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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 Antarctica Art

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Our next trip, to Ireland in August, will be an art retreat with an artist, Crystal Beshara, from Ottawa, Canada. She’s calling the tour “30 Shades of Green.” What a delightful change of palette!
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Two members of our September Plein Air watercolour:  http://www.ireland-for-you.com/PleinAirIreland.htm
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Places in Ireland that can change your life (PHOTOS)

Places in Ireland that can change your life (PHOTOS) | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Attractions in Ireland that can genuinely leave you with a life-changing experience.
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A good slant on the benefits of travel.
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Ten must-see museums in Ireland (PHOTOS)

Ten must-see museums in Ireland (PHOTOS) | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
From history to archaeology to Gaelic football, these unique Irish museums are enchanting.
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An interesting selection but I have only been to two of them.  My favourite is not on the list:  http://www.ireland-for-you.com/BunrattyFolkPark.htm ;
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The ten real reasons why American tourists love Ireland

The ten real reasons why American tourists love Ireland | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
An “Irish American Mom” looks at why so many hold Ireland so dear to their hearts.
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A personal look at the heart of Ireland.
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Ireland's most beautiful landscape: Beara, West Cork

Ireland's most beautiful landscape: Beara, West Cork | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
The area's a national gem with its wild and rugged terrain and enchanting coastline.
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Yes, the drive around this peninsula is my favourite in all Ireland; much more scenic than the Ring of Kerry.
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Kilkenny Castle defines an Irish Medieval palace

Kilkenny Castle defines an Irish Medieval palace | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Knowing something of Kilkenny Castle’s importance in Irish history still did not prepare me for the sudden vision of a massive, hulking medieval fortification.
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I have been to Kilkenny a few times and always enjoyed spending the day there.
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This unique home in Ballydehob benefitted from the demolition of a church

This unique home in Ballydehob benefitted from the demolition of a church | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Tommy Barker finds a unique stone built home which benefitted from the demolition of a local church.
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Lots of stone houses in West Cork; this one is outstanding.
More about life in Ballydehob, our home for several years:  http://www.ireland-for-you.net/ExpatLife.htm ;
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"Star Wars Episode VIII" will be right at home in County Donegal

"Star Wars Episode VIII" will be right at home in County Donegal | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
From Cú Chulainn to Luke Skywalker, myths just belong there.
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It will be interesting to see the knock on effect for this remote county.
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Ireland chooses Seamus Heaney poem as its favorite (AUDIO)

Ireland chooses Seamus Heaney poem as its favorite (AUDIO) | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
“When All the Others Were Away at Mass” named best-loved poem of the past century.
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Yes, it does bring tears.
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Shannon parade aims to be bigger in 2016

Shannon parade aims to be bigger in 2016 | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
The Shannon Town St. Patrick’s Day Parade for 2016 is expected to be bigger and better than ever.
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O.K.  Who is for flying into Shannon Airport on St. Patrick's Day.
Also see St. Patrick's Day around the world:  http://ireland-for-you.net/RoundWorld.htm
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Irish barman singing as he works will give you chills (VIDEO)

Irish barman singing as he works will give you chills (VIDEO) | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Cork man singing “Bright Blue Rose” as he serves his locals goes viral on Facebook.
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Not all that uncommon.  When visiting Ireland it really pays to hang out in pubs.
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The best places in Ireland for a fishing vacation (PHOTOS)

The best places in Ireland for a fishing vacation (PHOTOS) | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Ireland is one of the most popular sport fishing destinations in Europe and with good reason, too.
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I can't believe this article leaves out County Clare.  The west has nothing but fishing and scenery and the east is full of sites like Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty and the Burren and on and on . . . 

http://www.ireland-for-you.com/Clare.htm

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Dublin has a new slogan - learn what it is in this stunning video

Dublin has a new slogan - learn what it is in this stunning video | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Tourism campaign aims to show another side of Dublin.
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Well done and short.

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Mother’s sweet white scones recipe

Mother’s sweet white scones recipe | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Darina Allen
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Darina Allen became rich and famous by applying modern cookery to traditional recipes.  This should be great.
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Irish dancing across the wondrous Irish landscape (VIDEO)

Irish dancing across the wondrous Irish landscape (VIDEO) | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
This is Irish dancing as it was meant to be.
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A good chance to see what they actually do with their feet.
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Galway is “Ireland’s most charming City” according to New York Times

Galway is “Ireland’s most charming City” according to New York Times | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Spend three days sampling Galway's local foods, craft beers, entertainment, and river views.
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I wouldn't go that far, but it is a very nice place to wander around.
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Breathtaking Irish landscapes and where to find them (PHOTOS)

Breathtaking Irish landscapes and where to find them (PHOTOS) | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that Ireland boasts a number of breathtaking spots in all corners of the country.
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We will be visiting and/or painting many of these in September: http://www.ireland-for-you.com/PleinAirIreland.htm   ;
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Art In The Open - Ireland's Plein Air Painting Festival

Art In The Open - Ireland's Plein Air Painting Festival | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Ireland's Plein Air Painting Festival is held every year around the August Bank Holiday weekend in County Wexford
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This is a great festival in late July and early August.  For September look at this plein air workshop and tour:  http://www.ireland-for-you.com/PleinAirIreland.htm
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The Irish dance revolution is here and it looks spectacular (VIDEO)

The Irish dance revolution is here and it looks spectacular (VIDEO) | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
ProdiJIG celebrate Irish dance this St. Patrick’s Day.
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I like updated traditional anything.
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St. Patrick’s Diaspora: 20 Places Other than Dublin to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day | Irish America

St. Patrick’s Diaspora: 20 Places Other than Dublin to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day | Irish America | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Irish America Magazine
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More on celebrating irishness around the world:   http://ireland-for-you.net/RoundWorld.htm
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Emerald Isle - 2,5 years in Ireland in 2,5 minutes

This edit is dedicated to each individual who made this time so special. Thanks all !
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It is good to see active young people doing active things in Ireland.  Too many videos are just scenery.  This video is a fun journey.
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Celebration of National and International Drama in Doonbeg

Celebration of National and International Drama in Doonbeg | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
The 55th West Clare Drama Festival takes place from Saturday 5th March until Monday 14th March at Doonbeg Community Hall.
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One of my favourite pastimes in Ireland:  attending amateur drama festivals.
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Funding boost for 12 Clare festivals

Funding boost for 12 Clare festivals | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring has announced funding totalling €37000 for Clare festivals
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Something for everyone in Clare:  http://www.ireland-for-you.com/Clare.htm
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Ireland's most unusual tourist attractions

Ireland's most unusual tourist attractions | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
Read these suggestions from Findmypast to plan a unique visit to Ireland.
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I'll be darned; I have not been to any of these.
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Living near a pub makes you happier - and even helps you cut down on drinking, study finds

Living near a pub makes you happier - and even helps you cut down on drinking, study finds | Of Interest to Friends of Ireland | Scoop.it
The research by Oxford University found that regulars with a local pub nearby
are "significantly" happier, have more friends, better life satisfaction,
and actually drink in more moderation.
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This article applies to England but maybe it explains why in general the Irish are such a happy, friendly people.

I look forward to establishing a local in my upcoming relocation to Ireland.

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