter holidays. These grinds shall be free of charge and shall take place each Saturday from 11am till 2pm in the Engineer Ireland offices in Ballsbridge, Dublin. [...]

Running up that hill

Saturday the 4th of September saw myself, my husband and a group of my siblings and pals take part in the Dingle half marathon. It was an early start on a Saturday morning. Luckily the holiday home we had rented for the weekend was a stone’s throw away from the start line. We ambled down [...]

But how can they teach me to run faster? *

The beginning of the school summer holidays saw my middle three children eager to do something energetic. Some of their pals were doing the Bandon Athletic Club Summer Camp so that’s the activity they selected. It was held in the Bandon Grammar school grounds which was great as in addition to outdoor running track and [...]

Quality not quantity

A couple or so weeks ago, I was delighted to be invited by Kate in Fleishman-Hillard to visit the Pampers Innovation Centre in Schwalbach, Germany. The visit piqued the interest of both the mammy and engineer in me. I love seeing innovation and how things are made. As a mammy to 5 darlings I’ve definitely [...]

Time for Twebt the Fifth

It’s that time again. The next wine blind tasting via Twitter is scheduled to take place on Sunday the 27th of June at 9pm. photo credit: theilr Hosted by Kevin and Brian, wine supplied by Red Nose Wine, details can be found here. So if you fancy a spot of wine observing, sniffing, tasting and [...]

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