Clannad

Clannad’s Roots Clannad hail from Dore, a townland around 3 miles from my home here in Donegal. The band’s original members included siblings Ciaran, Pol and Maire Brennan together with their uncles – twins Noel and Padraig Duggan. Ciaran, Pol and Maire’s parents Maire (known as Baba), and Leo had passed their gift for music to their family –  Baba […]

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Donegal Model Railway Show

In my last post, I mentioned the predictions Donegal’s prophetess Miseog made about the coming of the first railway to this part of Donegal. Today I will share the highlights of a recent visit to Donegal Model Railway Show, hosted by Donegal Railway Heritage Centre – located in Donegal Town. I have included this post as one of my regular  “Artists Dates” […]

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The Wild Atlantic Way – Seal Watching

Elsie Jayne The 41st Burtonport Summer Festival programme included “Seal Watching Trips” to see one of Ireland’s largest seal populations, with Jim Muldowney of Dive Arranmore. “The islands and rocks of Dungloe Bay are home to around 300 seals including pups at this time of year”, the programme suggested. I felt compelled to book a place. The weather was a […]

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Kila at Glenveagh Castle

    Four members of Irish World music band “Kila” (the full band has eight members) braved showers of rain on Thursday to play in the courtyard of Glenveagh Castle as part of The Earagail Arts Festival. I was incredibly blessed to procure a ringside seat among an international audience dressed in raincoats and armed with umbrellas! We were rewarded […]

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Bryan Adams Rocks Belfast!

As I continue to enjoy my blogging slow down, I am unashamedly re-blogging another post. I hope you enjoy this musical interlude. I first saw Bryan Adams in Edinburgh on 20th February 1984, supporting Tina Turner on her “Private Dancer” Tour. I attended a second concert when Bryan was a most deserving lead performer. On 11 May 2016, I watched Bryan play […]

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Rainbows Over Belfast

Titanic Belfast Today I am re-posting a taster from the prologue of my memoir  “Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow.” “Rainbows Over Belfast,” describes my colourful experiences at a Tom Jones concert, in August 2012. “Seconds later, a series of efficient roadies dressed in sombre shades of black, grey and olive clear the stage for Sir […]

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Decoupage Days

My first decoupage project – a bird box I have just completed a four week class in the art of decoupage with the very talented teacher – Martina Montgomery Folan. We transformed plain bird nesting boxes in week one, with a striking bird pattern. To create a similar project, you will need: A bird box, chalk paint, a brush for […]

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Creative Pursuits

I feel very blessed to live in beautiful Donegal which was recently voted the coolest place on the planet by National Geographic Traveller. The view from my village car park I have many relatives and friends here, and I am always thankful for their support and love. Thanks to social media, I am also able to keep in touch with many […]

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Carrickfin

The little cove where I spent the afternoon. This post is dedicated to Bernadette at Haddon Musings and her Senior Salon. The sun shone again today ( a rare occasion this past year!) so I just had to take time out to spend a few hours relaxing on the nearest beach at Carrickfin. I wrote this poem last year for all those who had to leave […]

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