Wellfest 2015 delights in every way

Wellfest 2015


Hidden in a quiet corner of Dublin, Wellfest took over Herbert park on September 19. A far cry from the mud soak, alcohol fueled wellie fest which one would usually relate to a festival, punters descended on Wellfest with runners, workout gear and yoga mats in hand.

Reflecting back on Wellfest, it offered so much more than a day of workouts and talks. What is was, was a breath of fresh air, a community of people who wanted to wish eachother well.

From food vendors offering healthy alternatives, to fitness experts demonstrating their preferred exercises, to talks on endurance, healthy eating and keeping your mind fit, Wellfest had it all.

As someone who loves fitness, but has found herself in a slump for some time, it was an amazing boost and for want of a better word ‘kick up the arse’; it was inspiring.

Apart from one meditation class, I refrained from taking part in any of the fitness classes; honestly I wasn’t prepared for how many there would be. I did however delight in the healthy food samples, finding out about all the variety of health food options available across the city.

Speaking of health food, catching the Happy Pear giving a cookery demonstration was refreshing; their energy pure infectious. Their love for good clean food was evident, and the demonstration was both informative and extremely fun.

As a big activist for mental health awareness, I looked forward to Bressie’s talk. Having seen him at Electric Picnic last year, I was aware of how powerful his words were and again, refreshing to hear somebody of his stature speaking about mental health so openly and honestly; queue the tears.

The goodie bag also has to be mentioned; full of delicious healthy treats, it alone made going worthwhile, the festival itself being a massive bonus.

For its first year, Wellfest went above and beyond anything I expected. As a major festival goer, I am delighted that this is on the calendar at the end of the music festival season offering a kick-start to detox in a fun, friendly environment. I’m looking forward to next year already and to Wellfest being a very important part of the year- health too often gets overlooked.

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Wellfest set to open minds to a world of health and fitness

Ireland’s first ever health and fitness festival


Dublin, get ready for your mind to be completely opened to an entire world of health and fitness. Tomorrow, September 19, Herbert Park will be home to Wellfest; Ireland’s first ever health and fitness festival.

With festival season well and truly behind us, many may be suffering “festival fever” as a result of heavy partying all summer long. Wellfest has come at the perfect time, helping us to kick start the detox to get our lives back in order.

Some of the brightest and best from across the country will gather for this unique one day festival offering a range of health, fitness and wellness activities to suit all tastes. You may even discover a new activity to fall in love with.

With yoga, TRX, spinning, delicious healthy food, demonstration cookery classes from the good people at The Happy Pear and really informative talks; there is so much happening.

Personally, I am looking forward to going along to be inspired, and come away with that wholesome feeling of goodness one can only get from being clean and healthy.

With talks on body image and self-love, the ultimate guide on looking and feeling awesome and busting nutrition myths, it would be hard to go away without some nuggets of wisdom. Healthy nuggets of course; not a McNugget in sight.

There will be talks on mindfulness and meditation, preparing for and preventing injuries and Bressie ending the day with a discussion about building a more resistant Ireland. Having watched Bressie give a talk about mental health at Electric Picnic in 2014, I can say without a doubt you are in for an inspiring speech.

Tickets are only €35, giving you a rare opportunity to learn from and train with the best. Buy one now.

Today’s top vid: Foo Fighters Rick Roll Westboro Baptist Church

Foo Fighters Gate Crash a Westboro Baptist Church Protest

Foo Fighters Westoboro Baptist Church

In what is probably one of the greatest fuck you’s to the demonic Westboro Baptist Church, The Foo Fighters gate crashed one of their freakish protests with a party.

This further elevates The Foo Fighters as the nicest band in rock and shows that their celebrity status hasn’t made them lose sight of what is important; being fucking sound!

We all know the Westboro Baptist Church are insane bible bashing miscreants that make no sense whatsoever. They spend their lives running good people down. I’m not sure what this protest was even for, but The Foo Fighters showed them what’s what.

Longford Rose Selection Song: Angel Eyes

Song: Angel Eyes

Rose of Longford selection

This year I entered the Rose of Longford selection which took place in The Longford Arms Hotel. As part of the selection it was up to each girl if they wanted to do a talent and I decided to sing a song I wrote about my friend who passed away.

On July 02 2005, Sarah Murtagh passed away as the result of a car accident. As a way of coping, and to help all of our friends, I wrote this song. I called it Angel Eyes as those who knew her know she had the biggest, most beautiful eyes.

Entering the Longford Rose Selection was something which I never would have imagined I would do. Having been away from home from a few months, I was literally back in the country around 72 hours when I entered, I felt like I had something to offer. For the first time in my life I felt as if I had something to give back to others and this was a platform to do it.

This song is one which means a lot to me as it is so personal.

Poem: A wave that creeps

A wave creeps, creeps over my head.
Then splashes down strong in a whisper of dread.
That wave, it lingers.
That wave, it pours.
That wave spent hours hovering of course.
Hours it lingered.
Hours it shook.
Hours it splashed and knocked like a crook.
A crook that comes creeping.
Creeping in the night.
One to steal everything.
Away out of sight.
But the things that it steals it’s not money nor food.
It’s the heart from right inside you.
That part that just should.
Should scream out loud.
Right at the top of your voice.
But what is the choice?
The choice to choose something.
The choice to choose more.
The choice to show anxiety its not welcome anymore.
So I unlift the veil.
With a fear of being unmasked.
A fear of the truth being a laugh.
Not one, but all, not alone as such.
As the wave breaks over like an icey brook.
But patience is a virtue. a
And kindness is grand.
And anxiety is a foe that aught not be fed.
Please give me no reason.
Please give me no fire.
Please recognise my wish for a life full of quiet.
I wish for just this without compromise nor lies.
Just one sweet goodbye.
No complexities nor pride.
Bye bye un-forgiveness.
Bye bye sorrow.
Hello anew.
Hello tomorrow.

Poem: Today you turned ten

Today you turned ten,
A joyous day,
For everyone loves their birthday.

Today you turned ten,
Ten balloons, a cake,
A birthday smile is never fake.

Saying “it’s my birthday” to everyone you meet,
Blowing out ten candles,
Ten kisses on your cheek.

Today you turned ten,
Oh how the years they fly,
Just like you do, our angel in the sky.

For today is your birthday in heaven,
Ten years ago you passed,
Not a day goes by still we don’t miss you,
Our love it still lasts.

Ten years ago today,
It’s still so hard to believe,
And with each and every year,
We still mourn you, we still grieve.

But today it is your birthday,
And I promise not to cry,
Birthdays are a time to laugh,
Not a time to sigh.

We love you with all our hearts Sarah,
We love you with all our soul,
We treasure the day we will meet you again,
That day our lives will be whole.

For we know you’re watching down on us,
From a fluffy cloud in the sky,
And with that thought we celebrate your birthday,
It’s impossible to cry.

So blow out your ten candles,
We blow you ten kisses,
We live today for you,
We honour your wishes.

We raise a glass,
We’ll sing it true,
Happy birthday in heaven,
One day we will celebrate your birthday with you.

My weekend at Longitude

Longitude Festival 2015

I was asked last minute to do promotions work with Hot Press magazine for Longitude festival , so of course I jumped at the chance.

Having never been to Longitude, it was a great opportunity to experience what the festival had to offer. A sucker for all music festivals, I adore the chance to get festival chic and listen to some great music.

As I was working, and it wasn’t a camping festival, I didn’t dress too festive; I’ll save the good stuff for Electric Picnic. Here’s a few photos of what I wore and of the festival.

See my website for a review of Longitude 2015.