Aileen Hickie

Aileen Hickie

‘I decided I would become a continuity announcer or, at worst, a newsreader’

‘I decided I would become a continuity announcer or, at worst, a newsreader’

As she embarked on her college odyssey many years ago, Aileen Hickie wanted to be the next Thelma Mansfield. But it didn’t quite turn out that way

Raising a racket in Rome

Raising a racket in Rome

A trip to the Italian Tennis Open proves the perfect Roman holiday and a fun alternative for tennis fans who can’t make it to Wimbledon, writes Aileen Hickie

The magic of Harry Potter

The magic of Harry Potter

On the advent of the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Aileen Hickie celebrates the spellbinding series by JK Rowling

Happy Father’s Day: Finding the perfect present for the father of my children

Happy Father’s Day: Finding the perfect present for the father of my children

A collection of out-of-date aftershaves reminds Aileen Hickie of her childhood, when a manly fragrance was the only present to give on Father’s Day

Missing the points: Surviving the Leaving Cert

Missing the points: Surviving the Leaving Cert

There are few experiences as stressful as having a child in the household who is studying for the Leaving Cert, writes Aileen Hickie

First Holy Communion: The sorrowful mysteries of the fifth season

First Holy Communion: The sorrowful mysteries of the fifth season

It costs a fortune, entails a tortuous process of dress selection, and invariably results in clothes that can never be used again. Yes, it’s that time of year again – First Holy Communion time

About the rabbits

About the rabbits

A couple of little bunnies were a surprise for the kids at Easter - and what happened next was a surprise for Aileen Hickie