Patricia’s Blog


Beautiful Burren Beyond Compare – Sarah Poyntz Final Diary

Jan 30, 2011 |

Columnist who gave her readers glimpse of the Burren calls it a day – The Irish Times – Fri, Jan 28, 2011. Sarah Poyntz’s essay gems in The Guardian’s Country Diary have come to an end. Her subject was the Burren, a place where I love to ramble and ruminate. In her final contribution she…

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Human Chain and Butts on Mullaghmore

Sep 6, 2010 |

In the week that Seamus Heaney’s Human Chain was published,  four of us – me, Joan, Deirdre and Mary – wound our way along the blue waymarked path around Mullaghmore in the Burren.  The heat of the day was blunted by a lively breeze and Mary asked us, Did you hear Seamus Heaney on the radio this morning…

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Bells in the Clouds and Fire on the Road

Aug 23, 2010 | Comments Off on Bells in the Clouds and Fire on the Road

I picked early blackberries this week on the road that connects the main arteries from Kilkee to Doonbeg to the north and Kilkee to Kilrush to the south. It is the West Clare area of Corca Baiscinn and that has to be one of the most musical place names that I know of.  The roadside is aglow with blooming montbretia and a woman with…

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Deserted Island Boost for Writing

Jul 19, 2010 | Comments Off on Deserted Island Boost for Writing

Islands, especially uninhabited ones, boost my imagination. It is as if you can see layers of life and memory wrapped within them in a stark way. At the weekend I stood on Querrin Pier in West Clare at full tide in a fresh wind and watched the round tower on Scattery Island out on the Shannon…

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