Vicky Phelan never set out to be a national campaigner. When she was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in July 2014, her only concerns were for her two young children, Amelia and Darragh, and her recovery.
The introduction to Robin Gill’s book Larder enraged me and brought me close to tears. Robin’s graphic description of his long and tortuous journey through many kitchens both in Ireland and the UK to become a chef makes harrowing reading and speaks volumes about the reason why there is now a proper chef crisis in so many restaurants.
There is no easy way of explaining dementia to a child, but there is a very useful aid in the shape of a new book designed to address the fear children can feel when that special connection with Granny or Grandad is under threat.
Shay Given is Ireland’s all-time longest serving player, having played from 1996 to 2016, as he amassed 134 caps. His last competitive game saw him carried off injured in the famous 1-0 win over Germany. Now 41, he’s a free agent.
IF, AS Farley and Roberts suggest — based on research by an American academic — that being a published poet is more dangerous than being a deep sea diver, then the premise of this book is self evident: Not alone should poets be uninsurable, but their company should be avoided at all costs.
German airmen who crashed in Ireland during the Second World War and survived were interned here, becoming objects of great curiosity among local people who encountered them, as Ryle Dwyer discovers.