Corvette echoes.

The island of Haulbowline is filled with history. Each stone and step, every nook and cranny, from the lowest ebb of the tide on now silent slips, to the lofty reaches of the visual signaling tower. This rich history can fade into the background, drowned out by the hustle and bustle of the modern age.... Continue Reading →

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Steelmaking and stories from Haulbowline.

Got to read 'Steelmaking and stories from Haulbowline' by Jim Shealy this week. A really great book capturing the stories of generations of hard working men & women who made a life for themselves and their families from working on Haulbowline in Irish Steel. The extensive use of oral history adds, as always, an element... Continue Reading →

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Gleanings from Cork Harbour

Got to finish 'Gleanings from Cork Harbour' by Anne Mc Sweeney this week. It's a fascinating read, Full of interesting stories about this wonderful harbour. Thoughtful and touching, capturing lots of snapshots of the smaller histories & details which add to the great richness of the place we call home. Plenty of copies to be... Continue Reading →

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The Fate of the PVs.

Reproduced here with the kind permission of the Editor of An Cosantóir, this is my article which featured in Special Commemorative Edition on the occasion of the Naval Service 75th Anniversary. They were the ships onboard which a generation of sailors came of age, and they lead the way for others to follow. Built in... Continue Reading →

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75 Years of Service.

Reproduced here with the kind permission of the Editor of An Cosantóir, this is my article which featured in Special Commemorative Edition on the occasion of the Naval Service 75th Anniversary. The celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Naval Service is a milestone in the long and rich history of service. No celebration could... Continue Reading →

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Bard of the Isles.

'Under the Mountain' is the working title of adventure book. Its genre could be best assigned to High Fantasy. I completely forgot to up date this page in December with my very good news. I was successful in getting Chapter One of this book published. I am very glad to say that I didn't forget... Continue Reading →

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Be More with the Navy

Really pleased to have an article "#BeMore with the Naval Service" in this months An Cosantóir. You can read the entire magazine via the link at the bottom of this post. It's great to have the opportunity to explore the Navy Technical Recruitment, Retention, and Regeneration Cell (TRRRC) where I work. The Defence Forces are... Continue Reading →

Victory or Death

Getting extra time to read is one of my favourite parts of holidays. Finished Book III of this series by Joesph Kassabian last week. A great addition to this #ScienceFiction series. Definitely a #MilSciFi #SciFi #mustread. Got to say that I really did perfer the original cover art and series titles. What a difficult thing... Continue Reading →

Hooligans of Kandahar

Continuing my Joseph Kassabian run this week I re-read his award winning 'Hooligans of Kandahar', which introduced me to his work. A disarmingly honest & hard-hitting account of war. This #combat #veterans experience of the violent conflict in #Afganistan is a #mustread

The Great Traitor

Read Book II 'The Great Traitor' of the Galaxy of Fire Series by Joseph Kassabian earlier this week. A brilliant sequel. Top notch #ScienceFiction definitely a #mustread series for anyone who enjoys #MilSciFi. Hacking through my 'To Read' list but can't wait to add Book III 'The Consul'. However, I can see that Joseph had... Continue Reading →

Citizen of Earth

Finished Citizen of Earth by Joseph Kassabian this week. Excellent #ScienceFiction #MilSciFi. This is book I of his Galaxy on Fire series, started into book II now and its super. Great characters, great setting, and great action. It's a cracker.

In Summer Lanes

Did the souls of boys,cut down in France,come home again,to rest in lush ditches,by English country lanes,as bright summer poppies, So, each year unending,free to dance once more,joyful remembrance blooms,headless of the rush,of passing motorcars,in home-counties soil, Red now their clothes,heads sway rejoicing,on wildly weaving stalks,stout-hearted amid weeds,no brown wilted youth,inside worn frames, Ebullient life... Continue Reading →

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