The Seven Heads Walk, Fuschia Walk and Lusitania Trail is one of West Cork's best kept secrets. Just go.

Shortly after we moved to Bandon, over 10 years ago, I bought a bunch of Ordnance Survey maps of the area and two books by Damien Enright called “Walks of Courtmacsherry Bay & The Seven Heads” and “Walks in and around Kinsale”. We had high hopes of being outdoorsy. To our shame, the most we ever did was to haul the kids along the short track in Kilbrittain woods, the even shorter one in Ballinspittle woods and the tiny bit longer one in Dromillihy woods. »

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A year of running updates

As has been the case so often over the past 15 years of blogging, I’ve been very remiss in my updates. I’ve had a ton of things I want to write about, like the Waterford Greenway and how adventure/outdoor tourism could be a much bigger business here. But that’s for my holidays. Today, as I move this blog to Hugo and GitHub Pages (what a journey it has had!), I thought I’d just give an update on my running. »

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Support KildareStreet.com if you care about democracy

Most people in this country seem happy enough to have it run by imbeciles and criminals, so it’s a relief that some people actually care. The official web-site which holds the records of the Oireachtas is the kind of incompetent mess that can only have been designed to be that way on purpose. Luckily John Handelaar built KildareStreet.com a few years ago to shine a light on the goings-on in the Dáil and Seanad. »

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I've finally found a running audio setup that works

I’ve been running slowly since 2009. This year has seen two and a half marathons so far, with the Clon Half probably ending the year nicely. But since the very first run I’ve struggled with audio. I think most people listen to music and I’ve done that a bit but I’ve spent far more time listening to Podcasts. I listened to Kermode and Mayo on my first Half Marathon in Dingle in 2010 and I listened to them again a few weeks ago in Dingle in the 2015 Half. »

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This heavy guy decided to run the London Marathon and you won't believe what happened next.

I figured it was either that title or “5 ways you can run the London Marathon without even trying” ;-) If you’d told me in 2008 that I’d ever run a 10k, I’d have laughed at you. If you’d told me in 2009 that I’d ever run a half marathon, I’d have laughed at you. If you’d told me in 2011 that I’d ever run a marathon, I’d have laughed at you. »

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So long WordPress. Hello Hexo.

I’ve been blogging longer than the average bear, with my first post wayyyy back in 2001 on Blogger. I moved to WordPress in 2005 and did a huge amount of stuff with it both personally and professionally until 2013. But, like many people, I’ve had it with WordPress. Pretty much every WP blog I either ran or had some dealings with, has been hacked. Whether through security-hole-riddled plugins, xmlrpc.php or other bugs in WP. »

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Please someone make a documentary on TB hospitals in Ireland

Four years ago I wrote a quick throwaway post about TB hospitals in Ireland. For whatever reason it bubbles up very close to the top of any google search on that topic. As a result, I have set of comments there which just have to be read. All of them are interesting, many are heartbreaking. The majority are written by people who were either in such a hospital or had a relation in one. »

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Two lovely hot sauces from Mexico

It’s been a while, I know. I spent most of 2013 focused on my tech blog over here. But I thought I’d kick off 2014 with a foodie post. I use a lot of hot sauce but tend to be very boring in the ones I buy, mainly sticking to the supermarket reliables like Tabasco and Encona. I’ve got the odd Irish one too but many of them seem obsessed with heat and not flavour (Rebel Chilli being the worst culprit here). »

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Poacher's Inn Tapas Night. Staggeringly good. Epic in fact.

For a good few years, this blog was all about food. I had lots of restaurant reviews and foodie pics and experiments like making sausages. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, I haven’t done much in that area for a long time. Whilst I’ve eaten lots of lovely food since then, I haven’t had much that was truly memorable. Until Friday night. My parents were down for a visit and we planned to go to The Poacher’s Inn with them and big sis, but when we went to book we were told the Tapas night was starting at 8pm and it was only a very limited menu before that. »

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Doing something about bullying - Tuairisc

Brian Greene contacted me last week about a new project he has just launched called Tuairisc.me. Like many good ideas, it’s brilliantly simple. It’s an anti-bullying form for school web-sites that can be added with a single line of HTML to any site. I sent some questions/thoughts over to Brian and his responses convinced me that this thing has legs. But it will only work if as many people as possible know about it. »

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