I am an Irish folk artist, writer, storyteller and home cook. My passions are folklore, rural Irish heritage and traditional Irish food. My father Owen, a Donegal craftsman and storyteller restored my fisherman's cottage which is situated in Dalkey, a picturesque sea town village, only half an hour by train or car from Dublin city . The cottage was built in 1860 and is a five minute walk from Coliemore Harbour and Dalkey Island.
I spend large amounts of time travelling the countryside interviewing country people about their heritage, their superstitions and rural traditions. These people are the last of our citizens who knew an Ireland without technology and social media. Apart from my father, the Folklore Commission in University College Dublin is my finest source of stories and information.
I spend most of my time painting by the turf fire and listening to the ferocious wind, an inevitable part of living by the sea. Last year I wrote a cookery book, "Behind the Half-Door, Stories of Food and Folk, with my friend Kady O'Connell.
The cottage is a simple, peaceful place with a red half- door that remains open to visitors from all over the world.