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A #Carys Update: May 2018 A Good Night’s Sleep

I am sitting on the edge of Carys’s bed. She sprawls across my lap, fuzzy head tucked into the hollow of my neck, small arms clutching me tight. It is incredible how much strength there is in her… Read More

Carys's AFO's.

A Carys Update: Febuary 2018 Is This the End of AFO’s?

I haven’t posted about Carys for a long time, not because there was nothing to tell, but because progress has been a long slow plod of repetitiveness and, I know it sounds awful, but yes, monotony; not particularly… Read More

Planning your Visit to Ireland? Deerpark Forest

Welcome to a new feature on Aliisaacstoryteller. Are you planning a visit to Ireland? Over the coming weeks, I’ll be featuring places in Ireland that I love, and which are, I think, well worth a visit. Some will be familiar to you, others will get you off that beaten tourist track, and make your visit to Ireland a more memorable and unique one. Today we’re visiting somewhere near and dear to my heart, Deerpark Forest, on the shores of Lough Ramor in Co Cavan, so get your walking shoes on!

The Politics of Walking Pt4| An Unexpected Phonecall

My mobile phone rang this morning, and I saw from the display that it was Carys’s school. I answered with some trepidation; there must be something wrong. “Don’t worry, nothing’s wrong,” said the voice of Carys’s teacher immediately…. Read More

The Politics of Walking Pt 3 Carys is WALKING!

It happened last Wednesday, and I’ve been dying to tell the world ever since. But I needed to be sure it wasn’t a once off thing, a fluke, a happy accident. I also needed to be sure I… Read More

The Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way

My lovely friend Jenni and I decided to walk a section of the Burren Way, which in turn forms part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Honestly, the lengths one has to go to, just to get some child-and-husband-free… Read More

Walk of Wonder

I took Indi the Mutt-Hound for a walk up the lane yesterday. Hadn’t been that way with him for a while, and I was blown away by what I found! Irish wildflowers are flourishing in the verges and… Read More

The Politics of Walking

I discovered in a phone call yesterday that Carys’s potential to one day walk is not down to her physical development, or physiotherapy, or even budgets and funding, or lack thereof. No. It’s down to politics. You will… Read More

Of A.F.O’s and Tooth Decay

All this week, Carys and I have been ‘coping’ with her new A.F.O’s. A.F.O’s are not to be confused with U.F.O’s, although lately, I’ve been wondering about that… Useless F…ing Objects, I think, is the more appropriate terminology…. Read More

Almu | Home of Irish Legendary Hero Fionn mac Cumhall

On Monday, after much waiting, I finally got to visit the Hill of Allen (Cnoc Alúine in modern Irish) in Co Kildare. This iconic hill, jutting out of the flatlands of the Curragh, is said to be the site… Read More