Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, and a wonderful 2018. Thank you for your support and kind comments throughout the past year. I shall be taking an extended rest, and enjoying some good company, great food and more than a few lovely books… I will return to reading, commenting and posting from the week beginning … More Merry Christmas

The Swansong Project

“In a song there is a soul that is eternal.” Ben Buddy Slack watched his grandmother Teresa (my aunt) deteriorate due to Alzheimer’s. “Towards the end me and my uncle sang her favourite songs to her. She was pretty unresponsive because she had Alzheimer’s – but when we began to sing she kind of lit … More The Swansong Project

The Happy Camper

I stopped off at a very special spot in Glenveagh National Park a few weeks ago. “The Happy Camper” is a real gem of a cafe – surrounded by stunning views of ancient peat bogs with Muckish Mountain standing proudly in the background. The view of peat bogs and Muckish Mountain Maria McCormack serves her … More The Happy Camper

The Rock

The Cross atop The Rock at Kerrytown On 11 January 1939, The Virgin Mary appeared on top of a rocky outcrop in Kerrytown, Co. Donegal, to Teresa Ward aged 15. Her sister Mary aged 19, had accompanied her outside but was inside an outhouse when Teresa first witnessed the vision. Mary thought Teresa was play … More The Rock

This Too Shall Pass

On Friday my sister passed away after a relatively short illness. It was a very powerful reminder of how fragile life can be… I wrote this poem several years ago, seated beneath a giant bell that faces a local graveyard. For Whom The Bell Tolls Seagulls scream overhead, Above the mighty bell, While Inis Caorach … More This Too Shall Pass