Mark Grealish

Cats and wizardry.


2018

May


Dun Laoghaire Sunset

Took these back in early May on a gorgeous warm evening after a day out in Killiney and Dalkey.

Weekend Runs

Saturday’s run was Tour de Knocknarea. A friend and I spent the weekend in Strandhill in Sligo. We had our own plans made for Saturday morning, mine being to run a loop around Knocknarea. It looked easy on paper, ten kilometres in a circle back to the start. Right? Hah! The southeast side of the […]

This Be The Verse

Poem by Philip Larkin, shared with me by a friend. They fuck you up, your mum and dad.    They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had    And add some extra, just for you. But they were fucked up in their turn    By fools in old-style hats and […]

Pretty Neighbourhood Kitty

He got the scratchies from me. 🐱

Strandhill Snapshots

Well as you could have guessed from the runs, I went to Strandhill last weekend with a friend. My most excellent company aside, it felt so good to be back in Sligo and the northwest for its own sake. I ran, we walked, we got burned under the sun and enjoyed fantastic food and beer […]

Andddddd We Drunk Called Friends

(Sorry Jenny!) At some point I’ll have to blog about Asheron’s Call and its effect on our lives. The AC community, more than any other I’ve known, came together as people in real life. For now, yeah, we had a great time over a couple of drinks in Dublin. :D

factory_bot Email Factory

While hardly a world-shattering bit of code, I’ve found this super useful for reuse. :D FactoryBot.define do factory :email_address, class: String do skip_create transient do sequence(:address) { |n| "factory_email_#{n}@example.com" } end initialize_with do new address if address end end end Call inside a factory thus: FactoryBot.define do factory :foobar do email { create :email_address } […]

Killaspugbrone, Strandhill, Co. Sligo