Orla Ni Sheaghdha

A few reflections on childhood

When I was a young girl, I always had a fascination with stories. As an adult now in my mid-twenties, that fascination has only increased with a tendency towards nostalgia. I’ve always enjoyed hearing about my parents’ childhood experiences and even those of my older siblings which I would have been too young to remember, […]

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First Date

I sat on a bench in the park reflecting on the day. I thought back to the first hour of that hazy morning when I was roused by the beep of my alarm. To the lunchtime text confirming our afternoon rendezvous. I remembered the nervous butterflies which guided me on the walk from my house. […]

Being A Star

Someone once said that music is the food of love and that dance is the essence of romance. I can’t recall who first spoke those sage words of wisdom but I do remember that it was my beautiful wife Emer who first said them to me. Indeed, the floated into my mind as I watched […]

Sport: A Valuable Asset In Our Lives

Sport. Something which many people don’t place a lot of importance on, but in reality is one of the most valuable things in life. Whether you are merely a spectator or full on athlete there are several reasons why sport should be valued. As well as bringing people together in a social context from all […]

Time

Banging doors, raised voices Shouting wildly, echoing through  corridors, “It’s time! It’s time!” Racing hearts, running footsteps, Dancing to a chorus singing, “It’s time! It’s time!” Pounding heads, blood-filled ears, Listening to the desperate cries, “It’s time! It’s time!” Burning flames, rushing water Bursting through a dam, “It’s time! It’s time!” Fires blazing, floods rising […]

Questions

                                                 Questions                                                                    What are questions?                                                  How did they come to be?   Did they appear out of thin air?   Were they born,like you and me?                Why do we have answers,   To questions that we ask?    Do we treat it as a feat,    Or some difficult task?       What do questions mean? […]

How far are we willing to go in love?

In 1979 Freddie Mercury sang about a “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. The lyrics of the song suggest that when it comes to matters of the heart, reason very rarely comes into play. In fact, more often than not, common sense goes out the window completely and people act out of character. Every romantic-comedy churned […]

Love Film, Love Food

Would you eat spaghetti bolognese while watching Saw? Watching a movie without the right meal to complement it can be disastrous for your digestion. However, when done right, food and film can be perfect partners. Here are a few suggestions to whet your appetite. Breakfast At Tiffany’s is one of the most iconic films of the 1960’s […]

FIT: The dance film that steps on homophobia

What would you get if you combined hit E4 shows Skins and Glee? The result would probably be very similar to FIT, a feature film produced by the charity Stonewall.  The film revolves around the lives of a group of six young people in London. They are all part of a sixth form college and […]

An Apology

I’m sorry I left the way I did last night. It was immature and insensitive. I should have been aware of your needs, Instead of thinking of my own selfish thoughts.   I’m sorry I broke your expensive DVD player. I should have controlled my animal instincts. Instead of acting like a mature adult I […]