Personal Reflections

Today, crossing the Irish Sea is easier than it has ever been - something routine and mundane. But when we pause to reflect on these crossings, we see the ways that they have shaped and changed the lives of so many of us on 'these islands'.

Motion Sickness

Recently my sister Karen and I discussed our memories of visits to Ireland as children - we would go most years to visit Mum’s side of the family in West Cork. Before budget airlines shortened and cheapened the trips, Dad would drive the car from…

Travelling Home with a Border Terrier

Much has been written on the sense of displacement that stems from the diasporic experience. Growing up in Britain with a firm sense of Irishness, identity has always resided in something of a halfway-house. In Britain, you’re part of ‘that Irish…

A Rivalry of Musical Traditions

What do you get when you put together the Welsh reputation for musicality and the Irish tradition of a céilí band? The natural desire to compete. At least that’s what it stirred for me, a young musician performing in Wales as part of an annual…