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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The Round Tower memorial over the tomb of Daniel O'Connell at Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin. Well worth a visit, the large tomb is below ground level, and is open to the public at times. Within the tomb, with its colourful decorations and more, one can see a 'mensa' or table-tomb and a coffin within containing the remains of O'Connell. You can touch the coffin through an opening if you wish!
Monday, February 22, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
A walk in the Tower Hill area on Feb. 17th last, revealed a panoramic view of the river Suir from approx. Mooncoin down to Mount Congreve; the latter out of the picture on the right. All this due to recent harvesting of large, mature coniferous trees.
Those on the left here may well be harvested also quite soon!
Thursday, February 11, 2021
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Thursday, February 4, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
The Camellias immediately bring to mind the opera- ‘La Traviata’ – which literally means ‘The Fallen Woman.’ The delightful music was composed by Verdi and based on a novel and play by Alexandre Dumas in 1852 entitled - ‘La dame aux Camelías’ or ‘The Lady of the Camellias’, but I’m not going to discuss her reputation!
Apart from the famous song – ‘Libiamo‘ (The Drinking Song), my favourite melody and aria is – ‘Di Provenza il mar il suol’ (of Provence, the sea, the soil). I have played it at a few pub sessions! Listen to it on YouTube, which has a few versions. Try the version by Placido Domingo, starting at 1 min 30 secs on the video to 5 mins 30 secs. You may prefer other versions, including a Karaoke version, instrumental version, also sheet music!