"If it wriggles, it's not a stick" -- Ranger Dave's words to us as he sent us into the rainforest for our first bush walk on Fraser Island. We had arrived by boat that morning and were met by crazy Dave, the ranger who would be leading our Cool Dingo tour. In a group of … Continue reading Australia’s most famous island
Belize is Central America's only country whose official language is English, rather than Spanish. The relatively young country's colonial history features the British, the Spanish, and even a territorial claim by Guatemala in the 1980s, however its independence was finally won in 1991. More culturally diverse than most other Central American countries, there are Latin, … Continue reading Quiet Belize
The first time I went to see THISISPOPBABY's show Riot, the headliner of 2016’s Dublin Fringe Festival, I went along to support my friend Ronan, who was part of the cast. Ronan is a professional circus artist, a career he came to via a roundabout route involving playing senior GAA for Roscommon and later being … Continue reading RIOT Dublin
“Can I get you girls a couple of Cosmos with those?”, the smiling waitress asked as Amanda and I ordered our pizzas. We looked at each other and shrugged. “Yes please!”, we replied in unison. The terrace we sat on was surrounded by a constant assault of neon, music and voices. Lights flashed, people talked … Continue reading What happens in Vegas
Flying low over the Caribbean in daylight is always a beautiful experience. Not long before landing in Havana's José Martí International Airport, I looked out the window of the Air France 777 I was travelling on to see the Bahamas stretched out in stunning blue and turquoise water below. Any delusion I was under that this … Continue reading Cuba Libre!
For all my love of exploring foreign lands, there are times when I've felt like a tourist in my own city, burrowing into its many urban landscapes and subcultures. Creeping down the stairs to Dublin’s Liquor Rooms feels like descending into a hazier golden age of glamour and luxury. High-heeled feet sink into plush, purple … Continue reading Seduced by Dublin’s sublime in Springtime
This St Patrick’s Day, my Facebook news feed was flooded with friends posting the video of Enda Kenny’s speech directed at Donald Trump. Kenny is on a State visit to the US, and took part in the traditional St Patrick's Day Taoiseach's visit to the American president in Washington. I have to admit, it was … Continue reading Enda Kenny doesn’t deserve our praise. Remember who we’re talking about.
I travel fairly frequently, and my work also sends me to London a few times a year, so I often find myself making my way through Dublin Airport in a sleepy daze at 6am. Security screening is always busy at that time of the morning, as the commuter flights fill up. You can tell the … Continue reading Dublin Airport at 6am
As Alana's eyes locked with mine I resisted the natural urge to avoid her gaze. Already an outline of light had appeared around her slight frame, and as we stared into each other's faces a nebulous mist seemed to float between us and in my peripheral vision. Her face was unchanging yet seemed to communicate … Continue reading A new love for LA