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
I’m in Dublin for a few days. Today, Mum and I went for a drive, traveling through Enniskerry and continuing on to the Sally Gap. Along the way we stopped to enjoy the magnificent views of Lough Tae, or the Guinness Lake as it is also known. As we continued our journey there were moments of … More Memory Lane.
I’ve been missing in action. A lot has been going on here and sometimes something’s got to give. Unfortunately it was blogging. However I thought I’d pop by and let you know I’m alive, but only just, because believe it or not for two weeks we’ve had ridiculously hot weather. Yes it’s been roasting for … More News Flash. Heatwave hits Ireland.
Donegal is a magical place, where the past is ever present. Visiting last week I was struck by how little it has changed in the twenty-seven years since I last saw it. This trip was something my brother and I had been speaking about for ten years, both of us desperate to once again walk … More Donegal. Memories, old and new.
Today being St Patrick’s Day, we Irish milk it for what it’s worth, with parades in towns and villages as well as in big cities all over the world. But as an Irish person what does it mean to me to be Irish?I can’t speak of the entire nation so I will just speak of … More I’m Irish… so what?
Listen up, those of you who don’t live in Ireland, as I’ve big news. We are waiting with bated breath here for the disaster that is looming this week. According to Met Eireann, or the weather forecast for those of you without Irish, the ‘Beast from the East’ is on its way. Can you believe … More Help! The Beast is coming.
I wondered today whether to post this, as Ireland is reeling in shock at the choice made by Britain to leave the EU. It seemed wrong to post something trivial when so many are fearful what may lie ahead. However Britain’s choice only makes me feel more protective and proud of my own country. We … More Come on you boys in green.
We may be a small nation of just over four million people, but we know how to party. Tonight there will be many a party around the country, celebrating the huge Yes vote in todays referendum. It is an historic day and one I am so delighted to be part of. Today we showed the … More Proud to be Irish.
I was not going to post tonight, but I have to. I have to try to explain what I feel, to try to let those of you who are not here in Ireland today understand what this extraordinary day has meant to so many. Large numbers have spent the past week listening in despair to … More I’ll have a drink while we wait!
As I’m exhausted I thought writing something mildly amusing would help. This is a true story which happened quite some time ago. I was a student nurse who had recently returned from a holiday abroad and was wildly in love. The object of my love was living a long train journey away. So one Friday … More Dublin city girl meets ‘the country’.