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Poem of the Week by John Montague: "... a spell to bless the silence."

Poem of the Week by John Montague: "... a spell to bless the silence." | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
John Montague's most recent volume, Speech Lessons, is full of lyrical poems about childhood, memory, and family. Our selection for today stands out from this subject matter as a poem about poetry ...

Via Gerard Beirne
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During my few years in Ballydehob one of the pleasures was becoming friends with John Montague and his partner, Elisabeth.

Seeing this blog post brings back so many good memories.

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Our favourite experiences in Ireland

Our favourite experiences in Ireland | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
The landscapes of Ireland are breathtaking but in truth my favourite sites weren't the rolling green hills and lush fields. Instead, I liked walking down the paths and roads and taking a closer look at things.
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The best of Ireland is seen from back roads.

This article also mentions one of my favorite tourist places:  

http://www.ireland-for-you.com/BunrattyFolkPark.htm ;  

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Ireland - In Photos: Forbes 20 Best Foreign Retirement Havens For 2015

Ireland - In Photos: Forbes 20 Best Foreign Retirement Havens For 2015 | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
For American retirees, Ireland can almost seem an extension of the U.S., except a lot prettier. Most everyone speaks English. While living costs have come down, they still remain higher than the U.S.
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Cheapest house sold in Ireland in 2014 is revealed

Cheapest house sold in Ireland in 2014 is revealed | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Would you pay $20,000 for this little Irish cottage?
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Your own Irish bog included.

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Dermot Desmond's sons to bring Five Guys to Ireland - Irish Times

Dermot Desmond's sons to bring Five Guys to Ireland - Irish Times | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Popular US fast-food chain is opening new franchises in Dublin and elsewhere
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No comment!

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County Donegal – Tour the Wild Atlantic Way

County Donegal – Tour the Wild Atlantic Way | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
County Donegal, Malin Head, Slieve League, Fanad Head, Ireland, Driving Holiday, Touring, Culture, Landscapes, Vacation, Irish
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kase victoria on Twitter

kase victoria on Twitter | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Made Irish car bomb brownies with @_mmeghan @_ntlm @hthr_93 #tipsybartenderrecipe pic.twitter.com/alwO0bl4Ke
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Hey, this looks good  --  and very Irish

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The Irish Bucket List: 25 things to do and places to see before you die!

The Irish Bucket List: 25 things to do and places to see before you die! | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
A Bucket List is a number of things written down to do before you die. Comes from the term "kicked the bucket". We have compiled a list for you to do in Ireland so you can have some inspiration and hopefully see some of them!
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I am so thankful to have been to most of places listed--including Blarney Castle without kissing the Blarney Stone.

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Surfer earns award nomination for catching Sligo wave

Surfer earns award nomination for catching Sligo wave | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Andrew Cotton describes ‘exceptional’ week of surf at Mullaghmore
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Ireland has something for everyone but not everything is for everyone.

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Walk of the Week: Inchydoney Island

Walk of the Week: Inchydoney Island | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
AS the new year is almost upon us we conclude our series of favourite walks with this fine walk which has for a long time been near the top of my list for birdwatching in winter.
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I have done this walk and recommend it highly.

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In Killorglin, Ireland’s goat king still reigns

In Killorglin, Ireland’s goat king still reigns | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Every year, Ireland’s oldest festival draws a crowd of more than 58,000 for three days of festivities, including the crowning of a mountain goat.
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Never been but hear its great for music and drinking.  But then so are most places and times in Ireland!

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Tourism Ireland announces €1 million ad campaign for 2015 - Irish Times

Tourism Ireland announces €1 million ad campaign for 2015 - Irish Times | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
More than 7.3 million overseas visitors in 2014 sees increase of 8.8 per cent on last year
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Plenty of room for more in B & B's: 

http://www.ireland-for-you.net/bedandbreakfast.htm

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Inside the four best whiskey bars in Ireland - Irish Times

Inside the four best whiskey bars in Ireland - Irish Times | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Now in its second year, the Irish Whiskey Awards are maturing nicely. Among the awards this year were those for the whiskey bars of the year – one for each province and an overall national winner. But what makes them stand out from the crowd?
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Love Dingle!

