Freelance syndicate

It is proposed to launch a Freelance Syndicate using this platform at the end of August. It complements the business at www.letsgoexploring.co.uk and contributors can write on any subject, but if it could be about Hispanic heritage, culture and the environment, that would be great.

We definitely need a political journalist, an economics and business journalist, a young person looking at young person’s issues. We have now recruited a budding young journalist, Sarah McGuinness. She is a special case, and we hope that the more experienced journalists and writers on here will help her out. You need to either be experienced or a graduate in media studies to pitch.

The members

Lissa Oliver

Lissa Oliver is a best-selling author and award-winning horseracing journalist. Based in Kildare and specialising in welfare and mental health, she writes for the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Racehorse Trainers Association and European racehorse trainers’ federations, among many other industry bodies and publications. She has been nominated for Horserace Writer of the Year at the UK Derby Awards every year since 2008, winning a Special Commendation and twice runner-up.

Of her four published novels and a collection of short stories, ‘Nero – The Last Caesar’ was nominated for awards including the James Tait and BBC History; ‘Gala Day’ was nominated for the Silver Dagger; and ‘Chantilly Dawns’ went to No.1 on Amazon and Kindle in March 2019. The critically-acclaimed ‘Sainte Bastien’ is her most recent novel.

Lissa teaches Creative Writing with the ETB and is a professional Mentor with the Irish Writers’ Centre. She is the current Chairman of the Irish Writers’ Union, as well as sitting on the Board of Directors of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency. See Lissa’s page.

Tina at an environmental rally in Dublin

Tina Irving has written many travel articles, including for the Lady, Travel thru History, New Panorama, Market Place. As a journalist, she has written for the John o Groats Journal and the Press and Journal in Scotland, Euro Weekly and Sur in English in Spain, and many web sites. She has self published two books “Creating the North Highland Way” and “the Battle for Brough Bay”. She is now about to submit the synopsis for the book “Scotland is not the UK” – as antithesis to “Catalonia is not Spain” by Simon Harris. See Tina’s page.


Awww – Keith and his dog.

Keith Nichol worked for the Belfast Telegraph and now works in Spain. He is a keen environmentalist.

The world is changing. From climate change, to electric cars and bikes, a return to glass bottles and paper-bags away from plastic: everywhere you look, change in in the air. Our syndicate of journalists, bloggers and activists is dedicated to highlighting ‘change’, with the focus on opening minds and engaging discussion, rather than just providing negative commentary, which is often the ‘norm’ for many of today’s ‘commentators. Through print media, social networking and the internet, our writer’s syndicate is focused on changing the world for the better. If you’d like to join us and maybe make your ‘words’ become a catalyst to help change attitudes and viewpoints, please contact us at:


Sarah McGuinness

Sarah Mc Guinness is 18 years old. I just completed my Leaving Cert in June and am thrilled to be going on to study journalism in DCU this September. I have always had a special interest in writing and love using it as a creative outlet to express my views and experiences as a young woman in the 21st century. From starting a personal blog in transition year to now having the opportunity to study my passion at third level, I am beyond grateful to have my writing being published for you all to read, and am extremely excited to see what the future holds as I set out on my career as an aspiring journalist! See Sarah’s page.


Green is best… don’t print if you don’t have to. Travel on sustainable transport.

Harley Davidson Rally – Newcastle… by Tina Irving

Here is one article to kick it off. This is in no way the official report by the Belfast Harley Davidson Committee but one journalist’s view of the great event.

News from Spain

Noted in the Top 10 Business magazine that a Spanish firm could buy Bombardier Northern Ireland base. Aernova has submitted an expression of interest after reviewing an offer document from Bombardier.

Reasons to join us.. we focus on the environment with our Green Academy, Hispanic links with Ireland, both north and south, Scotland, and Spain.

One of the young men from Mullavilly Parish Church went on a mission to Paraguay recently. You can see his blog here.

Mexico are coming on line shortly, as well as Lincolnshire and France…both with Spanish links… watch this space!

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