Musings


Celebrate the Silence of the Snowflakes


      Dreams. The re-telling of which is, I am aware, of zilch interest to anyone apart from the dreamer. However, this might elicit amusement from Corkonians of the Art+Love circle; that wide but narrow clique  from the Palace and The Group via the...

“To Sarah 1999”


    To Sara, 1999 by Bill Jones Nearly sixteen years ago, you made your way into this world, calm and quiet, with none of the fuss or emergency of Sean and Nate. Mom didn’t break a sweat. When you started crawling, you strutted, hands...

BOWIE


  Monday morning. Wake up world, David Bowie is dead. Reflex reaction is “may he rest in peace” but there’s no emotion; this icon passed me by.   Three days later I’m saturated in techicolour, glitter, smoke and stardust, gold and silver, music, cigarettes, coifs,...

I’s Bucket Challenge


  A few days ago, a friend named me to take up the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Sorry, no d’ice. I am not taking up the Ice Bucket Challenge, because I don’t want to….which in a way is more difficult than doing it, because it is...

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...

The Geldofs


    Families have tragedies and bear them – or not – and we never know, because they are not famous.  Bob Geldof of Dun Laoghaire, south county Dublin, didn’t just have 15 minutes of fame in the mid 1970s as lead singer with the...

Towels


  Today is the feast of Saint Veronica. She is remembered because as a witness on the side of the road, she felt pity for a condemned man forced to carry a cross through Jerusalem to the hill at Calvary where he would be impaled...

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...

Return of the iBlog: The Museum of Fascinating Articles


  Hello, I’m back. I’m not presuming you missed me, but in a way, I missed me. Remember the old buses, which had an open platform where the conductor stood and a pole to grip as you boarded or alighted?  In the past while my...

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...