I was attacked with a knife by a hallucinating lady…

“It’s funny when people come across my Instagram profile and see all these pretty pictures and delicious food photos. Some of them probably think, ‘Ah she is just another girl with a silver spoon in her mouth.’ But, really, I came into the blogging world from very different, not-so-glamorous background. I used to work for a homeless community as a detox nurse. I spent years working 12-hour-shifts on my own, at night around people with addiction issues. These charities have to save wherever they can so they didn’t provide a security at night. The official policy was, if something happens, you lock the office door and call the police. That was it. And even if you called the police they were slow to come because they were sick of acting as our guards. I had to wait three hours once while a client was trying to kick the door in on me. I was attacked with a knife by a hallucinating lady who was detoxing really badly after heavy alcohol abuse, and I was threatened in many occasions. It was dangerous at times but I really enjoyed working there. I got to meet and listen to stories from some very unlucky but wonderful people and it taught me a lot about life. I remember when the blog started taking off, I was going to these glamorous events where everybody is beautiful and right after, I would start my night shift assisting people with seizures after coming off alcohol and drugs… It definitely gave me a better sense of the spectrum of Dublin and its people.”

This is Sarah Hanrahan, owner of the ‘I Came Undone’ blog. Sarah was nominated and shortlisted for ‘Best Dub’ category, one of the 16 categories for 98FM’s Best of Dublin Awards. Vote for your favourite Dublin people and places here http://www.98fm.com/bestofdublin