Dear Alanna | 5th August 2013

Today was my 20th birthday. I am no longer a ‘smelly teenager’ (stereotype). I had great teen years, my worst was 19. For sure, yes my dad died at 18, then, the back pain was persistent for all of 19. 20 is an age where I feel I need to mature even more. Iv’e got a load of goals to reach by the time I’m thirty.  I hope I reach them.

I ran a mile on the treadmill. I went shopping, bought a hoody, a dress and 2 t-shirts (a pokemon & dragon ball z one)…this was not a step in the more mature directions, but still🙂 Then Nicole, Rachel, Kathleen and I went up to Bear Mountain. The zoo was closed when we go there. Poo! I wanted to see Bears. But we did see gorgeous lakes, mountains & trails. I loved it. I prefer that than the city. I prefer lakes, mountains, the woods, cycling 100x times more than the city and the subway, by a mile. Nature is too nice. We saw a pack of Geese which was random.

Niamh face-timed me once I was home Sweetie Pie🙂 I miss her a lot. We are like sisters! It was nice to see her. I feel so awkward on those Skype/video chat yokes. There really cool though. She wished me a happy bday & reminded me of the Paramore ticket she got me for my bday next month! Eeeeep!

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We had my favorite, my choice for dinner, lasagna! Mmmmm! Luff it I do! T’was unreal! We watched TV, then it was time for too many unexpected presents (SO GRATEFUL) converse, perfume, 3 tops, a dress, notebook on happiness (awww) & a little carrier bag and a card. How sweet!! and I got a cookie cake! YAY! A GIANT COOKIE with flowers on it (because I always wear them in my hair) how thoughtful, silly people making an effort for smelly me, I’d be happy with a card.

Cards are actually my favourite present. Cute & thoughtful & I can keep them as memories because there so small. Omar gave me a card to bring with me, a card with a giraffe on it, $50 note, a picture of us & a sweet heart message. So nice of him!!!🙂

We watched my old home videos. I loved them. I could see me & dad together again. It’s even clear to see in the video’s how much he cared for me. It’s oh so lovely to see us all together, I can’t even remember any of it. Out house looks so different now. Now it’s just empty. I had a pikachu bag, lollipop, fluorescent flower in my hair. Some things never change eh? Theo was such an odd ball child. There’s a video about half an hour long where he was camera man. Crazy little child. I also had a sign on my door “no boys allowed in my room, only dad, NO THEO”. ha ha ha. And I get on so well with him now. Actually I wish to spend more time with him but it never happens so Ill try harder when I’m home.

All and all I enjoyed my birthday, who’d have thought?🙂

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DIGGIN DAYS | Family & The Rose Of Tralee 2016

This Vlog includes some fun bits of my familie and bits of the Rose Of Tralee Festival that I attended this year. Due to the weather I didn’t go to much as it was unfortunately raining quite a lot!

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A VLOG | Belsonic & Tennants Vital 2016 (I saw RHCP!)

A Vlog I made about my trip to Belfast and attending two festivals | BELSONIC & TENNENTS VITAL. It wasn’t too pricey & we got to see Kano, Disclosure, Cage The Elephant, Labrinth, Fall Out Boy AND THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS!


I have wanted to see them since… I think was about 16? When I really started listening to all of their music. So for 7 years I have been a massive fan and it was amazing.

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Diggin Days | Episode 14 – Turning 23 & Enchanted Lands Music Festival

So I turned 23 recently.


Let’s just say time flies when your having fun? I can’t believe time is going by so fast.
Sometimes people say your only as young as you feel. . .with me I don’t know if that’s a good thing most of the time…

I went to the cinema with my friends, one of my amazing besties Jerry & I went for a drive, and the girls & I went to ‘Enchanted Lands Music Festival’ which feature local tralee bands “Chapter 2” and “Q-14” and Ryan Sheridan himself. Good fun. And nice to have some live music around!

