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St Patrick’s Day – Reminders of the past

My grandfather was Irish and I was lucky to spend some holidays in Ireland as a child. As I’ve got older I’ve started to forget some of the details yet other memories remain. My grandad’s family lived in a remote village in Donegal so to get there we sometimes would drive, going across on the ferry (from Scotland). I remember on one such ferry I was bought a tin whistle, I loved it but as an adult now, I wonder how many other passengers on the ferry appreciated the purchase of that particular gift – haha.

St Patrick’s Day Toast

Other times we would fly into Londonderry “Derry” Airport. It was strange, going through Derry in the 90’s and 00’s, I distinctly remember seeing armed police officers, something I had never seen before. Yet, my main memories of Derry are of going shopping. It is funny how as a child something that you initially take as odd, is rather quickly accepted.

One of my favourite memories from these holidays was visiting the giant’s causeway and my grandfather telling me the tale of the two giants who spent many years throwing rocks at one another. I think these tales seem to differ a little dependent upon whose telling them but in my grandfather’s version, the Irish giant built the causeway to Scotland, upon arrival he realised the Scottish giant was much bigger and stronger than he had realised. He then scurried back home to hide. His wife came up with a cunning plan and disguised the Irish giant as a baby, when the Scottish giant took one look at him, he realised if that was the baby, the father must be even bigger and quickly returned to Scotland destroying the causeway on the way. My grandfather told me this story when I was very little, perhaps 4 or 5 but I think it was one of the first stories I had heard in which the woman was the hero, the smart one, who ultimately saved the day.

I hope everyone has a great St Patrick’s Day. Time to eat, drink and celebrate the Irish.


For those wanting a little extra fun, I quite enjoyed this article: 7 Surprising St Patrick’s Day Facts

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years.

Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people.

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Review of Rules for a Perfect Life by Niamh Greene – 3.5 Stars

Rules for a Perfect LifeRules for a Perfect Life by Niamh Greene

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review for this is really a 3.5 Stars.
Maggie has a taste for the nicer things in life, she has a nice man, a nice job and a love of nice handbags. On a whim, she decides nice isn’t good enough for her and ditches her fella. Soon after she finds herself out of a job due to the housing market crash and finds herself in need of a new home too. With few other options when her friend offers her the chance to move out to the country to house sit for her, Maggie accepts. She soon finds out country life is not all it’s cracked up to be!

Niamh Greene has a very easy to read writing style, and I would suggest Marion Keyes fans will adore her. My only concern is the story felt a little drawn out (however that may just be this novel or my own preference). The story followed the typical rom-com structure and I enjoyed it as an easy light-hearted read.

While Maggie as a character did get a fair few drama’s thrown at her to deal with, I actually found her character a little frustrating. She came across as a bit spoilt and selfish and it took me a while to get behind her and start willing her to get the guy (haha). Although some of her sarcasm was top notch. The guy, however, came across as lovely, single devoted father, hard-worker, and all-round family man. You really do want him to get his happily ever after.

The tale was very similar to those by Marion Keyes, I would say Greene is not quite as good as Sophie Kinsella or Helen Fielding but similar in a lot of ways.

A good, enjoyable holiday read, I would certainly read more from this author but I do think it could have been even better.

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