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Clare O'Beara

Clare O'Beara is an independently publishing author, a tree surgeon and expert witness, and a former national standard showjumper. She is an ecologist and includes environmental issues in her stories. Currently studying for an Honours Degree in Journalism.


Contact: author@clareobeara.ie

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My Top Ten Accessible Destinations in Ireland

1. The Chester Beatty Library. Located at the back of Dublin Castle this fascinating museum hosts the Oriental collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, whose life-size statue greets you at the door and can be touched, ideal for the visually impaired. The museum has a lift which is large enough for any wheelchair. The buttons feature Braille and the lift speaks in English and Irish. See full description here 2. The National Gallery
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Environment

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Book cover - The Ministry For The Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

THE MINISTRY FOR THE FUTURE by Kim Stanley Robinson

Regular readers of the future-set stories of climate change, economics, and human ingenuity which characterise Kim Stanley Robinson’s major works, will be keen to pick up his latest opus. A surprise for me as an Irish person is to meet Mary Murphy, the head of Swiss-based Ministry for the Future, who loosely resembles Mary Robinson, Ireland’s former President and UN Commissioner on Refugees. She is in this position because this Mary is so nice that nobody could hate her. In 2023, Frank May, an aid worker, is the sole survivor from a town near Lucknow struck by a disastrous Indian heatwave.

WHEN BIRDS ARE NEAR by Susan Fox Rogers

This absorbing collection of memories from a wide variety of writers in the Americas brings us bird observations and tells us a lot about life. Rob Nixon recalls the trip and the guide on the occasion that he saw Spotted Owls. Elizabeth Bradfield, poet, tells us how whale-watching got her interested in seabirds. Andrew Furman muses about the migrating painted buntings that interrupt a domestic discussion by enlivening the bird feeder. WHEN BIRDS ARE NEAR, somehow everything else stops.
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Cresswell photo exhibition

Ireland In Focus: 1950s Photographs

This exhibition Ireland In Focus is currently housed at the Museum of Decorative Arts and History in Collins Barracks Museum, Dublin. Three photographers from outside Ireland came here during the 1950s, either on assignment or for an extended stay, to document Irish customs and country life. Today their works are both fascinating and important parts of our historical record. I visited the exhibition, which is in the middle of its run, and was delighted to hear that its immediate popularity has n
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NASA Air pollution over China

Coronavirus, Air Pollution and The Smoking Gun

The Coronavirus causing a pandemic is a killer all by itself. But I’ve traced the path of the deadliest outbreaks of Covid-19 and linked them to the heaviest rates of air pollution. China, northern Italy, Iran, Spain. Toxic air kills people: the European Environment Agency (EEA) tells us that nitrogen dioxide, mainly caused by transport emissions, is responsible for about 9,000 premature deaths annually in Spain. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says over 7 million premature deaths occur glob
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Shore birds and ferry Bull Island

Decline of Eurasian Curlew

The closure of Bord na Mona peat bogs to peat cutting made headlines, although it had been forewarned. The rejection of planning permission to build apartments in a school playing field in Raheny, north Dublin, similarly made headlines. Behind both those news items lies a sombre fact; the decline and threatened extinction of the Eurasian curlew. The curlew, Crotach in Irish, has been part of the Irish countryside forever, nesting in peatland, heather and marginal farmland, stalking tidal shores

THE PRICE OF THIRST by Karen Piper

Water is the new oil. With rising populations, shrinking freshwater aquifers and climate changes reducing snowmelt, the demand for this vital resource is ever rising and supply is ever more costly. THE PRICE OF THIRST sets out the situation around the world today and takes a scary look at the future. Karen Piper is a geography professor and professor in post- colonial studies in English at the University of Missouri. Over a decade she travelled and studied to research the supply of water.

TOMS RIVER by Dan Fagin

A small community in New Jersey had a large proportion of cancer sufferers. Could the chemical plant in town have anything to do with it? This is the true story of a town that took on big business in a situation where there were never going to be any winners. Coal tar, a toxin, is used in making dyes, paint, detergent, adhesives and other items. As long ago as 1846 the Swiss authorities found a factory owner guilty of gross negligence in poisoning neighbouring people by dumping waste full of arsenic into the water system. The great chemical factories of Switzerland and Germany were built beside the Rhine River to dispose of waste. By 1910, bladder cancer in aniline factories was recorded as an occupational disease.

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Pool table and disinfectant gel

College And Covid – starting the semester

The pool table in the Common Room has been sidelined, sadly. The scene may look different, but the welcome is still warm and students can still relax, have something to eat, just chill with coffee or get some study done. Due to guidelines issued to colleges, DBS has had to alter their lecture provision, furniture arrangements and even library borrowing. All this is being done to keep students and staff safe while on target with courses. You’ll find plenty of information on the DBS website. I took a look at the new situation.
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NASA Mars Rover

One Dystopia to Another – but fans have more fun!

