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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021

ROADSIDE FLOWERS



 Growing in abundance by this roadside stream, apast Tower Hill cottages,  these Ranunculi ficaria, aka Pileworth, open fully only in bright sunshine.  An tainm as Gaeilge = Grán arcáin. Checking the number of petals is important, when identifying them. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Easter Sunday 2021

Few people around due to Covid-19, but Malcomson Square was brightened up with                            Tulips go-leór!


 Nearby stood a copy of the 1916 Proclamation of Independence, with the Tricolour flying overhead in memory of those who died in the Rebellion.

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SHANRAHAN CEMETERY


 Associated with St. Cathaldus (Cathal), who set out from here on a mission to Europe, ending up in Taranto, Italy; also, the burial place of the martyred Fr. Sheehy.
Read about St. Cathal at:https://www.catholicireland.net/saintoftheday/st-cathal-of-taranto-7th-8th-century/


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Lahardaun Re-visited

                                                                                                                                                                 FOR THE WEEK THAT'S IN IT

The village of Lahardaun (aka Lahardane),  Co. Mayo, produced a number of surprises when visited in March 2016. First of all was the friendliness of the people, shortly after arriving there; one offering to bring us on a tour of the area, the second filling us in on local history, and inviting us to his house for tea!  Next surprise was visiting a local park dedicated to  fourteen people from the same townland in the area, who all had been  emigrating on the Titanic. Three or four survived, one of them becoming a nun, the others all drowned. A fine park, with information panels and effigies galore, all in copper, is quite an amazing place.

Next surprise was the stained glass windows in the local R.C. church, depicting the Titanic tragedy, but of even greater interest was one devoted to St. Patrick and then one remarkable single-light one depicting the Crucifixion.  The windows were installed by the Myles Kearney & Son Stained Glass Studio from Dublin, which was a branch of Myles Kearney and Son, Waterford, natives of Portlaw! The extremely talented glass designer was a Mr. James Cox a native of Rooskey, Co. Roscommon, who worked with the Kearney company from when he was a teenager. The crucifixion window was remarkably tall, and had to be photographed in two sections from an angle because of an obstruction in front. This problem was sufficiently overcome with the help of Photoshop.  The artwork in this window is probably the the most outsanding I've ever seen, and I've viewed stained glass all over Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, and work from some continental studios.  

Then, we discovered the village had a new whiskey distillery, but, beng Sunday, or was it a bank holiday Monday, the premises was closed. The distillery name was NEPHIN WHISKEY. Their website:

https://nephinwhiskey.com/

A pleasant and interesting place to visit, with plenty of other historic places and superb landscapes nearby. 


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