Saturday, April 19, 2014

Belated Christmas Photos!

I know it's April... MID April! But I just had to share these photos from Christmas. It was a fairly stressful and... well, awful time for me... but I managed to enjoy the month of December as much as possible while also struggling to write my thesis.

First was a super pretty wedding in early December! Friends of ours got hitched in the beautiful Millhouse in Slane. As Paul was a groom's man, we got a few perks, like extra pre-ceremony Champagne and Buttonières for the men.

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The ceremony was lovely too!
Cian and Anne are super awesome people and we're so happy they're loving married life.

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Here's a 'chemistree' made by the organic chemists at NUI Galway, isn't it great?!

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And here's our real Christmas tree at home, which made me so happy!
Christmas at home is always wonderful but this year was made all the more special with the arrival of my brother and niece from Australia!

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I love these kids so much!

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It was Ódhran's first birthday over Christmas and we celebrated in a very fancy way!

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Suit jackets, dresses, sequins and the K Club - very swank! It was really nice to have afternoon tea and drinks and spend the day chatting and laughing.

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And finally. This house. This beautiful house.

Since I was little (or even since before I was born) we went to my Grandad's house in Tullamore every Christmas, either on the 25th or later but always for New Year's.

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After Grandad passed away, the house was sold and we started spending the days between Christmas and New Year's in a hotel in Tullamore. We were very sad to hear that this incredible four storey house was split into apartments and later, that a fire was started and the house was gutted! A few years later though, we were delighted to hear that the house was put back together as it should be, cleaned up and made into a home again.

And here it is!
So many memories were made in this house, for my Mum, her brothers and sisters-in-law, myself, my sisters, my cousins... It's really nice to see it whole again.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Adventures


After a nearly five month hiatus, I'm back! And I'll be honest, that blogging break was pretty awesome! I'm surprisingly not much of a long term multitasker so it was nice to be able to focus on finishing my PhD, time with my family and Paul and a big move to England.

And I did it - I finished my PhD!! An awesome friend of mine submitted my final hard-bound, super pretty thesis on Wednesday.

Isn't it beautiful?! Seriously, every time I look at it, I swoon.

So now I've been getting back to living my life and absolutely loving all the free time I have! Most of the time, especially as most of my stuff is across the Irish Sea, I have no idea what to do with myself... I've spent a lot of time reading. A lot of books.

Oh, and I live in England now!




I was lucky enough to get my dream job as a publishing editor with the Royal Society of Chemistry in Cambridge. I moved over on the 25th/26th of January and started work on the 27th.





Every day I've worked has been really interesting and every weekend I've spent in this beautiful town has been incredibly inspiring. It's so exciting to be starting a new adventure!




Things have been a bit strange while I've been living in temporary accommodation and finishing my thesis and planning a move, etc. but everything's slowly coming together in little segments! 



Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some photos from what I was up to over the winter, including a bunch of late Christmas ones.

Have a nice week everyone!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

On Hiatus




As the title suggests, I'm on a blogging hiatus until I submit my PhD thesis in January.




I hope you all have a fantastic winter, Christmas and New Year!

See you in 2014!!



(Photos from the Grand Canal in Naas, one of my favourite places in Ireland and a big part of my childhood.)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mullaghmore Hike

After a family gathering this weekend, my aunts, uncles, cousins, my Dad and I hiked up Mullaghmore in the Burren.

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I love the Burren, it's so wild and unique!

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Just look at this mountain and that incredible swirling pattern. Beautiful!

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We stopped at 'Craggy Island's parochial house' and an awesome viewing point on the way home.

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I love casual hikes like these!

What did you do at the weekend?


Friday, September 13, 2013

Family Holiday in Kerry, Part Two

We spent one day at Muckross House and Traditional Farms in the Killarney National Park. It was awesome!

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The farms were really interesting, not least because they contained countless baby animals. So cute!

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We went to Dingle twice, a lovely town near the end of the Dingle Peninsula. It was just charming. I tasted the most amazing Guinness and sea salt ice creams, enjoyed numerous pints of Guinness and devoured bunches of oysters and seafood. We also visited the Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary, full of the cutest little seals and birds. It felt good to support the sanctuary so it can continue to rescue abandoned or hurt seals.

I went for a run on the first morning, up early and out the door before most were awake in the house. It was quite eventful. And terrifying. I ran along the beach for about three kilometres and then decided to walk back by the sand dunes and have a little adventure! Oh dear...

In the first half hour, I was walking through the dunes, admiring the interesting plants, rabbits and butterflies.  Then I got 'lost'. I could always see where I was headed but was walking through marsh and tall sharp grass full of big spiders with green bodies... Ugh. The last hour or so was just awful.

Here you can see my view at one point in the walk. The valley is what I was aiming for...

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And in these pictures, you can see how Google maps and my running app placed me in the sea - one long trek through the mud.

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Last but not least, I just wanted to mention good old Irish pubs. Probably the most comfortable places in the world to drink, besides, of course, at home in my pyjamas.

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