While holidaying in heaven recently, (Allihies, West Cork) yer man and myself went to visit Dzoghen Beara. It’s a buddhist retreat centre between Castletownbere and Allihies. We’d not been there before. Well, that’s not exactly true. We drove into it about fourteen years ago and on getting out of the car were struck by the … More And… Breathe
Time to share another of my Irish Examiner, ‘It’s my life,’ columns. Hope it makes you smile. Growing up, I was guilty of believing Dublin was the centre of the universe. For myself, and my childhood friends, where you came from was simple, either you were from Dublin, or the country. Of course, now that I’ve been living … More There I am in the paper #69
I’m back from holiday’s feeling refreshed, my mind filled with a hundred images of spectacular views which thankfully are hard to forget. Sometimes I wish I did social media more so I could share with others the magic of a small village in West Cork called Allihies on the Beara peninsula. For over twenty years … More Allihies… a little piece of heaven.
I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us have our own special place on Earth, a place where we can go, either daily or once in a while, which washes over us a sense of peace we can find nowhere else. I returned yesterday from my such a place. It’s a small … More Welcome to Paradise.
When my children were babies I dreamed of a day, many years in the future, when I would enjoy a weekend away without them. I watched others with older children and imagined their easier lives. My ultimate dream was to one day enjoy the sights and sounds of Allihies… alone. Those years have flown past, … More Echoes in the hills of Allihies.
I have returned, reluctantly, to the real world after an amazing weekend in Allihies, courtesy of “yer man”, as a gift for my birthday. In almost twenty years of visiting, I have rarely seen the skies so blue. The words of William Henry Davies sprang to mind on more than one occasion. “What is this … More Welcome to Allihies. West Cork, Ireland.
Do you ever have present envy? You know when your friend has a birthday and the love of their life buys them a wonderful present, a piece of jewelry, or surprises them with a weekend away, somewhere luxurious, with all manner of spoiling thrown in for good measure? Do you ever say, “Oh how lovely … More Present envy?
Have you a place you like to go where you find total peace? Maybe it is indoors within your own home, or a local spot you go to, to walk or to sit. A place that over the years has shared your tears and laughter? I remember when my father knew he was dying he … More Where do you go to find peace?
As we begin to see the mountains of Beara ahead my heart always skips a beat. I was born and reared in Dublin. Irelands capital, in a semi detatched house in a housing estate. However my parents came from Donegal in the North of Ireland, and we used to travel there quite a … More Ireland in all it’s hidden glory.
If you had the choice of a night away where would you go? Would you stay in Ireland? If so would you go to a town or a remote area? Would you choose to stay in a hotel or a house? Lucky me. I am away for a night next week. Now don’t get me … More Come see one of Irelands hidden treasures.