Ireland’s national science fiction convention, Octocon, has been obliged to go on line this year, and the good part for students is that the convention on 9 – 11 October will be free to attend, hosted on Discord. Last year we were so lucky to host Worldcon in the Convention Centre before we started having restrictions. Come and meet authors, graphic artists and film experts as we livestream our way through this dystopian 2020. Octocon organisers say: “It will be streamed live on our Twitch channel (octoconirl)
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Above the Late Late Show.

DBS Visit to RTE Studios

The Journalism Society visited the RTE studios (Ireland’s national broadcaster) in Montrose, Dublin, during spring. The trip was arranged by our Chairman Lea Lair who got us to the location before the Pandemic spread to Ireland. She also opened the trip to any DBS students who were interested in attending. We met at the studios and were shown around by an experienced producer who had worked in the backstage and sound area for many years. As the news and sports studios were not in use at that time....
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Poster for Chatroom

Chatroom: a DBS play worth talking about

Chatroom was presented in the DBS Media Studio just before Christmas. This was an original multimedia play, featuring surprisingly powerful performances from six talented student actors, and using the skills of backstage personnel. The DBS Drama Society provided a fantastic evening’s entertainment and much food for thought. Following a welcome with wine and cheeseboard, we sat and enjoyed the performance. The screen at the back of the stage showed film clips between scenes, setting the atmosphere
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Dragon at Ulster Museum. Photo by Clare O'Beara.

Poppies and Dragons

I got up at oh-dark-thirty, went to the city centre and caught a bus with fellow students, and we travelled to another country. We saw a champion wolfhound, a redbrick university, greenhouses, a waterfall of poppies, and dragons. That was only half the day. A DBS outing was taking students from several classes and many countries to Belfast, and we had to book our own bus seats which meant there was no chance of oversleeping. This was in December, so we were all bundled up in coats and scarves.
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Irish Rail ticket screen confused by student card

When Irish screens are borking: Ticketing trip-up for Dublin-based Windows 10 IoT terminal, but at least it's not XP

Bork!Bork!Bork! Summer time, and the borking is easy. Particularly if you're a Windows 10 IoT-powered ticket machine in Dublin. Spotted by an eagled-eyed Register reader, this Irish Rail machine is, in a very real sense, flashing its undergarments for all to see. It has revealed that lurking beneath the sheen of the usually byzantine range of ticketing options familiar to travellers lies the equally byzantine world of Windows 10. Our reader reckons they befuddled the poor thing by popping thei
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Women in Business panel

Women in Business Panel

Dublin Business School hosted an excellent talk by four women in business, on 23rd October 2019. The fourth floor common room was crowded with students, some standing at the back, gaining valuable insights. Each of the speakers had taken unique and twisting paths to reach their current positions. Eadaoin Curtin told us of her journey towards owning her own photography studio. She lived abroad during the Celtic Tiger, then returned to work in architecture, living with her parents and caring for

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Book cover: A Pony For Quarantine by Clare O'Beara

A Pony For Quarantine: Kindle Store and Paperback

Moya O’Leary is thirteen when the Coronavirus Pandemic reaches Ireland. Her class is sent home, to take lessons on line, and her family has to adapt to the quarantine situation. Moya is blessed with a lively young Connemara pony which she was hoping to enter in jumping competitions. That seems less likely as the country enters strict lockdown. Her mum and dad are more concerned about her little brother Michael, who is on the autism spectrum.
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Dining Out Around The Solar System

Dining Out Around The Solar System - Book Series Trailer - YouTube

A Dublin hacker teams up with a London reporter. The future of journalism… is dangerous. Giant corporation British Space Mines has nothing to fear but journalists and hackers. This series follows the career of two journalists with e-zine London's Eye who want to get a look at their secrets. In this future, migrant workers from other planets fill London's basic jobs. They open ethnic restaurants. For every Gas Giant native who works in ballet, there's one who plots a takeover. Climate change is worsening ordinary life, and protest marches are commonplace. These reporters will go anywhere for an exclusive story, even the Andes of Argentina. They also review restaurants. This is a science fiction book series published on Amazon Kindle, by Amazon Best Selling Author Clare O’Beara. Filmed by Clare O’Beara on location in Dublin and London. Produced by Clare O’Beara. Series title: Dining Out Around The Solar System. This trailer contains trailers for four books, which may be watched separately.
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London City

