I never thought I’d need to ring a suicide helpline

Just keep swimming

Everyday in my day job I signpost people to mental health support services. I know the mantra- Asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness, there is no shame in reaching out for help, don’t suffer in silence. Talk. Talk to anyone, it doesn’t matter who, but whatever you do, do not keep things to yourself.

I know all these things, they roll off my tongue automatically. So why do I find it so hard to apply this to myself? Why can I not apply this to my own life? Why do I find it so hard to ask for help when I’m struggling?

Why do I when I dial a helpline do I feel so ashamed. So alone. Unable to confide in anyone as to how I really feel. Although I refer people to helplines such as Samaritans and Pieta House every day, little did I think that I…

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The Massys of Killakee

South Dublin Libraries Local Studies

by Frank Tracy

The Massy family lineage can be traced to Normandy where they were landowners in the ninth century. In 1066 members of the family, led by Hamon de Masci, were among the Normans who invaded England with William the Conquerer. Hamon de Masci was created a Baron by William and he and his relatives were granted extensive landholdings in Cheshire. Over time, the family surname was anglicised to Massey. Baron Massey established his seat at Dunham Massey near Altringham and thirteen successors, each named Hamon, resided there. Dunham Massey is now in the ownership of the English National Trust and is a major visitor attraction.

In 1649, Hugh Massy, a cavalry commander from Cheshire, was among the Cromwellian forces that landed in Ireland. From the time of his arrival in Ireland, his surname is recorded as ‘Massy’. It is this form of the surname that is used by…

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River Dodder Walk: Morton’s to Knocklyon

Take A Hike

The river Dodder is 26km long and passes Dublin suburbs of Tallaght and then Firhouse, travels through Rathfarnham, Templeogue, Rathgar, Milltown, Clonskeagh, Donnybrook, and Ballsbridge, and enters the Liffey near Ringsend, along with the Grand Canal, at Grand Canal Dock.

As it goes through these area, there are a range of walkways and green areas to enjoy.

This post focuses on a short but very enjoyable 2km walk from Mortons in Firhouse to Knocklyon. The track is in good condition and is suitable for buggies.

dodder - Mortons to Knocklyon Rd

To the west of this section, the walkway also feeds into the River Dodder Linear Park.

While already an enjoyable place to walk through, this area has huge potential and many groups like Dodder Action and Knocklyon Network are pushing to get the local councils to invest is this great amenity to maximise its potential for the local communities.


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The Green Mile: A walk around St. Stephen’s Green.

Come Here To Me!

Firstly, my apologies for being quite inactive on here of late. There’s quite a lot going on at the moment, some of which I’ll say more about here in future, but all exciting none the less.


Starting tomorrow, I will be doing a weekly tour of St. Stephen’s Green. The park, and not the shopping centre. The tours run every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am from The Little Museum of Dublin, and I will be delivering the Saturday tour each week. It’s incredible to think it’s taken so long for a tour specific to the Green to emerge in Dublin, and this is the brainchild of the Little Museum of Dublin, the museum of twentieth century Dublin that sits right alongside the park.


The Sunday tours will be conducted at the same time by Ronan Sheehan, who produced one of our favourite books about the city, ‘The Heart of the…

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Wayne Hutchinson – Depression and Me.


“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there if you let it. You me, or nobody will hit hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you get hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward.”

 – Rocky Balboa 


We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato


Tuesday, March 18th 2014. I wake up to a beautiful morning as the sunshine streams through the blinds in my bedroom.

I’m lying in bed, tears streaming down my cheeks, but I’m not asking myself…

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