July 30, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — by melaniedawn @ 4:50 pm

I’ve been wondering how to put all this Irish Mail on Sunday business behind me for a couple of months now, and also been wishing something positive could come out of the whole thing .. simply because when it comes flooding back (and it does quite a lot right now), it would be nice to be able to say ‘well at least something good happened’.

I was finally able to achieve that last month. Since the ‘apology’ was printed in The Mail, the only outstanding matter was the issue of breached copyright with my photo. I had been getting a lot of advice from different people ranging from ‘you can name your price’ to ‘you’ll have to sue them to get a penny’. I never wanted any money from those people but at the same time, felt they should pay in some way for the hurt that was caused.

The Mail’s offer was ..  ‘a once off payment of 150 euro .. in the circumstances that the picture was used’.

The solution came to me on Friday June 19th as I sat in the garden browsing through Facebook. On the Discover Killaloe page, there was details of the Pink Ribbon 10K walk for Breast Cancer the following day. I instantly registered. It seemed the perfect thing to do with The Mail’s ‘compensation’.









Saturday was a scorcher of a day, and after initial nerves (I’d never done anything like this on my own before, and wasn’t entirely sure I was fit enough), I set off with over 500 other participants. One hour and thirty seven minutes later, I was at the finish line, eating a burger and drinking a smoothie laid on by the organisers. I was so glad to have done it.







I’m now very happy to be able to link the whole Mail ‘experience’ with such a positive outcome.  I feel this chapter is now finally closed and I can completely move on.









I won’t be writing this blog anymore, it started out something I really enjoyed doing but I can’t look at it fondly any more. Thank you all for reading it, some of you from the start, some of you when the juicy stuff started 😉 I’ll start another blog sometime soon, maybe annonymously .. who knows ….. 😉



  1. I do hope you keep writing—and find some joy in it. You’re very good at it! (and I’m a post “stuff” fan)

    Comment by joan — July 30, 2010 @ 5:52 pm |Reply

  2. Well written Mel – you have been through a lot with this and I am glad that you have found the strength to put this behind you.

    Well done on completing the Pink Ribbon 10K walk and you know that the money will be going to such a worthy cause.

    Comment by sheila2010 — August 2, 2010 @ 6:08 pm |Reply

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