The Doneraile Walk in Tramore, Co. Waterford is one of the most beautiful places I know. I write about it in Section Nine of Feature Writing.
The first anniversary of my father’s death was on September 10th, 2011. In Section 15 of Losing Elderly Parents, I write about the various thoughts and memories that came to me on that day, which I spent in one of our old haunts -Ballycotton, Co. Cork.
James Hoban (1758-1831), who was from the townland of Reisk in Co.Kilkenny, was the architect who designed the White House in Washington. In Section 9 of Social Bridges, I reflect on the life of this famous Irishman and the ways in which our lives have connected through ‘a spirit of place.’
Today marks the launch of my journey to connect with the 50 or more Waterfords of the World. I look forward to learning about all the different Waterfords and being the social bridge which will link us Waterfordians together.
Kilkenny is a historic city which has had a major impact on my life and which I write about in Section Eight of Social Bridges. It is where my parents first met in 1940, and where I worked as a sociologist almost 30 years ago. It is also a place which connects my mother, myself and my son through tennis. Each year, I return to savour the wonders of the Kilkenny Arts Festival.