Is the Irish sport of hurling the most underappreciated game in the world ?

( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase) The Irish sport of hurling is, to my mind, the most beautiful, skilful game in the world. Arguably the oldest field game in the world,Continue reading “Is the Irish sport of hurling the most underappreciated game in the world ?”

A visit to Glendalough

      ( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase) Glendalaugh is a beautiful valley in the heart of Wicklow. It is famed both for its monastic heritage and natural beauty. IContinue reading “A visit to Glendalough”

Country Under Wave – An Irish Story

( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase) No day in this realm is without its beauty. But it takes a special kind of spirit to appreciate these grey, sunless days of ourContinue reading “Country Under Wave – An Irish Story”

A cup of tea in Ireland

( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase)   The cup of tea is an Irish institution. Of course all cultures have tea ceremonies. The Japanese have their elaborate, intricate ritual of precisionContinue reading “A cup of tea in Ireland”

“Isn’t it awfull far from home some people live!”

( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase)   I thought I’d combine a book review with a continuation of my travelogue. I’m in what is to me something of a nowhere town.Continue reading ““Isn’t it awfull far from home some people live!””

Album Review: Liam O Connor, The Loom

This is Liam O Connor’s first solo album and more then confirms his place amongst the elite of Irish fiddle players. The playing is joyful, fresh, innovative and considered. A Dublin born musician, he follows in the musical footsteps of fellow Dublin fiddle players, Paddy and Seamus Glackin, Sean Keane and especially Tommy Potts whoContinue reading “Album Review: Liam O Connor, The Loom”

How Catholic is Ireland today ?

( Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commision if you click through and make a purchase)   It certainly is a current issue at the heart of our zeitgeist at present. Switch on a radio this week or have a lookContinue reading “How Catholic is Ireland today ?”

Flute meeting, Cruinniú na Flúit

If you are looking for some genuine good craic and great music this weekend April 20-22nd, you can’t go wrong with the flute meeting (Cruinniú na Flúit) in Ballyvourney.  This festival has become an annual event and draws flute players (and other musicians) from all over Ireland and indeed the world. Ballyvourney is a smallContinue reading “Flute meeting, Cruinniú na Flúit”