Songs of My Youth

I was driving my girls to school yesterday morning listening to my usual Ian Dempsey on Today FM (I can’t believe how long ago it was when I used to watch Dempsey’s Den with Zig and Zag…..).

The song “Maniac” came on the radio and I immediately felt my mood lift as I tunelessly belted out the words, much to my girl’s amusement. I was also reminded of a night of dancing at my hen party but that’s a story for another time!

I got to thinking about what, for me, would be the songs that defined the stages of my growing up. Not the Desert Island Discs list of my all time favourite songs – that is definitely one to come back to but that would take much, much thought and consideration.

So, here are the songs that defined my growing up – the “Songs of my Youth” (warning – high embarrassment degree attached to some songs but it is what it is!).

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New Year Resoloutions

Yes, it’s that time of the year again……

Now, I am of an age to know that setting myself a list of unrealistic aspirational New Year Resolutions is probably going to end in disappointment.

I mean, ideally, the following would be my resolutions. Although, I think I am as likely to stick to these as my daughter is to get the unicorn she always wishes for:

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A Hong Kong Expat – What I will Miss

As the sun goes down on 2019 and also on our years in Hong Kong, I’ve been reflecting on our time living there.

It’s been quite the adventure – both living in the wonderful melting pot that is Hong Kong and the experience of being an expat.

So, looking back over my 4 years as an expat, I have been thinking about the uniquely Hong Kong things that I will miss hearing and saying.

Here are my Top 10:

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The Tribe

“I love my kid but, today…”

The first time I met a Mum in Hong Kong that said this to me I laughed out loud and immediately I knew that we would be friends.

Straight away, I was reminded of a special group of ladies back in Dublin. We all met after the birth of our first babies and 8 years (and many more babies later), It has become a strongly knit group.

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10 Things Women in Ireland couldn’t do 100 (‘-ish) years ago

Today Ireland is a vibrant and modern country – we’ve had 2 female presidents (first Mary Robinson in 1990, succeeded by Mary McAleese in 1997)  and we are proud to have been the first country in the world to have gay marriage legalised by democratic vote of the people. However, Ireland has not always been such a liberal country, for women anyway!

It’s hard to believe that as little as 100 years ago (and much less in some cases) that, either by law or because it was deemed socially unacceptable, women could not:

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