But she wasn’t consumed by us either. I knew that she was her own person, that she had autonomy outside of her role as our mother. She would sign my birthday cards with “Mike and Marie”, a tiny rebellion, a reminder that she wasn’t just a ‘Mammy’. She had an identity that she wouldn’t relinquish.
Following announcements yesterday of gig cancellations for pop icon Madonna's tour-closing Paris shows, scheduled for tonight and tomorrow, and the postponement of grunge titans Pearl Jam's upcoming US tour, Latin rockers Santana are the latest headline act to cancel their ongoing engagements, including a March 29th gig at Dublin's 3Arena.
9 am. My three sisters and I are in a taxi, heading towards Pestana Palace Hotel where my brother is staying; he’s invited us to join him for breakfast on the terrace and spend the morning in the hotel grounds before we fly home from Lisbon this afternoon.
Just to undeceive you before you begin. This main piece is about the FA Cup semi-finals, what with the weekend that’s in it, and as a result the illustration was supposed to feature Pep and Arsene and Antonio and Mauricio, with — to give you added value after the week that was in it — a certain vociferous Clare man lurking in the background.
As well as appearing on Dragon’s Den on RTÉ One,’s business interest runs Chanelle Medical, a pharmaceutical company with 350 employees. The 40-year-old grew up in Loughrea, Co Galway, and has two children with her husband, former jockey AP McCoy.