Whose Job Is The Most Important?

It was 7.45pm. We were driving back from a hurling match 25 minutes’ drive from our house. I’d left the house just after 7 that morning, had worked 8-4 then left work, called to the house to collect my five-year-old’s football gear and the sandwiches (that my husband had made…

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Working Out Great

It’s become a thing now, an Easter holidays thing. On the Wednesday after Easter in 2014 I went back to work after my last maternity leave and wrote about it here.  On the Monday after the Easter holidays last year I started my new job and I wrote about it here.…

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A Reflection on Wednesdays

“Have a nice day off” my colleagues always say on Tuesday evening, the day before my day at home with the kids. It’s my day off work, previously my parental leave day, and now simply the day I am not contracted to work. I’ve taken one day off a week…

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Do You Have a Best Friend at Work?

There’s a question that appears on those surveys that are regularly carried out among staff in large organisations, like one I used to work for. The surveys aim to “take the temperature of staff” and see what staff really think about their work. The question I’m talking about is the…

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What's Your Dream Job?

One morning as I drove to work I heard a clip on the radio about “dream jobs”. It gave the results of a “survey” which reported that Irish women’s thought that Imelda May, Katie Taylor and Cecelia Ahern had the best jobs in the world.  (I found a report about…

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On What Donna Said About Quitting Work to Stay Home

I’ve been thinking a bit more than usual this past week about the whole working and parenting and keeping it all together part of my life. It’s hard at the best of times but then a Cork mother wrote a letter to the Irish Independent last week  that got the…

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