Not proofreading your work? It’s like farting in church.

It makes it awfully hard for people to pay attention to what you want to say. A while back I wrote a piece on sloppy usage and poor proofreading. Since I wrote about writers using style instead of …

Remember crowded rooms?

In bookstores? In my case, the call came from the far side of Woodbine Books in Kilcullen. A few weeks ago, just before we all went into hermit mode, I walked through Woodbine’s door to an instant call …

Is this the next generation of pubs?

Thurles: There’s a long table that starts next to the guitars, runs past non-fiction and ends near the children’s books on the back wall. A counter full of colourful knitting yarn separates it from the rest of the …

No, it was NOT a dark and stormy night.

It was a miserable, blustery, sideways-raining several days. Minutes of glorious sunshine punctuated rolling black storm clouds emptying themselves on all of us stuck below. Or, to put things another way, it was just a normal winter’s day …

Is there a future for old-fashioned love?

It’s hard to miss Mullingar’s Just Books when you’re walking down the street. It’s even harder to leave once you’ve gone through their door. If the bulletin board full of neighbourhood notices doesn’t keep you occupied, there are …

Darwin never said it . . .

Charles Darwin never said survival of the strongest, he spoke of survival of the fittest, meaning those best able to deal with change and adapt to their environments survive. Have you seen many dinosaurs walking down your street …

Rental car blues – and bookstores, too.

Headlights? OK. Wipers? Check. Reverse? Found it. So I rolled out of the lot to explore Mayo’s book shops, restaurants and scenery. Then I remembered what I forgot: How the hell do I tune the radio? Hell, how …

They’ve Paved My Paradise…

Ever wake up to one of those chilly, cloudy, windy, rain-spitting days where you’d really rather roll over and go back to sleep for a week? Hell, this is Ireland, nearly every day’s like that, but it didn’t …

It’s GDPR time. Here’s what you need to know.

Hi, It’s GDPR time and here’s what you need to know. Here’s your personal information we have on file:  your email address. Why we hold it: Because you requested to be on the mailing list for Jim Maney’s …

You can’t eat the scenery

Youghal, County Cork – I spent a week here the other day. For me, it’s one of those places where you go to be, rather than to do. I’m not sure how good this is for the local …