Jillian Godsil's Blog (10)

A Field ... For Toby

Toby is a beautiful chestnut Bavarian warmblood gelding.  He came into our lives four years ago. His previous owner thought he had kissing spine, a terminal condition, and he was going to the factory. My daughter…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on June 20, 2016 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Hail the Rise of the Irish 'Sidepreneur'

They say the best business is grown in a recession -- where labour, rents and expectations are cheap, but equally venture capital, support and credit is short. To straddle that gap comes the new sidepreneur -- someone who has…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on November 1, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

My Spoken Word Debut Draws Emotions, Specs, ‘Killer Heels'

Presentation Arts Centre in Enniscorthy is the most perfect building. An old convent, the conversion to secular building retains the stained glass windows and ornate carved wooden beams arching overhead. When one walks into the hall, it is breath-taking, literally, in its beauty. And, as with all ecclesiastical architecture, the…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on October 9, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

O'Brien Press Prospers By Championing Intrinsic Value of Books

In the 1940s it was tough being a communist in Ireland. All card carrying members were followed by the Special Branch, tended to be boycotted by the establishment and were refused jobs. Thomas O’Brien had returned from fighting in the International Brigade in Spain against Franco. As a vocal and proud communist, and poet, he was faced with certain unemployment. Perhaps influenced by Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, he…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on October 4, 2015 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Live From the Pitch at the Historic England Versus Ireland Football Friendly, June 6, 2015

Wayne Rooney is tiny. Really tiny. I stood less than ten feet away from him on Sunday, on the pitch in the Aviva, and I reckoned I was taller than him. When I got home I checked and so I am. But then I reckoned I was taller than most of the Irish and English football…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on June 17, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Woman who challenged law on bankrupts standing in elections wins costs

First printed in The Irish Times on February 24, 2015

Jillian Godsil found to have been ‘directly instrumental’ in bringing about a change in the law

A woman has been awarded the costs of her legal challenge which prompted legislation allowing undischarged bankrupts to run for Dáil and European elections.

Jillian…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on March 5, 2015 at 4:42am — No Comments

Island of Ireland Peace Choir in Messines, Belgium

Messines - I had the privilege to travel to Messines with the Island of Ireland Peace Choir last weekend. This is our story.

Don Mullan, author, humanitarian and Christmas Truce ambassador, stood in front of two graves in Messines, Belgium. On the left was Private T Delaney of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who died on Christmas Eve 1914 and on the right,…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on December 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

'I Used to be an A**hole': Lessons in Genteel Poverty

With apologies to my mother for the headline.

I met a new friend last year. He once had a good job in the private sector but fell into trouble, lost his job and put his home in jeopardy. His newfound interest in debt propelled him into a filmic…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on December 8, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

The 'Fighting Irish' are Taking Over the World of MMA

Never since the glory days of gladiators has there been so much interest in hand-to-hand combat. It hasn’t happened overnight, it is rare that an overnight sensation actually happens overnight, but Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has passed the point of being a niche sport and is now…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on November 20, 2014 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Irish Public Should not Pay for the Sins of the Banks

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in debt for a thousand euro is worried, but that when a man is in debt for a million, then the bank is worried.

Or it used to be like that. Now the odds are that someone has to be in debt for a multiple of that…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on October 5, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

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