I have chosen three wonderful Irish Christmas poems to share with you. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, these are still beautiful pieces of Irish writing for you to enjoy. A Christmas Childhood by Patrick Kavanagh This poem was shortlisted in the Top 10 of RTE’s Poem for Ireland competition in 2015. 'One side of the potato-pits was white with frost – How wonderful that was, how wonderful! And when we put our ears to the paling-post The music that came out was magical. The light between the ricks of hay and straw Was a hole in Heaven’s gable.
We've all heard it; not having a good night's sleep can have a negative effect on every part of our lives- from our relationships to our work and to our overall sense of happiness and well-being. A recent study revealed that the average person is under-sleeping by about an hour a night. How they actually measure this, I have no idea. But, if they are right, that would mean we lose 7 hours sleep a week and nearly two months of sleep in a year! I don't know about you, but I get a wee bit cranky when I am
With Halloween upon us there’s lot’s to be excited about. We go half daft with the celebrations in this part of the world. To help you celebrate Irish style here are three delicious, easy to make, traditional Irish Halloween recipes. The 3 recipes are for : Traditional Irish Barmbrack Soul Cakes Traditional Irish Colcannon They’re all about simple flavours, quality ingredients and centuries of tradition. TRADITIONAL IRISH BARMBRACK "The fire was nice and bright and on one of the side-tables were four very big barmbracks. These barmbracks seemed uncut; but if you went closer you would see that
Rathlin Island has a rare, untamed beauty, and truly is an enchanting island, especially on a day like today when the sun is shining and blessing us with 20 degrees of glorious heat. County Antrim lies to the South, the Inishowen Peninsula of County Donegal to the West, the Mull of Kintyre of mainland Scotland lies to the East while Islay of the Hebrides lies to the North. Rathlin ( Reachlainn) is Northern Ireland’s only offshore inhabited island and people have lived there for over 7000 years and some believe it was the first Irish island to be inhabited. Its
A time of new beginnings and a sign that summer is just around the corner following a cold, bleak winter, Easter in Ireland is usually enjoyed by many people, whether religious or not. It is a gloriously, long weekend with a real sense of spring-time renewal. The Donegal skies are beautifully sunny here this morning although there is a gentle but slightly biting wind carrying with it the musical bleats of the newborn lambs safely shepherded in nearby fields. Outside my window, daffodils are dancing along the hedgerows. Others are lifting themselves towards the sun from garden containers
A Chara, This post is coming to you from a most beautiful morning here in County Donegal. The sun is, quite literally, splitting the heavens as we prepare for a day, or in some parts, days of wearing the green, smiles and an excuse to be as silly as we like. Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit! Saint Patrick's Day in Ireland Saint Patrick's Day is the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other. Even the small Caribbean Island of Montserrat has declared the 17th of March a national holiday.
So many of you have asked me to keep you updated on my week's holiday in France at the beautiful family villa of my friend, Shelley. I feel so privileged to stay in such luxurious accomodation. We are going to spend the rest of today by the pool as the sun has been out since early this morning, and I could do with a lie down after wolfing down warm crusty bread with cherry jam and a chocolate croissant...no wonder I am nowhere near as dainty as I would like. But, that is an entirely different story for another day!
You all know the importance to your mental health and well-being to take a wee break from whatever your regular "routine" is, to take time to recharge and stop and smell the roses. I have taken a week off from working on my business at www.roscara.com and I am fortunate enough to be with a good friend, Shelley, at her family villa in France. Well, being a one woman nurturer of a very new business, I cannot take a whole week off as there are beautiful customers to take care of, so the compromise is that I do not partake