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Running in Amsterdam

  One of the highlights of my year is definitely running the Amsterdam marathon in October. It had been 7 years since I had run that distance and I was apprehensive about doing it all again. For one reason or another there had not been many half marathons in Ireland that I had been able [...]

Virginian Jailbreak

Sunday May 1st at 10am saw myself, 3 of my siblings and other pals running through a forest in Virginia, Co. Cavan. Why? I hear you ask. Well, it was the first Jailbreak 10km trail run. We were going to be up and about early anyway as our Dad’s anniversary mass was taking place at 8am so [...]

Keep on Running

Last December’s Clonakilty half marathon was  good fun. Despite the morning being freezing, the atmosphere at the startline  was brilliant with music playing, runners looking forward to the off and plenty of supporters about. The run itself was enjoyable with a few hills to keep me on my toes and plenty of scenic views to [...]

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 [...]

Family guy clip that made me smile

Multiply this by 5, with a “Moma” which is what Fionn refers to me when he wants my attention and this could be our house somedays

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 [...]

Decisions, decisions.

photo credit: emdot An email from Dermot Nolan MW the other day prompted me to have another look at the WSET Diploma course to see whether or not I wanted to apply to do it. I really enjoyed completing the WSET advanced course and my wine knowledge increased immensely. But the diploma course is a [...]

Drowning doesn’t look like drowning

Via Magicmum. photo credit: Tomorrow Never Knows I came across this blogpost. A must read for all parents and anyone who loves the beach, lake or pool. A few points that really struck home with me: Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. Drowning people cannot wave for [...]

He’s leaving on a jet plane

This Saturday my eldest son, aged 11, is heading for a week’s vacation on his ownio. Well ok, not totally alone. He’s holidaying with his auntie, cousins and grandparents, without me, his dad or siblings. Its the longest stretch that we’ve ever been apart. I know he’s going to have a wonderful holiday, be totally [...]

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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