I stand alongside her, too antsy to sit and too scared to wake her. I cross my arms and stare at her sleeping face. She had changed so much these past few years in the nursing home. I want to leave and I feel guilty for wanting that. Nanny Ballingarry we called her in our… Read More Waiting for bed
There are moments in life that cause us all to stop dead in our tracks. Something startles us and instigates a reassessment of the sleepy routines we all fall into when life is comfortable. All of a sudden you remember nothing is forever. Death is one of those moments. They say youth is wasted on… Read More The ticking clock
I am on the train from Cork to Limerick Things are going well, I am working away quietly at an empty table of four, when we pull into Mallow and the train fills up. A Dublin woman sits across from me and I instantly get the smell of cider from her breath. It has just… Read More Judging Books
Pick your battles As Cork endures tough times in bad weather, Roisin Burke looks at letting the little things go.