Archive for June 2006


June 28, 2006

Brian Meehan

Yesterday, Brian Meehan began his appeal against his conviction for the murder of Veronica Guerin.

I dont watch many films, but this one was brilliant.


June 28, 2006


My passion is gardening. Given half the chance, I would be outdoors doing something whatever the weather.

 But the weather has been so unpredictable here, that much of my work has come to a standstill. I have had some work done in the back garden recently, that being extra paving to accommodate a large table and chairs, a raised bed for the children to grow vegetables, a pergola at the patio to grow my Russian Vine (mile-a-minute) and climbing roses and lastly, a decked area which is more of a platform really to even up the sloping, waterlogged back lawn!    

 Each year, myself and the girls plant seeds. They really enjoy the whole process of opening the seed packets, filling the little pots with compost, making a hole with a pencil, dropping in the seed, checking the seed went in, a few times(!) covering the seed, watering, then looking every few minutes for the rest of the day and asking……”Where are the flowers Mummy?”


June 27, 2006



Could do better!


I’m not sure why I don’t like this Frenchman. He’s not the best goalkeeper I’ve seen. Just as well all the action was at the other end of the pitch tonight.

 (Looking forward to watching England playing on Saturday!)


June 27, 2006


‘Arfar’ (‘arfar horse)

We have only had Arfer since Christmas, but already he has done very well. He ran at The Curragh in May in the 1000 Guinneas and won by half a length………..


June 27, 2006

Jason and the Argonauts!!!


June 26, 2006

Father Joe Mallin


 I am, by marriage, related to Michael Mallin. He, of the Easter Rising fame.

 He was my husbands great-grand-uncle. Michael Mallins son, Father Joe Mallin visited the family home recently. He was home from Hong Kong where he has preached for the past 50 years. Father Mallin visits Dublin whenever there is a commemoration of the Rising.


June 25, 2006

Take That yesterday!

This is a GREAT photo! I was at the Take That concert at The Point in Dublin. I took photos with my cameraphone (my little boy had put my digital camera down the loo!) but they weren’t great. This captures the lads perfectly.


June 25, 2006


Everyone who attended the recent Robbie Williams concert at Croke Park here in Ireland, were told to hold onto their ticket stubs for a free concert before the end of the year. Part of the gig didn’t go according to plan (not that the crowd noticed)

 I must say, Robbie is a true showman. I know you would have heard him being described as that many times before, but it really is the most fitting description. This concert was the fourth one of his I have attended. I was at two in Manchester, one in the Phoenix Park here in Ireland and obviously the one above.

 My husband had bought me 4 tickets in the Gold Circle online the day before they officicially went on sale. (He joined me up to the Official RW fan club)

 Well my dilemma was who to invite to this occasion! First was obvious…..MPV! She made every attempt possible to come over but with one thing an another, never made it. Short of swimming, she tried everything! The other tickets would go to my friends J & S who were so excited at the prospect of a night out with me! (or maybe a night away from their kids)

 Anyway, at the eleventh hour, MPV couldn’t get here, so I told one of my friends, her cousin could take her place. She was delighted as she is also a big fan of Mr. Williams.

 So the day arrived and at 5.30pm June 9th, we travelled to Dublin in a white stretch limo (well I do like to travel in style) sipping white wine and Champagne. It was great fun! The journey from Kildare to Dublin took about 40 minutes but when we arrived to the outskirts of Dublin (unable to get anywhere near the venue) we had a half hour walk to Croke Park!

   We had hoped to be there in time for the support group, The Beautiful South, but that was not to be. The crowds walking around us was enormous, so speed-walking wasn’t an option . Although we could hear them but thats just not the same.

 We ‘legged it’ to the front only to find we had to go back out again and return a different way to get to the area where we should be.Urrrggghhh!

So we went all the way back, found the right entrance, and just as we arrived, on came Robbie…or did he?

 Well! I was looking around everywhere wondering why the crowd of 78 thousand fans were going crazy just yet! I couldnt see him! The girls could see him and were going loopy! Then, I spotted him and went to pieces (as did many others around me)

 The show was amazing. He has so much energy. The dancers were excellent, too.

I would recommend anyone to go and see him. Tickets aren’t cheap, but worth every penny (cent)

The Presidents only fan!

June 25, 2006

A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates,  he saw a huge wall of clocks.

He asked,

“What are all those clocks?”

St. Peter answered, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth get’s a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie, the hands on your clock will move.”

“I see,” said the man,

“So whose clock is that?”

“That’s George Washington’s. The hands have never moved, indicating that he never told a lie.”

“Incredible,” said the man. “And whose clock is that one?”

St. Peter responded, “That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life.”

“Where’s President Bush’s clock?” asked the man.

“Bush’s clock is in Jesus’ office. He’s using it as a fan.”



June 24, 2006

Its so easy to take everything for granted. I've lived in some beautiful places and haven't appreciated where I have lived until I've left! The Scottish Highlands, the Yorkshire Dales,the Ribble Valley and more recently Dublin. We were in a place called Castleknock which is very close to the Phoenix Park where the Pope dropped by in the 80's.

 Well, we have since moved to Co.Kildare which is famous for its breathtaking countryside and population of Racecourses and Stud Farms.  As a child of 7 or 8, I wanted a pony (didn't we all!) Now, I don't think we will ever own  ponies, but at least we are able to do the next best thing here. I was determined to make full use of the nearby horse-riding stables. So I booked the girls in for lessons which they enjoyed immensley, then the Summer Pony camp which was great. They has a little award ceremony at the end where all the children were given rosettes. I can still see their beaming smiles!

 They will do the same this Summer and are looking forward to it. I dont want the girls to look back in years to come and say "If only…..we had learned to ride a horse when we lived in Kildare.

 I look back and think I could have hiked in the Highlands, rambled in the Dales, paraglided in the Pennines, rock-climbed in the Ribble Valley, picknicked in the Park………….