The White Conker

'Eleanor!' cried my daughter, rushing up to an ancient oak, whose girth is a metre wide. 'It's been so long since I've seen you!' It used to be that she would spend every school day playing in one of the only remaining pockets of original oak forest in Ireland. She and her companions had genuine … Continue reading The White Conker


Sovereignty and Sacrifice

I had heard of the bog bodies but hadn't seen them until last week when my husband and I had a few hours in the National Museum in the fair city of Dublin. I love Dublin. It's my home town. I feel rooted in the manageable size of the city, the georgian doorways, the red … Continue reading Sovereignty and Sacrifice


What is it that women most desire? This has been the central puzzle of many tales and legends throughout the ages. Geoffrey Chaucer allocates the question to The Wife of Bath on her medieval pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. In her prologue, The Wife introduces herself as a woman who has been married five times. She … Continue reading Sovereignty