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Laughter is wine for the soul--laugh soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm... Once we can laugh, we can live..

 

Sean O'Casey

 

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Welcome!

 

Enjoy the browse and if you would like to get in touch, send an email to bestoflondonlife@aol.com

 

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Camille O'Sullivan: The Carny Dream - Wilton's

Camille O'Sullivan: The Carny Dream - Wilton's | Irish Life | Scoop.it
The world's oldest surviving Grand Music Hall, Wilton's is a stunning and atmospheric building that produces a diverse programme including theatre, music, dance, film and heritage events.
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Irish-French smoky-sounding chantuese Camille O'Sullivan has foind the oerfect fit for her stage show here in Wilton's. If in London in April and you have a thing about miaows, book, do not hesitate, this is special. 
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Roz Purcell’s Active Weekends: Six super tips for Sligo and Donegal

Roz Purcell’s Active Weekends: Six super tips for Sligo and Donegal | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Planning an active weekend away? I’ve made it my mission to see more of Ireland, ticking off village by village, hike by hike and café b
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Roll on summer !
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John McGahern: priceless insights into his art

John McGahern: priceless insights into his art | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Melvyn Bragg, Roy Foster, Paula Meehan and others offer a refreshing diversity of critical approaches to a great writer
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Creative Dublin: James Earley, Street Artist

Creative Dublin: James Earley, Street Artist | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Dublin.ie talks to street artist James Earley. By spray painting concepts onto walls Earley proves that street art is more than just stylistic.
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Report from the Field: Poets on Strike, Irish Women Poets and the Canon

Report from the Field: Poets on Strike, Irish Women Poets and the Canon | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Report from the Field: Poets on Strike, Irish Women Poets and the Canon
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TateShots: Dorothy Cross

"Working from a remote studio on the west coast of Ireland, Cross often uses the remains of dead animals or other found natural materials in her sculptures."

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Buzzin For Busáras.

Buzzin For Busáras. | Irish Life | Scoop.it

  'Waiting for the 109 at Busáras to Navan or Cavan or whatever part of the shticks you’re off to, you probably don’t think, “what a fine building this is”.'

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95 Unusual Things to Do in Ireland

95 Unusual Things to Do in Ireland | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Discover 95 hidden attractions, cool sights, and unusual things to do in Ireland from The Glen to Cathair Crobh Dearg.
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Wild Atlantic Way Artists

Wild Atlantic Way Artists | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Home to gorgeous galleries and stunning scenery, we profile the artists who have been captivated by the rugged beauty of Ireland’s West Coast, and Wild Atlantic Way.
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Melita Denaro, A Pied Wagtail Chick with No Bounce at All..., oil on canvas. 

"Dividing her time between Donegal and London, Melita Denaro and her paintings explore her on-going relationship with the dramatic landscape of the Isle of Doagh near the northernmost tip of County Donegal. Inspired by the peaceful countryside neighbouring her cottage, she paints most of her work in the same field. Here she is sometimes surrounded by cattle or sheep, but usually works alone. Her paintings hover somewhere between figuration and abstraction, with vague figures, houses and telegraph posts occasionally appearing through atmospheric brushstrokes that describe the ever-changing weather. Painting titles read almost like diary entries, recording her feelings as well as the comings and goings of the Isle’s inhabitants."

I have walked past this artist's beautiful cottage on the Isle of Doagh. I can appreciate why this special time-stopped place would inspire her art. 
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Huge record-breaking waves measured during Hurricane Ophelia

Huge record-breaking waves measured during Hurricane Ophelia | Irish Life | Scoop.it

One monster wave was almost 60 feet high
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Ireland’s profile soars thanks to Star Wars effect | BreakingNews.ie

Ireland’s profile soars thanks to Star Wars effect | BreakingNews.ie | Irish Life | Scoop.it
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The story of Malin and the Master Scaffolder.  
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Fiona Shaw reads Shakespeare's Sister

Fiona Shaw reads Shakespeare's Sister | Irish Life | Scoop.it

by Virginia Woolf
read by Fiona Shaw

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Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at ENO

Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at ENO | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Figaro loves Susanna. The Countess loves the Count. The Count loves the chase. Figaro’s marriage is becoming a merry-go-round. Can they get off before it’s too late?
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Described as 'madcap' and 'riotous' this production is directed by Fiona Shaw has been well-received by the critics and  returns to the London Coliseum from now 'til 14 April. 
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The Moth Magazine

The Moth Magazine | Irish Life | Scoop.it
International arts and literature magazine from Ireland
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Gotta short story in the attic of your mind ? It's Competition Time at The Moth Magazine. 
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Danny Denton Reads Nicole Flattery