London Calling - Award winning short story by Clare O'Beara

"London calling," said the investigator in the Moscow branch. "Interpol wants us to send a liaison officer to them." His superior frowned. This might be a time to get on someone's good side by sending their son to this brief. On the other hand... "We don't want to make it a permanent posting," he said. "I can think of someone we can be well rid of for a few months." Arkady Renko arrived in London overland, having endured a long wearying journey and with one bag. Although he was well travelled

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Pool table and disinfectant gel

College And Covid – starting the semester

The pool table in the Common Room has been sidelined, sadly. The scene may look different, but the welcome is still warm and students can still relax, have something to eat, just chill with coffee or get some study done. Due to guidelines issued to colleges, DBS has had to alter their lecture provision, furniture arrangements and even library borrowing. All this is being done to keep students and staff safe while on target with courses. You’ll find plenty of information on the DBS website. I took a look at the new situation.
NASA
NASA Mars Rover

One Dystopia to Another – but fans have more fun!

Ireland’s national science fiction convention, Octocon, has been obliged to go on line this year, and the good part for students is that the convention on 9 – 11 October will be free to attend, hosted on Discord. Last year we were so lucky to host Worldcon in the Convention Centre before we started having restrictions. Come and meet authors, graphic artists and film experts as we livestream our way through this dystopian 2020. Octocon organisers say: “It will be streamed live on our Twitch channel (octoconirl)
Clare O'Beara
Above the Late Late Show.

DBS Visit to RTE Studios

The Journalism Society visited the RTE studios (Ireland’s national broadcaster) in Montrose, Dublin, during spring. The trip was arranged by our Chairman Lea Lair who got us to the location before the Pandemic spread to Ireland. She also opened the trip to any DBS students who were interested in attending. We met at the studios and were shown around by an experienced producer who had worked in the backstage and sound area for many years. As the news and sports studios were not in use at that time....
DBS Drama Society
Poster for Chatroom

Chatroom: a DBS play worth talking about

Chatroom was presented in the DBS Media Studio just before Christmas. This was an original multimedia play, featuring surprisingly powerful performances from six talented student actors, and using the skills of backstage personnel. The DBS Drama Society provided a fantastic evening’s entertainment and much food for thought. Following a welcome with wine and cheeseboard, we sat and enjoyed the performance. The screen at the back of the stage showed film clips between scenes, setting the atmosphere
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Dragon at Ulster Museum. Photo by Clare O'Beara.

Poppies and Dragons

I got up at oh-dark-thirty, went to the city centre and caught a bus with fellow students, and we travelled to another country. We saw a champion wolfhound, a redbrick university, greenhouses, a waterfall of poppies, and dragons. That was only half the day. A DBS outing was taking students from several classes and many countries to Belfast, and we had to book our own bus seats which meant there was no chance of oversleeping. This was in December, so we were all bundled up in coats and scarves.
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Irish Rail ticket screen confused by student card

When Irish screens are borking: Ticketing trip-up for Dublin-based Windows 10 IoT terminal, but at least it's not XP

Bork!Bork!Bork! Summer time, and the borking is easy. Particularly if you're a Windows 10 IoT-powered ticket machine in Dublin. Spotted by an eagled-eyed Register reader, this Irish Rail machine is, in a very real sense, flashing its undergarments for all to see. It has revealed that lurking beneath the sheen of the usually byzantine range of ticketing options familiar to travellers lies the equally byzantine world of Windows 10. Our reader reckons they befuddled the poor thing by popping thei
Kenny Leigh
Clare O'Beara. Photo: Kenny Leigh

My Quarantine Lit for Kindle By Clare O’Beara

During June 2020, I contributed to the body of work known as quarantine literature. Daniel Defoe wrote A Journal of the Plague Year about London, and Boccaccio wrote The Decameron about Italian people quarantined during the plague. I wrote and published A Pony For Quarantine, my fifteenth book. Since 2017 I have been studying for an Honours degree in Journalism at Dublin Business School. The multimedia degree involves digital photography, web development, film making, podcasting and feature wri
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Carolyn Wilhelm and Gary Wilhelm in Dublin, 2019. Photo: Clare O'Beara

Gifted education at home — meet a materials provider and climate change activist

A year ago, homeschooling was for a tiny minority of children. Today, schoolchildren are remote learners. The speed of the onset of Covid-19 has left some parents and institutions unprepared, but plenty of online resources are being made available for free. Nonprofit Sesame Street has made a great deal of downloadable or interactive content available. Schools can set a page of approved material for e-mail homework, or class work guided by a teacher over Instagram, Skype, Zoom and other platforms
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Public seating in Dublin 2

