In 2019 I became aware that far right agitators had created a film that included footage of me. They claimed that I was a paid government mole to facilitate the opening of Direct Provision centres. People in other communities considered it very useful when they found themselves in the midst of the minefield of aContinue reading “My Book is out!”
Category Archives: Lisdoonvarna
Left, Right, What’s it all about?
The political terminology of “right” and “left” were first used during the French Revolution in the 18th century as the politicians were sitting in the Parliament.
I got to know the “far right” during the spring of 2018 when the Direct Provision centre was proposed for Lisdoonvarna but I never knew the context. I got to know their tactics, their lies, the way they use peoples fear and confusion to further their own agenda.
It’s September 2022 and the world has been transforming dramatically. In the two and a half years of covid19 there have been over 6 million deaths globally. Almost 7 months ago Russia invaded Ukraine. Lisdoonvarna welcomed more than 100 asylum seekers in 2018 and similarly welcomed Ukrainians in 2022. Both instances coincided with St PatricksContinue reading “Transformation”
One significant global action taken during the Covid19 response has been the grounding of airplanes. As well as causing major problems for people stranded abroad, it has messed up lots of our holiday plans. The Irish tourism industry has put a call out for Irish people to holiday in Ireland and help make up theContinue reading “Imagine Holidays”
Communicating Climate Change in North Clare
I don’t think anyone could have planned the last few days in Lisdoonvarna in their wildest dreams! It was a climate activists gift. I LOVED it! Last year the local secondary school, Mary Immaculate, applied to the Young Environmentalist competition with an idea about communicating climate change to North Clare. While the students and theirContinue reading “Communicating Climate Change in North Clare”
Change IS possible
During my first 2 pregnancies I had lots of seizures. I spent most of ’92 to ’94 on the couch for safety and a lot of time in the Coombe hospital often via ambulance. It was around this time I watched lots of television which enlightened me about the state of our planet. I becameContinue reading “Change IS possible”
Burning Bright or Burning Out?
I’m sharing this insight because the dark side of community development does need to be acknowledged. Others who experience this pain will know they are not alone in it. It happens. We get over it. We move on.
Lisdoonvarna Direct Provision week 2
This is a follow up to last weeks post on the proposed direct provision centre in Lisdoonvarna. You can read that here. Last week we held a vote on the direct provision centre contract. We spent time on the wording because it wasn’t the asylum seekers we were voting on. Since then we’ve had aContinue reading “Lisdoonvarna Direct Provision week 2”
Lisdoonvarna and the Direct Provision Contract
I headed to the green schools expo last Wednesday soon after news of the proposed Direct Provision centre for Lisdoonvarna broke. I missed the first community meeting and given my recent burnout was happy to be away from it all to be honest. I got the feeling things were not going well at home soContinue reading “Lisdoonvarna and the Direct Provision Contract”
Bringing Activism to the Green Schools Expo
It was great fun demonstrating to young people attending the Green Schools expo that activism can be creative, fun and have an impact. I went along with An Taisce Climate Committee who hosted a stand to help attendees calculate their carbon footprint. Then they considered ideas to reduce it. The next step we wanted wasContinue reading “Bringing Activism to the Green Schools Expo”