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Sewing Simple Softies with 17 Amazing Designers

Sewing Simple Softies With 17 Amazing Designers Release date: 28th February 2021 Exciting news, a book I contributed to with 16 other amazing designers has just become available for pre-order, I have it linked below. The projects are all for hand sewing simple...

Mindfulness, Missy & Me

Mindfulness, Missy & Me Ebook Explores moments where our lives intersect and pause, where routine takes us into the present, where lessons are learnt and time slows. A mix of short memory pieces and mindfulness exercises By Tina O’Rourke & Alan...

Sewing Animal Dolls

Sewing Animal Dolls (Paperback) Heirloom patterns to make for Daisy and her friends. By Tina O’RourkeImprint: White OwlSeries: CraftsPages: 128Illustrations: 150 colour illustrationsISBN: 9781526757654Published: 29th April 2020 Description Learn how to make Daisy Dog,...

Mindfulness, Missy & Me

New eBook coming soon

Same but different. The woodland walk is always the same, but I am different. Sometimes stressed, sometimes calm, sometimes sick, sometimes recovering, sometimes sad, sometimes happy. My temporary difference changing my temporary experience.

Missy sees the leaves, smells the new, walks the road ahead. The autumn leaves crackle beneath her paws, the vivid colours, punctuated only by a grey sky. The way ahead appears empty, but it is full of birds, squirrels, rabbits, mice, insects, too many to name and so often, to me, unseen.

Not to Missy, she sees, she looks at me, and sometimes when I am not looking, I can see too.

Interviews

Interviews

Artistic Journey

Every artist has their own journey to follow, their own time to blossom and right now it is Fran McCann’s time. Belfast born Fran moved to Gort in Co Galway over twenty years ago with his wife Mary and their children. Establishing roots in the local community they are...

Artistic Genes

‘Renaissance man’ is a phrase that jumped to mind when I first met up with young, up and coming, artist Alan Fitzpatrick. Not only is Alan a gifted and original artist, but he is also a filmmaker, editing and shooting numerous short films, writer and poet, as well as...

Artistic Grounding

“As they say, you’re an over-night success, twenty two years in the making; twenty two years tramping the road, keeping ideas.”  Jim McKee a self-trained artist, originally from Cookstown, Co Tyrone, moved to Galway in 2001 before settling in the near idyllic...

In the Movies

John McIlduff is a young filmmaker with a vision, his film are easily identifiable, visually pleasurable to the eye while exploring the spaces created in-between the social narrative of life. A busy man, John juggles writing and film-making with his young family in...

Comedian Owen O Neill

Owen O’Neill is a true virtuoso in the art of storytelling, traversing many mediums from stand-up comedy to film to television and theatre, acting, directing and writing with an ease that belies how difficult each of the genres can be. Generously, Owen agreed to speak...

Ethical store’s award is a sign of the Times

Ohh! By Gum owner Sharon Griffin speaks to Tina O’Rourke about her Irish Times award  Ohh! By Gum Boutique has just been announced as one of the Irish Times 12 best shops in all of Ireland – a considerable accolade for its owner, Sharon Griffin. ‘The award has had a...

Wanderings

Wanderings

Benbulben Forest Park

Wanderings

León Travels – Ruta De Cascadas De Rio Faro

From July through to September 2019, we, that being my husband, myself and our twelve year old Springer Spaniel spent two-months in the city of Leon, in the North of Spain. During the last fortnight of our stay we visited a few of the vast amount of outdoor walks,...

Camping in Spain & Cork to Santander on Brittany Ferries

So week one in Spain, and it was definitely a long week of traveling. After looking at all our options to travel here, because we wanted to bring our dog with us, we finally settled on a newly inaugurated Brittany ferry service taking us directly from Cork/Ringaskiddy...

Travels with Missy – Howth, Skerries & Mornington

Hi, my name is Missy Bonkers and I am a nine-year-old springer spaniel, even though everyone keeps saying that I look like a puppy. It’s really only because my human mom Tina takes me to the doggy hairdressers and has my hair cut. It’s fun there; I get treats and a...

Hill Walking

Featured Walks

Burren National Park Sunday Walk

It has been a while since we had a small adventure, and it has definitely been missed. Over the past few weeks we have been de-cluttering the stuff in our lives, just items we have hung onto, for really no reason. So the last few weekends have been all about,...

Walking Slieve Donard in the Mourne Mountains

Slieve Donard, the highest peak in the Mourne Mountains made famous by the Percy French song and until recently my nemesis (obviously being a bit dramatic here). I finally reached the top of Slieve Donard on an absolutely stunning day two weeks ago and it was worth...

Hanging Bridges of Los Cahorros Monachil

Hanging Bridges of Los Cahorros Monachil Over the last fortnight we spent eight days traveling around Granada, Malaga and the coast, lots of driving and walking along beaches, through towns, villages and some natural trails in the Sierra Nevada. Even though we had...

Climbing the Maumturks

Having never climbed any mountains before this year, I definitely made up for it during the month of March. Every weekend we climbed a mountain, as listed below and I have linked each mountain to the corresponding blog post here on my website. March 4th Slieve Binnian...

Climbing Slieve Donard

Climbing Slieve Donard 22/01/17 Quite a while ago, whilst sitting in our Camper Van at Donard carpark in Newcastle Co Down, Alan suggested that we walk through Donard Forest and up into the Mourne Mountains. At the time, for various reasons, the main one being...

Climbing Croagh Patrick

YouTube Video of our Croagh Patrick climb shot on iPhone SE with a Gimbal So the weather in Ireland can be very random, (understatement if ever there was one), we can literally have four seasons in one day and March can be a particularly random month. Now with that in...

Short Stories

Fiction

Murphy

Raging, absolutely raging, did you see your man, the state of him, who the feck does he thing he is, sitting outside the shop. Feckin’ raging, had to get really angry to get him to move, call security like. I’m telling ya, I’m raging. Ya, it’s pure shite what you have...

John and James, Short but not Sweet

John and James like to sit on a rock facing out to sea. It is early morning, post breakfast, blue skies, blue water with one single grey as grey cloud sitting right in the middle of everything blue. John is sixty-five and missing a leg. James is sixty-five and has...

Conversation with a Storm Fairy

Standing along the promenade in Tramore, waves beating against the shore line, the only obvious contrast in the mid-tones of grey being the foaming white waves irregular in size and shape lashing against the concrete walls and hissing spray at the buildings near the...

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