Five Year Wait for Accessible Public Seating

Public seating installed in Dublin 2 from 2014 was useless to seniors or disabled people, despite being signed off by Dublin City Architects for Dublin City Council. Finally, in November 2019, suitable seating has been provided for the Grafton Quarter. Information provided due to my request under the Freedom of Information Act shows that the public spend on seating for Dublin 2 was zero in 2014 and 2015. €12,000 was spent in 2016 on metal seating where Dame Lane meets South Great George’s Stree
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Dublin Coroner's Court

Crumlin Children’s Hospital Apologises Over Death

Crumlin Hospital administration has apologised to the family of Ciara Lawlor. The inquest on the tragic teen, who collapsed at a concert in Marlay Park, found that a rare heart condition was the cause of death. Ciara’s family listened quietly as Crumlin Hospital staff described the circumstances of her treatment prior to her death in July 2016. Dublin Coroner’s Court heard medical evidence from the Paediatric Cardiologist, Prof. Colin McMahon, with a diagram of a heart on a viewing screen. Ciar
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Women in Business Panel, DBS

Women in Business Panel

Dublin Business School hosted an excellent talk by four women in business, on 23rd October 2019. The fourth floor common room was crowded with students, some standing at the back, gaining valuable insights. Each of the speakers had taken unique and twisting paths to reach their current positions. Eadaoin Curtin told us of her journey towards owning her own photography studio. She lived abroad during the Celtic Tiger, then returned to work in architecture, living with her parents and caring for
NASA
NASA air pollution over China

Coronavirus, Air Pollution and The Smoking Gun

The Coronavirus causing a pandemic is a killer all by itself. But I’ve traced the path of the deadliest outbreaks of Covid-19 and linked them to the heaviest rates of air pollution. China, northern Italy, Iran, Spain. Toxic air kills people: the European Environment Agency (EEA) tells us that nitrogen dioxide, mainly caused by transport emissions, is responsible for about 9,000 premature deaths annually in Spain. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says over 7 million premature deaths occur glob
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Nissan Leaf at Windsor Motors, Raheny, Dublin

Petrol Stations To Become Cafés

Fuel stations may become cafés when electric cars dominate, says Brian Hoey of Windsor Motors. Motorists face the unwelcome prospect of paying for their previously free charging, from 18 November 2019. The fees will help to provide a widespread network of charging points. With a twenty-minute wait during charging, Brian Hoey, Senior Sales Executive, believes many motorists will use the time to buy a coffee and sit down, adding to the fuel station’s revenue. Windsor Motors have been doubling the
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Hospital in Yemen

Yemen Aid — And Where Is The Money?

Yemen has been catapulted onto our TVs, computer screens and newspapers; the charity appeals are sobering, with images of malnourished children. A complex war both internally and externally has driven migration and of 28 million people affected, 20 million, five times the population of the island of Ireland, are said to be starving. Hand in pocket has always been a quick response, requiring little thought. Today however, people are more cautious. Why are they being asked to feed millions in the
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Shore birds at Bull Island Dublin Bay

Decline of Eurasian Curlew

The closure of Bord na Mona peat bogs to peat cutting made headlines, although it had been forewarned. The rejection of planning permission to build apartments in a school playing field in Raheny, north Dublin, similarly made headlines. Behind both those news items lies a sombre fact; the decline and threatened extinction of the Eurasian curlew. The curlew, Crotach in Irish, has been part of the Irish countryside forever, nesting in peatland, heather and marginal farmland, stalking tidal shores
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Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

My Top Ten Accessible Destinations in Ireland

1. The Chester Beatty Library. Located at the back of Dublin Castle this fascinating museum hosts the Oriental collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, whose life-size statue greets you at the door and can be touched, ideal for the visually impaired. The museum has a lift which is large enough for any wheelchair. The buttons feature Braille and the lift speaks in English and Irish. See full description here 2. The National Gallery
Clare O'Beara Cloud Light
Cloud Light. Photo: Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara Shore birds and ferry Bull Island
Waterbirds, Bull Island. Photo: Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara Public Seating at Dame Lane, Dublin 2.
Girl on Public Seating, Dame Lane. Photo: Clare O'Beara.
Clare O'Beara Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. Photo: Clare O'Beara.
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Andree Gonzalez Logo, Dublin. Photo: Clare O'Beara.
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Women in Business Panel, DBS. Photo: Clare O'Beara.
Clare O'Beara Public Seating at Dame Lane, Dublin 2.
Public Seating at Dame Lane, Dublin. Photo: Clare O'Beara.
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London City. Photo: Clare O'Beara.
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Dublin Coroner's Court. Photo: Clare O'Beara.
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