Ageism is Never in Style and Brands should Take Note

June 17th, 2019|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Style & Beauty|

Within the next two years, for the first time in human history, there will be more people worldwide over 65 than under five.  That should be a wake-up-call to BRANDS that they should be more

‘How to Live Better for Longer’

May 20th, 2019|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

Tonight I will be making my television debut on ‘How to Live Better for Longer’ on RTE1 at 9.35pm! Having told everyone who listened that I probably would end up on the cutting room floor,

Review of ‘The Middle Place’ by Kealan Ryan

April 9th, 2019|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

What an incredible first novel. No, what a brilliant novel. Full Stop.   I was an English teacher in a former life and I know the narrator of The Middle Place. I taught him. I

Beside the Hilda – confessions of an Instagram Husband!

April 4th, 2019|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

This post - confessions of an Instagram Husband - first appeared two years ago and I thought it time to give it a second airing. I asked Graham if he had any changes to make

‘Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home’ 

February 13th, 2019|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

Home is where the heart is, they say, and I'm certainly very happy with the home I've shared with GG for over 30 years. But I'm also fascinated by what other people have done with

‘Style Not Age’ Sequins Challenge

December 31st, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Style & Beauty|

I have only one item with sequins in my wardrobe, a top I bought in Oasis years ago but have never worn. I love sequins on others; they are sparkly, they shine and catch the

A Novel for Midlifers; ‘It’s Who We Are’

December 10th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

Those of you who are regular readers will know that I love a good book and now and again I write reviews. These are not always fiction; in fact, my most recent review was 'The

Fun With Fur Style Challenge in ‘Style not Age’

February 26th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

You may recall that as a part of a blogger group called '5 over-50', I participated in a series of style challenges where we took it in turn to create a theme. Only recently, two

5 Irish Women share what it means to be Fierce in Midlife

February 19th, 2018|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

A year ago, I was one of fifty over-50 bloggers (and the only Irish one) to launch The Fierce 50 Movement worldwide. This has now evolved into Forever Fierce: The Midlife Revolution, embracing all women

An angry, fierce and heartbroken Jennifer Halliday speaks out

February 12th, 2018|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

 Jennifer Halliday is fierce. Jennifer is angry. Last week, I shared Marie Carberry's story HERE; this week, you can read how the disease Alzheimer's impacts family members, but Jennifer is angry about more than that.

2017 Best of Rants and Random Thoughts

January 10th, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

Some of my most popular posts last year were in the category ‘Rants and Random Thoughts’! Many of you sympathised with me when I wrote about how to stay married for 35 years without killing

Maia Dunphy’s ‘The M Word’ Hits the Shelves

November 2nd, 2017|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

I first met Maia Dunphy a few weeks ago, at an event where 'Today's Mum' was celebrated and I was taken by her wit, charm and general loveliness. Of course I knew her from the

Millennial bridges Gap with midlifer Mum

October 17th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

Today marks the launch of an unprecedented campaign called 'Bridging the Gap' where 100 Millennials and 100 Midlifers are coming together to blur boundaries and put an end to stereotypes.  This campaign is inclusive as

Bridging the gap – Millennials and Midlifers in unique campaign

October 17th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

Bridging the GAP…What am I on about? What gap? The aim of this unique campaign is to bridge the gap between ‘old’ midlifers like me and millennials (young people in the prime of their lives)

Today’s Mum-Happier than Yesterday’s Mum?

September 27th, 2017|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

I could not believe my ears. Nothing had changed in the 33 years since I had my firstborn. In a survey entitled 'Today's Mum', sponsored by iconic Irish brand Sudocrem (who have just launched a

Wedded Bliss – a male perspective

August 23rd, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

Some weeks ago, I wrote a blog post with some hints for a happy marriage. Now, in his second ‘Beside the Hilda’ contribution to overthehilda, GG has offered to put a male slant on the married