I’m interested in religion and difference and the dividing lines that separate the ‘us’ from the ‘them’ and the conflicts that these cause. I’m interested in beliefs and mind and thought and faith and questions of God and questions of no-God and science and quantum physics and music and emotion. I’m interested in far too many things to know about much of any. So I’m focusing on religion here. Born in Ireland, raised as Catholic, living in Dublin, lecturing (the basics of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) at Waterford Institute of Technology and doing a tiny bit of freelancing journalisming in my spare time, of which there is little and so there is near to none. Married with toddler.

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  1. Hi Colette,
    Would you be interested in writing for The irish Times on this subject? If so, please contact me at the supplied address and we can try to have a chat about it.

  2. Hi Collette, a mutual friend, Sinead O’Connell told me about your blog. I was wondering if you would be free this Friday eve between 9 and 10pm to do a telephone interview for Irish Radio International (an internet radio station) to talk about your experience of Ramadan and perhaps the Eid celebrations. I co present a weekly programme and have also just recently produced a radio documentary on the Pakistani women of Cork. It would be great if you had the time.

  3. Hi Colette,

    Just read your article n today’s Irish Times. I am making a radio documentary about Muslims n Ireland and would love to talk to you about it. Are you available?

    Peter Kearney

  4. I was trying to read your blog: Islamophobia – or not. A request: Would you consider changing the size and typeface? Also darker writing against a dull background is easy on eyes. PS: I’m using a traditional desktop. Maybe the text it appears different on tablets etc.

    • Hi – I’m not sure what the problem is. It looks okay to me but maybe it’s different depending on browser?! I will investigate further. Hope you get to read it okay. Thanks for letting me know of problem too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am sure what the problem is. Destroy Nations, kill a people, animals, this is a Bible-
    Story for the Childrensbible! Pervers and perfid!,

    Atheist 100%!!!

  6. Hi Colette,
    I am a final year architecture student. I have been in contact with Fiona Murphy who suggested that I contact you. I am currently doing my thesis on religious minorities in Ireland occupying unexpected spaces. Would it be possible to meet with you for a chat?

  7. Hi,
    I’m a Post Primary teacher and researcher, my research is focused on the Experiences of Non Catholic students in Irish Post Primary schools. I’m currently doing background research and would be grateful of any assistance you could offer.

  8. Hi Colette,

    I work for the RTร‰ religious department and I would love to contact you in private about a a new RTร‰ show starting recording next week called Spirit Level, it is hosted by Joe Duffy and he will be covering a different topic on each show with a wide range of different religious bieliefs having an input. Next weeks shows covers, on Wednesday apparitions and pilgrimages, and on Thursday death and religion. I thought you might be intersted in coming along as an audience member for one of the shows?

    If you are interested you can contact me on david.mcmanus@rte.ie or if you want to discuss further e-mail me and i can forward on my number

  9. Hi Colette, My name is Jasmine McShane and I am doing a project on Hinduism and its members commitment to non violence. I was wondering if you had any information on the way people in Ireland (those who aren’t Hindu) interact with Irish and International Hindus. I was also wondering if have any contacts or any possible links that I could use to source information on how members of Hinduism live life, and if non violence is key to their lives in terms of following their religion. I can imagine you are busy, but any information you could give me would be much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for having such an interesting website, it’s very informative and well articulated, nice to read about the growing awareness of our multicultural Ireland.
    Best wishes ~ Jasmine McShane.,

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