Latest blog posts

An extract of the 10 most recent posts from my blog:

  • 2,400 New Irish Citizens April 29, 2019
    The latest Naturalisation ceremony took place today in Killarney, Co Kerry, with around 2,400 people gaining their Irish citizenship. Included in that number are 309 UK citizens. Sadly I’m not one of …
  • Joint Credit Cards April 11, 2019
    At the moment, I have a personal credit card account. My wife has a second card on this account, and can spend using this card, but she has no access to check on the balance or manage the account. So …
  • We have this plan to walk the Camino April 1, 2019
    Ever since I watched the Martin Sheen movie ‘The Way‘, about a man who walks the Camino (or The Way of St James) to Santiago de Compostela, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of walking it myself. I’m no …
  • Water features of Bushy Park Dublin March 17, 2019
    I’m very lucky to live near to Bushy Park in Terenure, Dublin. It’s a great park with loads of amenities, and is also a park full of interesting places to explore. One of the parts of the park I love …
  • Waiting one year for my citizenship March 15, 2019
    It’s now exactly 12 months to the day since I applied for Irish citizenship through naturalisation. And I’m still waiting… The INIS website says that “it takes 6 months for a straightforward applicati …
  • Integrating shopping receipts with my bank statement March 6, 2019
    With most transaction now taking place by card, the days of the paper-based receipts in shops are surely numbered. Some shops now ask me whether or not I want a receipt – I suppose to avoid the enviro …
  • British citizens in Ireland after Brexit February 6, 2019
    It looks increasingly likely that a no-deal Brexit will go ahead on 29th March 2019. So what does that mean for the 100,000 British citizens currently living in Ireland? In Britain much has been made …
  • Changing mortgage at the end of a fixed rate February 4, 2019
    We took out a fixed-rate mortgage for our home around 3 years ago, and that fixed-rate period is about to come to an end. If we had done nothing and left the mortgage as it is then it would have trans …
  • Fisherman’s Friend tin January 8, 2019
    I was delighted the other day to spot Fisherman’s Friend tins for sale in Berlin’s Tegel airport – so much so that I bought three of them! I’m a singer and a huge fan of these lozenges, and they’re my …
  • Do I look like a Hick? December 11, 2018
    One of the benefits of having the first name of Richard is that there are so many nicknames and pet-names. Here’s just a few that I’ve used or been called over the years: Rich Richie Rick Ricko Rickie …