Danny Denton Reads Nicole Flattery | Irish Life | Scoop.it
  The Stinging Fly Podcast returns for its February edition, with Danny Denton discussing the surreal tragicomedy of Nicole Flattery’s ‘Show Them A Good Time’. The story was first published in our Summer 2016 issue. Nicole Flattery’s short fiction and essays have been published in several leading publications, including the Stinging Fly, the Dublin Review, … Continue reading "Danny Denton Reads Nicole Flattery"
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Festivals in Ireland 2018

Festivals in Ireland 2018 | Irish Life | Scoop.it
I don't know about you but this is the time of year that I usually think ahead to planning holidays. If you are planning on coming to Ireland in 2018 there are some fantastic festivals taking place throughout the year that you might want to include in your visit. Thanks so much to the Irish…
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Poem Of The Week: Quarantine by Eavan Boland

Poem Of The Week: Quarantine by Eavan Boland | Irish Life | Scoop.it

Quarantine

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In the worst hour of the worst season

  of the worst year of a whole people

a man set out from the workhouse with his wife.

He was walking – they were both walking – north.

 

She was sick with famine fever and could not keep up.

  He lifted her and put her on his back.

He walked like that west and west and north.

Until at nightfall under freezing stars they arrived

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In the morning they were both found dead.

  Of cold. Of hunger. Of the toxins of a whole history.

But her feet were held against his breastbone.

The last heat of his flesh was his last gift to her.


Let no love poem ever come to this threshold.

  There is no place here for the inexact

praise of the easy graces and sensuality of the body.

There is only time for this merciless inventory:

 

Their death together in the winter of 1847.

  Also what they suffered. How they lived.

And what there is between a man and woman.

And in which darkness it can best be proved.


Eavan Boland


( From www.poets.org - March 25, 2008

  From New Collected Poems by Eavan Boland. Copyright © 2008    by Eavan Boland. Reprinted by permission of W.W. Norton. All rights reserved )

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A dark, unforgettable love poem.
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Benbulben Barite Mine

Benbulben Barite Mine | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Discover Benbulben Barite Mine in Sligo, Ireland: The remains of this deep, dark mine have left behind a haunting rocky warren of tunnels.
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Martin Hayes with Brooklyn Rider | Barbican

Martin Hayes with Brooklyn Rider | Barbican | Irish Life | Scoop.it
The worlds of traditional Irish Folk and Contemporary New York Classical meet in this new collaboration between fiddler Martin Hayes and string quartet Brooklyn Rider.
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Instagram post by Marty Hilsden • Nov 9, 2017 at 12:33pm UTC

Instagram post by Marty Hilsden • Nov 9, 2017 at 12:33pm UTC | Irish Life | Scoop.it
57 Likes, 2 Comments - Marty Hilsden (@lifeonthebrighterside) on Instagram: “Good views everywhere you look, Connemara, Co.Galway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .…”
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Marty Hilsden's evocative photographs of Connemara are well worth seeking out on Instagram. 
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The 50 Irish words for wind

The 50 Irish words for wind | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Translated from the original Gaelic (and other sources)

Via Gerard Beirne
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Celebrating National Poetry Day 2017

Celebrating National Poetry Day 2017 | Irish Life | Scoop.it
THE CHILD AND THE THRUSH

(From The Hardening Ground)         


Consider the thrush, how it learns to sing,
and then the song that has brought it fame,
remember that this is no ordinary thing,    
but something learned in beauty’s name.
 
Consider the child how it learns to talk,
before it has gained a foot-hold in speech,
will turn in its bed and try all the sounds
that would seem to bring words a bit nearer its reach.
 
Consider the mother of each feather-less bird,
how she warms every egg ‘til she hears the first cheep;    
and think of a mother’s delight in the word   
of a child that can sing, as soon as it speaks.
 
Then consider the poet and fill up his cup,
 for the bird it has flown, and the child grown up;
 the child and the thrush you will find in his head,
 consider the poet before he is dead.

SHAUN TRAYNOR

    
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London-based Irish poet Shaun Traynor contributes to Irish Life's  celebration of National Poetry Day, with his poem "The Child And The Thrush".
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Tidings of Discomfort and Joy – An Irishman’s Diary about miserable-but-uplifting Christmas songs

Tidings of Discomfort and Joy – An Irishman’s Diary about miserable-but-uplifting Christmas songs | Irish Life | Scoop.it
"The Pogues’ Fairytale is now 30 years old. And on Christmas Day, the son of Tipperary who wrote it will be twice that age.

This is no small achievement. Shane McGowan was famously hard-living when the song came out. If bookies had given odds on him reaching 60 then, he’d have got more than 18 to 1"
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