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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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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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Chengdu hosted a fashion photo shoot. Art displayed in Dublin.

Year of the Ox

Greetings for Lunar New Year! This is a traditional festival for Chinese people, based on the new moon calendar, which is now celebrated in Dublin too. During the Lunar New Year of 2020, the DBS Journalism Society visited a weekend afternoon of music, dancing and other traditional entertainments from Chengdu, a city in Sichuan Province. Families were thoroughly enjoying the spectacle. We saw traditional dances, magic tricks, formal tea-pouring, puppetry, the Long Silk Dance, the face-changing a
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Fire safety

Fire Safety Awareness Winners

The Journalism Society held a contest to raise fire safety awareness during January. This was open to the whole college. Entrants had to photograph an item relating to fire safety, such as a fire exit or fire extinguisher. A separate prize was given for a scavenger hunt, in which entrants had to photograph as many different fire safety related items as they could find. Speaking as someone who was staying in a London hotel when the fire alarms went off in the middle of the night, I can say tha
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Art opening

Photography Exhibition by Susan Sweeney

A year ago the Journalism Society was among those who were invited to attend the opening of DBS lecturer Susan Sweeney’s photography exhibition. Susan had invited friends in the arts to compose short poems about some of the artworks, and these were each read at the opening, which created an interactive and involving atmosphere. The title of the collection was Ekphrasis2020. According to Oxford Languages, this is “the use of detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device.” We
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Web Writing – Part One, Content and Copy work on the web

Welcome to the first part of a short series on how to write for the web, and how to make your work look as professional as possible. Content and copy work on the web I’ve been a content provider and content manager for Fresh Fiction.com, a media website based in Texas, since 2012. I’m also an author who has been publishing through Amazon since 2013, and a final year journalism student. Copy is what journalists write. They send perhaps 500 words of copy to the copy editor. Editors edit; get us
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Diwali Challenge Art

Visit to Diwali at DBS

The Festival of Light or Diwali looked like the best fun I would have all week, so I booked my place and turned up at the Online Common Room. Because this was a party, I dressed up and brought my own coffee. I really regret not visiting the in-person event last year, but we always think we’ll have time to do something. Next year I advise all students to make the time to attend Diwali! About 30 people attended the Zoom meeting with some dropping in as they had time. To start, we were greeted by
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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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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

Fiction Work

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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 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

Recent Work

Web Writing — Part Seven, Crediting and Creative Commons

In Part Six, we looked at legal issues around posting on your blog. A highly important aspect of blogging or web work is giving credit where it is due. This relates to any form of media content. You can’t just copy a paragraph or scrape a film, because that content is somebody’s copyright. Try to get written permission or a licence to use material. If you can’t manage it, paraphrase, quote a line with attribution and discuss your own point of view. Or go and take your own photo. Credit images a

Web Writing — Part Eight, Covering a Conference

If you can take notes in class, you can cover a United Nations conference. This experience could lead in to journalism or office work, diplomatic or committee secretary posts. You can do this for free, for your own blog or elsewhere, and put it on your CV. I recently attended a virtual conference on marine plastic waste held in Viet Nam by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and here’s what I did. Get experience first. This might be taking minutes at a college society meeting, or

Year of the Ox

Greetings for Lunar New Year! This is a traditional festival for Chinese people, based on the new moon calendar, which is now celebrated in Dublin too. During the Lunar New Year of 2020, the DBS Journalism Society visited a weekend afternoon of music, dancing and other traditional entertainments from Chengdu, a city in Sichuan Province. Families were thoroughly enjoying the spectacle. We saw traditional dances, magic tricks, formal tea-pouring, puppetry, the Long Silk Dance, the face-changing a
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Chengdu hosted a fashion photo shoot. Art displayed in Dublin.

Year of the Ox

Greetings for Lunar New Year! This is a traditional festival for Chinese people, based on the new moon calendar, which is now celebrated in Dublin too. During the Lunar New Year of 2020, the DBS Journalism Society visited a weekend afternoon of music, dancing and other traditional entertainments from Chengdu, a city in Sichuan Province. Families were thoroughly enjoying the spectacle. We saw traditional dances, magic tricks, formal tea-pouring, puppetry, the Long Silk Dance, the face-changing a

Exhibition of photography by Local artist Pete Smyth

The arts are good for us, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal in December 2019. Attending even one or two museum, gallery or theatre events during the year was found to correlate with a longer lifespan. The Journalism Society received an invitation to attend the opening of a photography exhibition by Pete Smyth during November 2019. Visiting galleries while in college could spark the habit of a lifetime, and as well as improving health, it gives the visitors something t

Web Writing- Part Six, Legal issues

The Web is full of content so how do we know what is allowed? In Part Four, we looked at setting up your own blog. If you put something on the web, you are publishing that piece. If you write something original, or take a photo or video clip, you hold the copyright. Using someone else’s material is breach of their copyright. A firm of lawyers exists solely to write to people and point out that Biro needs to be capitalised. Trademarks need capitals. Another firm profits by contacting American

Web Writing — Part Five, Search Engine Optimisation

Why do we need SEO? Organic, or natural, search results are from visitors naturally searching for your content, or your site ranking high because of its content and reputation. Otherwise, firms need to pay for advertising to draw attention. Keeping up with how search engines work is like running on an ever-changing racetrack. While the people behind various engines don’t tell us all their inner workings, I’ve provided some of the better established facts to help anyone setting up her own blog

