2015 was the Year that..

by - Thursday, December 31, 2015

That we visited Lough Boora for the first time, it's a beautiful place with an untamed feel and fantastic sculptures everywhere.

Sculpture in Lough Boora Parklands, County Offaly

Sculpture in water in Lough Boora Parklands, County Offaly.

Here's my blog post about our visit:  Lough Boora Parklands Visit.

The year that I lost my lovely Dad. It was a difficult time, being aware that his time had come and being with him till the end. Holding his hand as he left this life will be forever a special moment for me.  Here he is in his beloved Ballyheigue in County Kerry.

Val Kelliher in Ballyheigue, County Kerry

I wrote about his passing here: Saying goodbye to Dad

The year that my daughter Síomha graduated from her portfolio course and later started studying in the National College of Art and Design. I couldn't be prouder of her, especially as she was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in her Leaving Cert Year and had a really tough time.

Síomha Reid graduating from Art Portfolio course

Here's my trip down memory lane blog post: From Baby to Art Student

The year that I was diagnosed with a Carotid Artery Dissection (basically a tear in the major artery leading into the brain).  Here's a photo I took in hospital, my eye was still droopy due to nerve damage in my brain. 

Cliona Kelliher, droopy eye as a result of Horner's Syndrome

I was clueless about the condition before my diagnosis and didn't know that it would change my life and result in a long struggle to get well again.

Here are posts relating some of what I went through:

The year we visited Glasgow (and Edinburgh) for the first time. I completely fell in love with Glasgow, such a beautiful city with an amazing history, incredible architecture and museums and so much more! I particularly loved visiting all the Charles Rennie Mackintosh sites and learning about the Glasgow School Movement and Art Nouveau.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh synopsis from museum

Glasgow School of Art side view 2015

I wrote about our trip here - Glasgow Trip August 2015

We also went to Donegal around this time, as we do every year. It was a strange holiday, I wasn't allowed to swim (due to my illness) which is always the highlight of my trips to Donegal (apart from hanging out with my best friend Sue) and I really missed that and felt a little sad and depressed. We did have a nice time though and Izzy got to hang out with her friend Alannah.

Beach in Donegal, paddling

Fintra Beach silhouettes, County Donegal in August 2015

The year that I struggled with issues in work and combined frenetic end of year candle business tasks with day job whilst feeling very much under par. Happily, my candles did very well in shops and markets this year and I finally got to relax :) 

Here's where I was finishing up:  Winding Down for Christmas

It has been a strange life changing year and I'm looking forward to new things and new experiences in 2016 because no matter what happens in life, it's all part of the bigger jigsaw puzzle and we can learn and grow from every little thing.

Have a wonderful New Year everyone!

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  1. What a big year for you, so many things to endure and experience. I'm sorry you lost your father but I'm glad you were with him at the end. Hoping 2016 treats you and yours with heaps of luck and peace!

  2. You got some amazing things done this year! So sorry to hear about your dad passing. That must have been a really rough time for you! Glasgow is such a beautiful city, my hometown is about 50 minutes away by train.

  3. Sounds like it has been an eventful year for you, both good and bad. So sorry to hear about your Dad, I can't imagine how tough that must have been for you x

  4. It doesn't sound like 2015 will be a year you look back on fondly. I'm so sorry for your loss of your dad. I hope you are on the mend and feel better soon. Happy New Year and all the best for 2016.x

  5. Oh bless you! I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad :( Can't imagine life without my Dad. And sorry for yours and your daughters diagnosis' too. I hope 2016 is a better year for you and your family x

  6. Sounds like you've had a good and bad year this year! I'm sorry to hear about the death of your dad :( It must have been so tough, I really hope 2016 is your year, you deserve it :) x

  7. Bloody hell — you've had a rollercoaster of a year haven't you? I'm so sorry about your dad Cliona — and your diagnosis too — although it's brilliant that you have a handle on that and can start the road to recovery. Wishing you a very happy — healthy — and uneventful 2016! Happy new year to you and your family! xx

  8. what a rollercoaster of a year?! January always leaves me with mixed feelings, sometimes it is good to see the back of a year but sad to leave some parts of it behind.

  9. Wow, you've had a tough year of ups and downs. Amazing that you have been able to blog about it all, best of luck for 2016.

  10. I'm sorry to hear that 2015 has been tough and I'm really sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I hope that you are on the mend soon. Well done to your daughter. I hope 2016 is a much better year for you all x.

  11. I enjoyed getting to know more about you. Fatigue is not a fun thing to have and i know all about it! Thanks for sharing and good luck for 2016

  12. Goodness me you have had a roller coaster of a year. I'm so sorry about your dad passing away. I hope 2016 is full of lots of happiness and positivity x

  13. What a very up and down year its been for you. I`m so sorry to hear of your Dads passing, thats a lovely photo of him there. I hope 2016 brings you more highs than lows xxx

  14. Wow it sounds as though you've had a really full on year. Sorry to hear about your dad, but I'm thankful for your sake that you could be with him until the end. I hope 2016 is a happy year for you :-) xx

  15. Quite a roller coaster of emotions for you and your family. Well done to your daughter, such a wonderful achievement x

  16. What a rollercoaster of a year for you, you have visited some beautiful places though.