Archive for the 'Activism' Category

Going Out of Print in a Digital World

What does it mean to go out of print in a digital world? This is question I had not thought about until I joined Authors Alliance today. I learned about this group through my colleague, Dr Orla Murphy. Authors Alliance is a group based on the promotion of “authorship for the public good by supporting authors […]

Oppression: A Response to Rory O’Neill’s Abbey Theatre Speech

I am moved to write this post after watching Rory O’Neill’s speech in the Abbey Theatre. O’Neill’s speech follows on from comments he made about homophobia on the Saturday Night Show which prompted RTE to pay out €85,000 to the Iona Institute Catholic lobbying group. O’Neill’s description of oppression in Ireland is familiar to many of […]

“Jus’ and ol’ Graveyard Ghost”: Past and Present in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Bruce Springsteen’s, “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”

*This was originally published in my MA in American Literature and Film Research Journal (March 2010)* “You can get killed just for living/ In your American skin” – Bruce Springsteen “American Skin (41 Shots)” This post examines the continuing relevance of John Steinbeck’s social and cultural vision in The Grapes of Wrath. It shall be […]

U.S. Women and Abortion: An Infographic

Bibliographic sources for the information presented in the above image can be viewed here. This infographic is a creative way to provide people with facts rather than fictions. Similar Post: Contraception, Abortion and Invisible Fences: A Brief Look at Church and State in the U.S. and Ireland.

“We Must Not Always Talk in the Market-Place of What Happens to Us in the Forest”: Victim Blaming is Our Scarlet Letter

“She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850 Are we all born with scarlet letters, unseen until someone or something makes them visible? Like unlucky lottery scratch cards, a letter rubbed raw, eczematous, infectious: one for every woman who dares to speak out against rape and sexual assault. […]

Contraception, Abortion, and Invisible Fences: A Brief Look at Church and State in the U.S. and Ireland

Introduction Amid the public outrage over the death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway, Ireland are the shocked and seething whispers about the alleged reason given to the woman and her husband regarding the denial of her request for an abortion: “This is a Catholic country.” This phrase quite simply implies that Ireland lives under a […]

My Letter to Irish Senators Asking for Abortion Legislation to be Prioritsied

Please feel free to use this letter as a template. We need to make our voices heard! The following is a list of email addresses for the current Senators:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, […]

Help Keep Anzaldúa’s Borderlands in Print!

Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary. Aunt Lute Books  hope to release the 4th edition this important text, but they need help. They have set up a Kickstarter Project to help raise the necessary funds to publish and distribute the book.  Aunt Lute is a nonprofit publisher since 1982. […]

My Letter to the 60 Members of the Seanad (sent: 2nd July 2012)

Below is a copy of my letter to members of the Seanad concerning the Youth Defence Billboard Campaign in Ireland. Please feel free to copy, share and/or alter the letter to suit your audience should you choose to bring up this issue with any public representatives. Additionally the following word document contains a general letter […]

What I Learned from Adrienne Rich

The first time I read an Adrienne Rich poem as teenager I learned that it’s not just the “boys club” that writes poetry well. A woman can create poetry that explores personal and political attachments as well as being formally and stylistically masterful. This is the first lesson that Rich taught me. I went through […]