The River Liffey is Dublin’s most famous river and flows through the city centre. The name is derived from Magh Life – An Life, or the plain of Life in County Kildare through which the river flows. A gentle rain shower accompanied me as I walked along it today. It would be nice to see it cleaned up. I believe we could do it. It … Continue reading Rainbow over the River Liffey
Old Glory is a nickname for the flag of the United States. The original flag was owned by sea captain William Driver who flew the flag during his career at sea and then brought it to Nashville, Tennessee (sea) which is the sister city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, a city with a massive ship building history. It was flying low today on my morning walk. … Continue reading ‘Old Glory’ in the quiet seclusion of Phoenix Park
One of my friend’s has just finished reading The Plague by Albert Camus. Its the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran. Another friend suggested I look like I’m about to go into a fighting scene of Game of Thrones. The series is filmed around Ballintoy Harbor close to where the picture above and below were taken. It got me thinking … Continue reading The Plague
This is the week the whole world was ordered to stay indoors. I have not experienced anything quite like it, EVER, in my lifetime. Have you? As I slow down, do my social distancing and hand washing, I become more aware. A deeper appreciate for nature kicks in. My walking is restricted to within 2 km from home. Warnings of fines help me obey. Simple … Continue reading The great INdoors
This is the time to be slow Lie low to the wall Till the bitter weather passes, Try, as best you can, not to let The wire brush of doubt Scrape from yourself All sense of yourself And your hesitant light If you remain generous Time will come good; And you will find your feet again On fresh pastures of promise, Where the air will … Continue reading A time to be slow
Yesterday I took the tràin from Dublin to Galway with my good friend Frank. We had a great chat on the train and enjoyed exploring a few places in and around Eyre Square. Frank has worked with many groups in Galway for 5 years so it was good to get his perspective on this vibrant city in the west of Ireland. The group below made … Continue reading What’s the craic in Galway ?
“A lone figure is waving From the thin line of a bridge Of ropes and slates, slung Dangerously out between The cliff-top and the pillar rock.” Seamus Heaney I was terrified crossing The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge as a child. I don’t have a head for heights. Telling me to not look down didn’t help either. The thin slates beneath my feet felt too slippery. How … Continue reading What makes YOU brave?
“The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement is a precious gift and it is incumbent on the politicians of today to make the most of it.” –Bill Clinton. I pushed the Millar doorbell and a mighty bee buzzed around my head in a slow and haphazard fashion. I was surprised by its size. It was a sign of Spring. The bees are coming. Indoors I enjoyed one of … Continue reading A celtic passion at Clonard Monastery