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Andrea Cleghorn, a writing lifeme.

About Me

            TV Debut: Dispatches From Ireland


The big news right now is that my media coverage of Ireland has expanded from newspaper to video. Starting in December 2018, I have been bringing the travel stories home to Bedford TV and simultaneously to YouTube with the same title as The Bedford Citizen columns, Dispatches From Ireland. They are interviews with people I meet in my Irish travels, gathered from the Sunny Southeast, The Wild Atlantic Way, and places in between. So far there are seven episodes. 


Links to Dispatches From Ireland on YouTube are : 

Skellig Michael #1 -

Packie's chef #2 -

Director Michael Dunbar #3 -

Poet Faye Boland #4 -

Polar Explorer Aileen Crean #5 -


Novelist Molly McCloskey #6 - 

Head Gardener at St. Stephen's Green #7 -


Link for  St. Patrick's Day story in The Bedford Citizen, Ireland For Dogs' Sake:  and another for St. Paddy's Day this year, Lost, and Eventually Found, In Ireland, Note: Other stories are listed in The Bedford Citizen archives under my name.

Mussels at the Sailor's Bar in County Kerry in Ireland come from beds right across the road. The pint is local, too. 

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Bookseller Lael Robertson points out that my memoir, The Whipple Brunch, is a staff recommendation at Christopher's Books in San Francisco (as is Bernie Sanders' book, left).  



Rosie's Place

The Whipple Brunch

Life in Lexington


Newspapers & Magazines

Boston Herald

(N.Y.) Daily News

Lexington Minute-man

Life Magazine

Publishers Weekly

Intermezzo Magazine

The Bedford Citizen

The Concord Journal

Middlesex News

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Vancouver Columbian

Raleigh News & Observer

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic

 Intermezzo Magazine (US & Irish eds.)

Teen Magazine

USA Shuttle

PC Week



Bachelor of Arts,  Journalism

Master of Social Work, LCSW

Certification in Life Coaching





Hi, I'm Daisy, a Portuguese Water Dog. I came from my home in Wicklow to stay with Big Lu and Milly in County Wexford. They are mentioned  in the Ireland for Dogs' Sake in The Bedford Citizen; I'm not, not that I'm complaining.


And I'm Martin Hallissey, chef at Packie's restaurant in Kenmare. I'm holding the freshest beets in town, just delivered by Billy Clifford the greengrocer.  Our fish comes from Castletownbere.


Meet Martin in Episode #2 of "Dispatches From Ireland" hosted by Andrea Cleghorn on YouTube. 

      Bringing Survivor's Perspective to Cancer Panel

As a survivor of cancer in the pancreas, I was nominated to serve on the Massachusetts Special Legislative Commission to Study Pancreatic Cancer. It is the work of the 15-member panel to research ways to increase awareness and provide education for the patients of this fast growing disease.  On the panel are surgeons, members of the medical community, caretakers, legislators, activists, a representative of the Department of Public Health. The report of our findings and our recommendations will, through the Department of Health and Human Services, go to the Massachusetts Legislature. 

My memoir, The Whipple Brunch: A Journey Through Cancer, continues to bring me in touch with people who have gone through the Whipple Procedure or who are considering it.  Right: I was sworn in as a Commissioner at Concord  Town Hall.                            


Being sworn in

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