Fire Safety Awareness Winners

The Journalism Society held a contest to raise fire safety awareness during January. This was open to the whole college. Entrants had to photograph an item relating to fire safety, such as a fire exit or fire extinguisher. A separate prize was given for a scavenger hunt, in which entrants had to photograph as many different fire safety related items as they could find. Speaking as someone who was staying in a London hotel when the fire alarms went off in the middle of the night, I can say tha

Photography Exhibition by Susan Sweeney

A year ago the Journalism Society was among those who were invited to attend the opening of DBS lecturer Susan Sweeney’s photography exhibition. Susan had invited friends in the arts to compose short poems about some of the artworks, and these were each read at the opening, which created an interactive and involving atmosphere. The title of the collection was Ekphrasis2020. According to Oxford Languages, this is “the use of detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device.” We

Web Writing — Part Four, Setting up a page or site

Welcome to the fourth article of this series. In Part One we looked at writing content for other people’s sites, and Part Three focused on American sites. Now let’s look at what to put on your own site, remembering the lessons of Part Two about writing detail. Unless you have your own webspace, you’ll probably start on an established platform like WordPress, Wix, Blogger. Titles are deemed to be too short for copyright. But you should search for your proposed title. See how many sites of that n

Web Writing — Part Three, American style and CMF

Welcome to part three of the guide to presenting web work professionally. In Part One we started work as a content provider, and in Part Two we looked at writing detail. Now we should realise that many of the world’s English language websites are located in North America. This means that if you live elsewhere, you have a huge market to serve, but you need to adapt to their readers and editors. American websites, like Fresh Fiction, a media site based in Texas which sends me e-books to review, w

Web Writing — Part one, Content and Copy work on the web

Welcome to the first part of a short series on how to write for the web, and how to make your work look as professional as possible. Content and copy work on the web I’ve been a content provider and content manager for Fresh Fiction.com, a media website based in Texas, since 2012. I’m also an author who has been publishing through Amazon since 2013, and a final year journalism student. Copy is what journalists write. They send perhaps 500 words of copy to the copy editor. Editors edit; get us

Web Writing — Part Two, Writing detail

In Part One we looked at how to get assigned to a web post or choose to write one, and the kind of work this can provide. Now you have a post set up and a topic to cover. Let’s look at the detail of the content writing itself. Write in a word processor. Don’t type directly onto the screen unless it’s absolutely unavoidable. The spell and grammar check can save you from having to go into a post and correct something later. Sentences should not get too long and paragraphs should be not more than
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Pete Smith at opening of Local exhibition

Exhibition of photography by Local artist Pete Smyth

The arts are good for us, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal in December 2019. Attending even one or two museum, gallery or theatre events during the year was found to correlate with a longer lifespan. The Journalism Society received an invitation to attend the opening of a photography exhibition by Pete Smyth during November 2019. Visiting galleries while in college could spark the habit of a lifetime, and as well as improving health, it gives the visitors something t
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Laptop, books and fruit

Web Writing- Part Six, Legal issues

The Web is full of content so how do we know what is allowed? In Part Four, we looked at setting up your own blog. If you put something on the web, you are publishing that piece. If you write something original, or take a photo or video clip, you hold the copyright. Using someone else’s material is breach of their copyright. A firm of lawyers exists solely to write to people and point out that Biro needs to be capitalised. Trademarks need capitals. Another firm profits by contacting American
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Student working

Web Writing — Part Four, Setting up a page or site

Welcome to the fourth article of this series. In Part One we looked at writing content for other people’s sites, and Part Three focused on American sites. Now let’s look at what to put on your own site, remembering the lessons of Part Two about writing detail. Unless you have your own webspace, you’ll probably start on an established platform like WordPress, Wix, Blogger. Titles are deemed to be too short for copyright. But you should search for your proposed title. See how many sites of that n
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Fire safety

Fire Safety Awareness Winners

The Journalism Society held a contest to raise fire safety awareness during January. This was open to the whole college. Entrants had to photograph an item relating to fire safety, such as a fire exit or fire extinguisher. A separate prize was given for a scavenger hunt, in which entrants had to photograph as many different fire safety related items as they could find. Speaking as someone who was staying in a London hotel when the fire alarms went off in the middle of the night, I can say tha
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Art opening

Photography Exhibition by Susan Sweeney

A year ago the Journalism Society was among those who were invited to attend the opening of DBS lecturer Susan Sweeney’s photography exhibition. Susan had invited friends in the arts to compose short poems about some of the artworks, and these were each read at the opening, which created an interactive and involving atmosphere. The title of the collection was Ekphrasis2020. According to Oxford Languages, this is “the use of detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device.” We
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Monitors at RTE

Web Writing — Part Five, Search Engine Optimisation

Why do we need SEO? Organic, or natural, search results are from visitors naturally searching for your content, or your site ranking high because of its content and reputation. Otherwise, firms need to pay for advertising to draw attention. Keeping up with how search engines work is like running on an ever-changing racetrack. While the people behind various engines don’t tell us all their inner workings, I’ve provided some of the better established facts to help anyone setting up her own blog
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Fresh Fiction review

Web Writing — Part Three, American style and CMF

Welcome to part three of the guide to presenting web work professionally. In Part One we started work as a content provider, and in Part Two we looked at writing detail. Now we should realise that many of the world’s English language websites are located in North America. This means that if you live elsewhere, you have a huge market to serve, but you need to adapt to their readers and editors. American websites, like Fresh Fiction, a media site based in Texas which sends me e-books to review, w
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Cloud Light. Photo: Clare O'Beara
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Girl on Public Seating, Dame Lane. Photo: Clare O'Beara.
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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.
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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.
Longhair Chihuahua
This Saluki appeared out of the morning mist.
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