What is Labradorite

💚💙✨Labradorite 💚💙✨ (Third Eye Chakra – hold to forehead & tell it your thoughts) This Crystal is best for bringing past experiences that may be causing emotional problems up to the surface Balances & Protects your Aura Repairs Broken Hearts 💖 ✨💫 Considered by mystics to be a Crystal of 🎆 Transformation & Magic ✨💫…

And the beat goes on….

First published in the Rathdowney Review 2017. This is an annual book created by a number of people in the local community of Rathdowney Co. Laois that celebrates the achievements and news from the previous year. The following is an article on two of Rathdowney’s favorite sons, The Finns. By John Madden Back in 1992,…

‘On the Couch’ with John Tynan, Jnr

It’s funny when you pass people several times a week that we never really get to know the person. I met John several times over the last few months as our paths crossed, mostly down to the fact that we both operate out of the same building some days. We always greet each other with a…

‘On the Couch’ with Sandra Hewitt

Many of us will have heard of Tourette’s, and while we have heard of it, there is still a lack of understanding of what exactly it is and what it means for the person living with the condition. We’ve all seen the TV programmes and movies that have characters with Tourette’s and more often than…

“On the Couch” with Councillor Michael O’Brien

Join us and listen to this thoroughly enjoyable interview. For those of you outside of the Longford/Westmeath Constituency who do not know the name, Michael is an Independent County Councillor from Moate, Co. Westmeath. In the interview, we delve into the world of localised politics, how he became involved with politics and his vision for the…

‘On the Couch” with Michael McDonnell

Anybody who has been in Athlone over the past 25 years will have seen the amazing and unique piece of the tourist industry here in Westmeath, that is the Viking Tour boat. Michael McDonnell, a Tralee man originally gives us a fascinating insight into the history of this boat and how a Kerryman came to be…

A pint (or two) with Ciarán and Hugh A.K.A. The Finns

A musician’s life certainly isn’t all beer and skittles. Yeah, of course, at times it looks uber glamorous and many’s an audience member will pedestalise the profession but the job is not without its’ challenges. The old adage goes, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your…

“On the Couch” with Ailish Connaughton

If there was ever an interview that everybody needed to hear it is this one. Ailish is a peer educator with an organisation called ARI, which stands for Advancing Recovery in Ireland, which in essence was created to help people get through Mental ‘Ill Health’. While discussing the organisation is important we focused more so…

The Oil of St. Warburga

The following is an article that was published in the Travellers’ Voice Magazine in July 2017.  I did tell you the stuff I write is broad! Have a read on and discover one of the mystical religious cures from  Germany. John In our constant search for cures for ‘what ails you’ we often look to…

“On the Couch” with Darren O’Hara

The following interview was with the vastly talented Athlone baritone, Darren O’Hara. In the interview we delve into the world of operatic singing and musical theatre. Darren speaks about his passion for music and how it has shaped his life to date. Many people, local to Athlone will know of Darren’s tremendous work in terms…

Building Blocks of Life – Resilience

The following piece will link you to articles I did on building resilience in children. This article was published in the Travellers’ Voice Magazine in 2016. It explores the nature of resilience and what we can do, as a caring society to encourage and help develop it in the younger generation. I look at what…

Mental Health for Millennials

Life is full of curveballs, perceived obstacles and at times, serendipity. It was a culmination of all three that led to me getting to write a chapter in a book. Often is the case, that when somebody writes a chapter, like mine, that they have a lived experience of the topic but that wasn’t the…