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Just Once I’d Like To Stand Alone In A Community That’s Already Alone – Martin Mahon

Just Once was a series of short features for Radio Kerry produced by the students of Radio Kerry Training. It was an opportunity for people to say, do or feel something once.

Have you ever thought to yourself “If I could go back to that one moment I do it all differently” or “I wish just once people would see me differently” or “I wish I could sit and chat with them just once more”? These are all things that many of us have considered at one time or another. Through the ‘Just Once’ series Radio Kerry gave people the chance to fulfill that wish by simply saying it out loud, sometimes just taking a thought or a feeling and saying it out loud is enough.

Below is a “Just Once” piece with Martin Mahon.

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Just Once I Wish People Would Understand That It’s Okay Not To Be Okay – Fiona McSweeney

Just Once was a series of short features for Radio Kerry produced by the students of Radio Kerry Training. It was an opportunity for people to say, do or feel something once.

Have you ever thought to yourself “If I could go back to that one moment I do it all differently” or “I wish just once people would see me differently” or “I wish I could sit and chat with them just once more”? These are all things that many of us have considered at one time or another. Through the ‘Just Once’ series Radio Kerry gave people the chance to fulfill that wish by simply saying it out loud, sometimes just taking a thought or a feeling and saying it out loud is enough.

Below is a “Just Once” piece with Fiona McSweeney.

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Just Once I Wish I Could Go Back To My Childhood In Ballybunion

Just Once was a series of short features for Radio Kerry produced by the students of Radio Kerry Training. It was an opportunity for people to say, do or feel something once.

Have you ever thought to yourself “If I could go back to that one moment I do it all differently” or “I wish just once people would see me differently” or “I wish I could sit and chat with them just once more”? These are all things that many of us have considered at one time or another. Through the ‘Just Once’ series Radio Kerry gave people the chance to fulfill that wish by simply saying it out loud, sometimes just taking a thought or a feeling and saying it out loud is enough.

Below is a “Just Once” piece with Jerry Lane.

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Just Once I Wish I Could Go Back to February 24th 2015 – Zara O’Dowd

Just Once was a series of short features for Radio Kerry produced by the students of Radio Kerry Training. It was an opportunity for people to say, do or feel something once.

Have you ever thought to yourself “If I could go back to that one moment I do it all differently” or “I wish just once people would see me differently” or “I wish I could sit and chat with them just once more”? These are all things that many of us have considered at one time or another. Through the ‘Just Once’ series Radio Kerry gave people the chance to fulfill that wish by simply saying it out loud, sometimes just taking a thought or a feeling and saying it out loud is enough.

Below is a “Just Once” piece with Zara O’Dowd.

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Just Once I Wish People Would Embrace Their Individuality – Jack Davy

Just Once was a series of short features for Radio Kerry produced by the students of Radio Kerry Training. It was an opportunity for people to say, do or feel something once.

Have you ever thought to yourself “If I could go back to that one moment I do it all differently” or “I wish just once people would see me differently” or “I wish I could sit and chat with them just once more”? These are all things that many of us have considered at one time or another. Through the ‘Just Once’ series Radio Kerry gave people the chance to fulfill that wish by simply saying it out loud, sometimes just taking a thought or a feeling and saying it out loud is enough.

Below is a “Just Once” piece with Jack Davy.

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Just Once I’d Like To Sit On A High Stool With My Dad – John Buggy

Just Once was a series of short features for Radio Kerry produced by the students of Radio Kerry Training. It was an opportunity for people to say, do or feel something once.

Have you ever thought to yourself “If I could go back to that one moment I do it all differently” or “I wish just once people would see me differently” or “I wish I could sit and chat with them just once more”? These are all things that many of us have considered at one time or another. Through the ‘Just Once’ series Radio Kerry gave people the chance to fulfill that wish by simply saying it out loud, sometimes just taking a thought or a feeling and saying it out loud is enough.

Below is a “Just Once” piece with John Buggy.

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