I am a 57-year-old freelance editor/writer living in rural Ireland with my wife, Pauline; our 24-year-old daughter, Susanna (some of the time); and two terriers. Our son, Sean, died suddenly on 17 October 2010, aged 19. Details of my editing/writing service are given here.

15 responses to “About

  1. Yvonne

    Great sense of Sean as a person – very touching to read. Thinking of you all. Yvonne & Sarah x.

  2. Still Guffin'

    I still read your blog all the time, I read over old posts and look at the pictures and remember Sean, the music posts really bring back a lot of memories for me of Sean also.

    Some of your poem’s and diary entries are really touching too, I find it great that your doing this blog Brendan and hope you keep it up.
    I always wanna leave comments on posts and that but I just never quite know what to say is all.

    I know Christmas was hard, and I’m glad that we visited you guys too, sorry if we were some what unannounced it was a spontaneous enough decision to visit when we did, I kept saying I was gonna and never did so when the idea came to mind and all the lads wanted to as-well we just decided to pop in.

    I’d really like too see you again, I’d like a chance to talk to you in person. maybe something could be arranged in the next little while? If your not too busy of course.
    Hopefully Chat soon

    • Hello Adam … thanks for this, it’s good to hear from you.

      I’m really glad you like the blog, and I certainly plan to keep it up. It was great to see you and the other lads before Christmas. Feel free to drop in any time, but if you let us know first we’ll make sure we’re here. Also, I’d be happy to meet you in Virginia if you like, for a coffee or whatever.

      I’m doing this in memory of Sean, and also because it helps me and others. If it helps some of his friends, I’m delighted about that. Sean is something that we all have in common, and that will never change.

      Pauline sends her love … take care, Adam.

  3. pauline


    I didn’t know Sean, but I feel like I do now.
    Our boys go to school in Knocktemple, so we heard about what happened to your son.
    This is a lovely idea, words are so powerful. My name is Pauline and my husband’s name is Brendan, I think that’s why you all stuck in my mind.
    Your blog makes me treasure each and every moment with my little ones.
    Thanks for reminding us all just how important those moments are.


    The Melia Family.

    • Hi Pauline – thanks very much for the kind words. I’m delighted that my blog has had this effect … certainly all those moments are for treasuring. We had a lot of great ones.

      There was a pancake sale outside the shop today in aid of the CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) charity, in memory of Sean … it raised €755, a fantastic amount in a small community on a wet Tuesday afternoon.

  4. anne mcconnell

    I happened across your blog this morning, just wanted to say Sean sounds like a special person, loved his photos

    • Hi Anne … you’re very welcome to my blog, and thanks for taking the trouble to comment.

      We certainly felt that Sean was special, and a lot of other people did too.

  5. Those are the cutest black lab pups on the front page. What a nice website to bookmark and visit.

  6. Kevin Gallagher

    Hi Brendan, we’ve got that photo of Pabs in Fiji I can get you a copy? Drop me an email!


  7. Hi Brendan, This is Christine from the editors’ group, just in case you wonder who this new follower might be. Always happy to find another blogger among my friends. (My bloggy alter ego is Maud; I’m sort of anonymous.)

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