How I deal with the haters and abusers

I wrote this for the Irish Independent online recently, but it deserves a place on the blog: We were in Maspalomas on holiday relaxing after a meal and our children had just left us to play when the shouting started. This guy was practically screaming at me across the restaurant and at first I couldn’t quite make out what he was saying. Then the words … Continue reading How I deal with the haters and abusers

Death comes calling when you least expect it

That was a hell of a week. Firstly, Trish is finally home after six days in hospital. Thankfully it was just a double ear infection affecting her balance and nothing more sinister. It’s good to have her home again and I’m sure she’ll be moaning about me in a few days. Fortunately her sister Margaret stayed with me during the week, sharing visiting duties, providing … Continue reading Death comes calling when you least expect it

The irrepressible Denise Lehane

I met Denise Lehane for the first time yesterday. Two months after we first connected on Liveline we finally found the time to meet face-to-face. I was intrigued about Denise from the first time I heard her voice on radio – a girl badly burned as a child who sounded vivacious, very intelligent, confident, happy and so full of life. I admired her optimism but … Continue reading The irrepressible Denise Lehane