Author Archives: Siobhan McNamara

Pagan goddess or Christian saint, Brigid’s spirit lives on in Ireland today

The traditions of the feast of Brigid have been unchanged for what may well be thousands of years. This is despite all the social changes that have taken place in that time. Before Christianity came to Ireland, the people here had a long tradition of pagan … Continue reading

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Eye of the Beholder – a 100w story

This week’s photo prompt comes from Dale Rogerson. The challenge is to write a fictional story in 100 words. To find out how to get involved, click here To read other contributions from some excellent writers, click on the Blue … Continue reading

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Daily Post photo challenge – ambience

The theme for this week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is ‘Ambience’ To get involved or to see other contributions, click here

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What’s in a name? A 100-word story

Below is this week’s 100-word story for Friday Fictioneers. The photo prompt comes courtesy of ©C.E. Ayr To find out how to join the challenge, click here To read other contributions, click on the Blue Frog   What’s in a … Continue reading

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My #50HappyThings 2016 for #BloggersUnite

Thanks to Dawn Quyle Landau for inviting me to take part in this much-needed exercise – to take time for gratitude and positivity. It felt at first like I would struggle to reach 50 in the allocated time, but in the end, … Continue reading

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Curtain Call – a 100w story

Below is this week’s contribution to Friday Fictioneers. The challenge is to write a piece of fiction in 100 words based on a weekly photo prompt. This week’s photo is courtesy of Shaktiki Sharma To join the fun, click here To … Continue reading

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Horse and Trap – a 100w story

This week’s 100-word story photo prompt comes from Friday Fictioneers host Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge as always is to write a piece of flash fiction inspired by the photo. To join the fun, click here To read other contributions, click … Continue reading

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#Aleppo

#Aleppo Pictures on Twitter of children smeared with blood and dust, being dragged from piles of rubble are as familiar in 2016 as the television images of Ethiopian children 30 years ago.   People said back then that sending food … Continue reading

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Dance Me To The End of Love – a 100w story

From the moment I looked at the picture prompt courtesy of ©Björn Rudberg, I couldn’t get the title song out of my head. I had to sleep on it to work it into a 100-word story for this week’s Friday Fictioneers … Continue reading

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From magic and dreamscapes to the desperate plight of the poor – No poet captured 19th century Ireland quite like William Allingham

He is best known for writing The Faeries but William Allingham’s influence was far-reaching and can still be felt today. The Allingham name is synonymous with the Donegal town of Ballyshannon and is celebrated for good reason. William Allingham was … Continue reading

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