Ireland


Jimmy MacCarthy (et al)


    Yesterday we left Cork to return to France after ten days in Ireland over Easter. I’m always sad to leave, but yesterday I was desolé because Jimmy (“Ride On”) MacCarthy was playing a concert last night in the Cork Opera House. I’ve been...

Lá Fhéile Bríde, the Feast Day of St Brigid


This morning’s Facebook post: “Lá Fhéile Bríde.  Traditionally in Ireland, the day to cut the first furrow.  Brigid was some Biddy….patron of women, farm animals, children and artists, artisans and poetry.  Along with Queen Maeve, she is one of our first feted feminists, famous most...

Ireland Professor of Poetry


    At a ceremony in in Trinity College Dublin on Friday, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins named Paula Meehan as Ireland Professor of Poetry 2013.  It is a huge honour. Paula Meehan is a very small woman with a voice that reaches deep...

Not Quite a Towering Inferno, Dublin in Horse Show Week


    I had an assignation in Dublin – well two actually, but we won’t talk about that – so I flew in yesterday, Tuesday, at noon. It is August, it is Horseshow Week and Bewleys in Ballsbridge was full, the daughter had chosen this...

Love Your Brain. Kevin Pearce and the Crash Reel


  If you know Shanagarry Pottery, Stephen Pearce Pottery or Simon Pearce Glass, if you worry about someone who participates in dangerous sports, who has gone to war and  has suffered a traumatic brain injury, if you are interested in snow sports and the cool...

Exam Time


My Dear Nieces and Nephews Brian, Saorla, Ben and Hannah, John and Alison,   Today you started your important State exams, your Leaving Certificate and your Junior Certificate in different exam halls from Meath and Dublin to Cork and Limerick.  Each of you got every...

The Bol Weevil 4: Househunting on Radio


  The Irish radio and television presenter Pat Kenny read my blog about househunting in Dublin a couple of weeks ago and invited me to talk to him about the search on his daily talk show on RTE Radio 1 (Radio Telefís Eireann, the national broadcaster.)...

This is My Hadji Bey


  This is my Hadji Bey, this is the Bey I will remember the day I’m dying……   Hadji Bey is a sweet memory for Corkonians. Hadji Bey was a Christian Armenian named Harutun Batmazian who arrived in Cork from London at the turn of...

Eurovision in a Cowshed


It was twenty years ago today…….. and my nephew Thomas’ First Communion day.  It was also the day that Ireland hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in what one English journalist described as “a cowshed.”* It was actually the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, an equestrian...

The Boll Weevil 3: On the Waterfront


                                  Back in Ireland this week looking for an interim property towards a home in which we might gracefully decline (when we get older losing our hair, many years...