Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bull Runs Loose in Ballinrobe County Mayo

Here's a fun story. I was in County Mayo last year and this makes me miss Ireland.

This is not something that would happen where I live in Santa Monica. Maybe a naked homelessman running through the store but no bull........

Sunday's Eclectic Irish Music Videos # 1 - Celtic Woman

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Personal Ramblings - Thank You Card

'...I dreamt I reached the Irish shore and felt my heart rebound
From wall to wall within my breast, as I trod that holy ground..."
-Thomas Darcy McGee (1825-1868), To Duffy in Prison

I received this great Thank You Card from my cousin Pat and his wife Judy for attending his birthday party and becoming part of the family after so long. It's a nice card with a nice section of a poem on the back. I wanted to share it here.....

Card - Courtesy of Pomegranate Communications, Inc

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Personal Ramblings - There's Always Hope

I'm in the middle of reading a book "Watching the Door" about the worst years in Northern Ireland and I just came across this article on Irish Central about a peace center in Ireland that brought Israeli and Palestinian combatants together to create understanding. No matter how long the road or how slow the process there is always hope that people can find their common humanity and find a way to achieve progress without violence.
Check out the article on Irish Central

Monday, April 20, 2009

Personal Ramblings - I Like This

Here is Irish Central's response to a Paul Krugman opinion piece about ireland. Enjoy it, I did....

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Now you Know the Whole Story - Susan Boyle

It was very interesting to read that the Irish Catholic shrine in Knock, County Mayo, is the spiritual home for Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle. I had the pleasure of visiting Knock last year with my cousins.

Susan Boyle touched millions this week with her performance of " I Dreamed a Dream" on "Britain's Got Talent" after it was posted on YouTube. Fascinating story and fascinating talent.

Story courtesy of MEGHAN SWEENEY , Entertainment Editor @ Irish Central

...."Speaking from his home in Scotland, her local priest Father Basil Clark said he first saw Boyle singing on their church's annual pligrimage to Knock.

Boyle, whose Irish mother Bridget passed away in 2007, visits Knock every year with the annual Legion of Mary pilgrimage. Boyle is the youngest of nine children of a family of Irish immigrants. Her father Patrick was a worker in a car factory, her mother Bridget a clerk/typist.

Father Clark described her as “a woman of great faith,” whose life revolves around her family and her parish of Our Lady of Lourdes."

The devout Catholic also paid tribute to her late mother Bridget. "I knew it was something I had to do," she said. "I had to get on with it. That's where the courage came from, my mother."

Check out the full story at Irish Central

Apr 20 And some more on Susan Boyle's roots in Donnegal and Couty Mayo at Shrine of Knock...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Cousin Pat Gavin

Dancing the jig with my cousins Pat and James. Last time I danced an Irish jig was in a play in first grade......