Many Brave Fools and the Equus Film & Arts Festival 2019

Delighted to announce I am in contention for an award at this year's Equus Film & Arts Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park, 5-8 December. Gutted to say I can't be there to partake in this literal festival of horsey books and films, filmmakers and authors, panels and all sorts of activities. I am in …

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As Good As a Rosette

What's the big deal, you wonder? It's only an auld piece of paper... Well, what happened was: we had a flat lesson in the upper arena. I am well over any fear of William losing what's left of his sanity up there — famous last words, but 'from the brain to the rein'. I have …

Have I Ever Told You My Michael Palin Story?

So: At the end of the taught year in my masters at Trinity, I moved to Stoneybatter after having lived in city centre. Of a Saturday, I loved to stroll down Manor Street, across a series of laneways and underpopulated byways, into the shopping district, always ending up at Easons bookshop. One Saturday I was …

The Great Outdoors, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cross Country

I hated horseback riding outside from the start. As I recount in Many Brave Fools, the fear started when I went on a ride out without ever having taken a lesson. The horse took off on me (the horse lightly cantered over a puddle and I went flying); my coccyx took the brunt; it would …

This Picture!

Look how happy I am! Look how sweet his eye is! That is all. *** Many Brave Fools: A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency… and Horses is AVAILABLE NOW. Order your copy today: > In the US, click on over to Trafalgar Square Books’ site. > In the UK and Europe, visit Quiller Publishing’s page.

Please Tune In To Becauseofhorses.com Podcast (I Am On It)

Click right over to becauseofhorses.com and choose your platform! I am so honoured to have been interviewed by the wonderful Elise Chand, who is such a good interviewer and producer that I am actually okay with listening to the sound of my own voice. As a journalist, I know exactly how much hard work goes …

‘The Champagne of Apples’

...according to The Internet, from whose many rabbit holes I now debouche, blinking in the light. There wasn't much trial and error in discovering Cathal's favourite treat. Carrots are a welcome second, Polo mints are expected in addition, but when it comes to apples, there is a definite preference. It's not like he'd refuse anything …