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Saving Summer

Sep 3, 2013 | Comments Off on Saving Summer

Saving Summer I always linger when I reach Querrin crossroads in west Clare to look down on the waters of the Shannon Estuary. It is just a few minutes to the pier from where I can gaze across to Scattery Island and its sturdy round tower. In August, the road between crossroads and pier is…

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Following in an Artist’s Footsteps

Jun 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Following in an Artist’s Footsteps

Interesting collaborative arts project following in the footsteps of Paul Henry in Achill and Connemara. Welcome.

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National Seashore Cape Cod: A half-dozen list

Jun 11, 2013 | Comments Off on National Seashore Cape Cod: A half-dozen list

The outer coast area of Cape Cod stretching from Chatham to Provincetown has been protected since President Kennedy signed the National Seashore legislation in 1961. I have just returned from a week there and offer my half-dozen ‘to-do’ list: Spend a few hours at the National Seashore visitor centre at Eastham to immerse yourself in…

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Loop Head: My Half Dozen List

May 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

Great to see Loop Head coming out tops in the Irish Times best place to holiday in Ireland competition. I have been visiting there for over a decade and it has grown on me year after year. Just last week I walked at the water’s edge around the light house to the sound of the…

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Astray in Erris

Apr 18, 2013 | Comments Off on Astray in Erris

Glad to see The Irish Times recently publish my nomination of Erris in its Best Place to Holiday in Ireland series. This is a hidden gem in the north-west corner of my native County Mayo that is immortalised as the setting of J M Synge’s drama The Playboy of the Western World.

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Guided Around The Great Western Greenway

Feb 14, 2013 | Comments Off on Guided Around The Great Western Greenway

Iris Galloway, in her guide to the The Great Western Greenway – ‘the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland’ – expresses the hope that her book will enhance the experience of this unique trail for walkers and cyclists. She succeeds admirably in her aim by welding together history, folklore, rich information on the…

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Achill Island a Century Ago

May 21, 2012 | Comments Off on Achill Island a Century Ago

  Achill Island 1912: A Microcosm of Swirling Political Movements.

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A Feast of Arts in Achill

Apr 24, 2012 | Comments Off on A Feast of Arts in Achill

Literary readings, three book launches, an illustrated lecture on ‘Women Artists on Achill’ by Catherine Marshall, and a guided walk on the nearby Clare Island, all feature in this year’s Heinrich Böll Memorial Weekend on the May bank-holiday weekend. The book launches include Gisela Holfter’s Heinrich Böll and Ireland, which charts the Nobel Prize winning author’s connections…

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Manic Scrubbers in Sunflower Yellow

Apr 22, 2012 | Comments Off on Manic Scrubbers in Sunflower Yellow

I recently sat mesmerised while viewing the art film Yellow by performance artist Amanda Coogan and film maker Paddy Cahill at the recently refurbished Limerick City Gallery of Art.

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The Great Western Greenway – A Train Route Bookended by Tragedy

Apr 16, 2012 | Comments Off on The Great Western Greenway – A Train Route Bookended by Tragedy

They say it is now ‘the largest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland’. The 42km Great Western Greenway stretching from Westport through Newport and Mulranny to Achill Island is proving to be a wonderful draw for walkers and cyclists alike. The trail follows the path of the disused line of the Midland Great Western…

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