Immrama 2011: Lismore Festival of Travel Writing

I spent the last two days immersed in the Immrama  Lismore Festival of  Travel Writing.  In Section Five of  Feature Writing, I reflect back on a weekend which has changed my perceptions forever.

Waterfords of the World: The Journey Begins

The idea of building connections between all the Waterfords of the World has been on my mind for a number of months now. However, the idea truly came alive last Sunday when I had the opportunity of meeting with The First Selectman of Waterford, Connecticut, Mr. Daniel Steward to discuss it.   In Section 5 of Social Bridges,  I describe this meeting which took place as I had the honour of driving him through Waterford City and out along the Copper Coast to lovely Stradbally.

Questioning Identity: Personal Connections with Alzheimer’s Disease

I presented a paper on the topic: ‘Questioning Identity: Personal Connections with Alzheimer’s Disease,’ at the  Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland held at University College, Cork (May 6th-8th, 2011). The abstract of this paper is in Section 12 of ‘Losing Elderly Parents.’

The Other Side of Sadness

George Bonanno’s book, The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss,  is thought-provoking and challenges many conventional views about bereavement.  I have written about the aspects of this book which I found particularly interesting in Section 11 of Losing Elderly Parents.

Shining Light on Waterford’s History: Jack Burtchaell

Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city and has a long and rich history.  Jack Burtchaell, historical geographer, has been giving guided tours of Waterford for the last 21 years and is a key figure in passing on the history of the City. In Section Three of Social Bridges,  I write about  the wonderful insights which I gained into Waterford’s past during a very memorable tour with the inspirational Jack Burtchaell.