A Mushroom Forage

Dunlewey Village Feile an Earagail Feile an Earagail is an annual festival held in the beautiful village of Dunlewey, which lies at the foot of Earagail Mountain – the highest mountain in Donegal. This year I booked a mushroom forage or “Toraiocht na Muisiriun Fiain” led by Kristina Ferry in the grounds of Dunlewey House. The forage took place in […]

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Mrs Jessie Mahaffy’s Garden

I have been very blessed to visit Mrs Jessie Mahaffy’s Garden on a number of occasions. The garden is one of twenty one gardens featured in The Donegal Garden Trail. http://www.donegalgardentrail.com It is now lovingly tended by Belinda Mahaffy – Jessie’s daughter. The garden is described in this year’s brochure as: “First established in 1972 by Mrs Jessie Mahaffy, a […]

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Ireland Writing Retreat

Sean and Columbia Hillen have been providing creative writing courses in Donegal, and more recently on The Black Sea at http://www.irelandwritingretreat.com Sean has been a war correspondent, medical reporter, travel writer, editor and publisher and is the author of a novel  “Pretty Ugly.” We first met last year at a local Christmas Craft Fair and exchanged books. You can read […]

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In Dublin’s Rainy City

I arrived in Dublin on a cloudy day in mid May, thankful that it was not too hot. However, showers were forecast… After my visit to Alan Hanna’s bookshop in Rathmines, ( see my post HERE) I returned to the city centre. However, the weather Gods were angry, and it began to pour from the Heavens! I had to seek shelter […]

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A Spring Walk

The week before last, I shed the cobwebs of winter, as I walked along ancient tracks well traveled in my childhood. This stream connects two adjacent lakes. My mother’s childhood home sits at the top of Mullaghderg Lake seen in the background of this photograph: I walked these tracks on many occasions with my late mother and my sisters, as […]

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