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Buy someone a little piece of Ireland for Christmas as part of a conservation ... - IrishCentral

Buy someone a little piece of Ireland for Christmas as part of a conservation ... - IrishCentral | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Own a piece of Irish homeland through Emerald Heritage, the first Irish conservation project of its kind.
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Reminds me of when I was a young boy I bought one square inch of Alaska from a breakfast cereal promotion.

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The Top 10 Irish beaches according to Tripadvisor readers

The Top 10 Irish beaches according to Tripadvisor readers | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Inchydoney in Co Cork wins first place with Derrynane and Inch in Co Kerry following
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I wouldn't put it first but Inchydoney is very nice.

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The top Irish Craft Beers you should be drinking in 2015 | Visual.ly

The top Irish Craft Beers you should be drinking in 2015 | Visual.ly | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
The Craft beer industry in Ireland has taken off and has in size since 2011. In the last quarter of 2014, sales in the industry were on course for mor
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I can see the popularity of craft beers in the USA where the mass product is so lacking.  I am surprised they are popular in Ireland.

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Exploring South West Ireland: Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle & Cork

Exploring South West Ireland: Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle & Cork | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
My experience on the Paddywagon tour south west Ireland: great scenery, food and a lot of craic! Southwest Ireland is great for exploring by bus!
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Your Shot Photos: Ireland -- National Geographic

Your Shot Photos: Ireland -- National Geographic | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
See Ireland photos submitted to National Geographic by users like you.
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Can never have too many photos of Ireland.

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Dublin voted fifth best shopping city in world - Independent.ie

Dublin voted fifth best shopping city in world - Independent.ie | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
DUBLIN'S retail sector has been given a massive boost, after the Irish capital was ranked one of the world's best shopping cities.
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Twenty years a-growing: a snapshot of Dingle, Ireland in 1994 

Twenty years a-growing: a snapshot of Dingle, Ireland  in 1994  | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
My mother-in-law is a big fan of National Geographic magazine and has more back copies in the house than you’d find in an overstocked medical-centre waiting room.
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No place in Ireland is better than Dingle!

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Trains from Cork to Limerick | Visiting Ireland

Trains from Cork to Limerick | Visiting Ireland | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Travelling by train from Cork to Limerick is an easy way to head north when you are visiting Ireland.
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And on to Galway and further North, and east to Dublin, and . . .

most areas of Ireland!

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An Irishman’s Diary: Jack Harte on William Meredith’s pilgrimage to Yeats’s Sligo

An Irishman’s Diary: Jack Harte on William Meredith’s pilgrimage to Yeats’s Sligo | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
‘I am 87, and I am in Ireland. I am a happy man’

Via Gerard Beirne
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Love the quote.

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Stunning photos of Ireland looking its best, as captured by the Irish Air Corps

Stunning photos of Ireland looking its best, as captured by the Irish Air Corps | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
While on operational duties they managed to capture these views of Ireland.
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Not your typical photos, that's for sure.

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The Irish Confederate hero who has a city, two counties named after him - IrishCentral

The Irish Confederate hero who has a city, two counties named after him - IrishCentral | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Confederate general Patrick Cleburne remembered as heroic figure.
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Hmm, a lot of Americans come to Ireland to search their family roots.  Maybe the Irish could tour US civil war battlefields.

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Fantastic 120-Year-Old Color Pictures of Ireland

Fantastic 120-Year-Old Color Pictures of Ireland | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Vivid vintage pictures of Ireland taken between 1890 and 1900, courtesy of the Library of Congress.
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Two-storey with a twist

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An Irishman’s Diary about Billy Brennan’s Barn and other literary properties

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Another example of Irish humour

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