Claire Fullerton's Blog (26)

Book Review: 'The Stolen Child' by Lisa Carey

Because I once lived on the western coast of Ireland, and because author Lisa Carey moved to the island of Inishbofin, off Ireland's west coast to research her first book, I've been following her career for many years. I've loved each of her four Irish-themed novels, and eagerly awaited the February 7th release of her latest, "The…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on February 25, 2017 at 6:00pm — 14 Comments

The Man from Derry

His name was Eoghan, and I never did catch his last name. A solid year spent with the desultory coming and going of this enigmatic man through the door of The Galway Music Center, and I came to accept him as Kieran’s friend from Derry. Kieran rarely…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on August 30, 2016 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

An Author's Gratitude to The Wild Geese Community

In Louisiana, they use the phonetically pleasing word lagniappe to denote a little something extra. Typically, a lagniappe is a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure as a way of saying thank you. I’ve…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on July 5, 2016 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Taken Into an Irish Confidence

This Irish vignette has stayed with me throughout the years, the way poignant moments tend to do. It was only a moment, really, yet even at the time I could have told you of its impact; there was something about sitting in Seamus O’Flaherty’s porch on…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on June 8, 2016 at 6:00pm — 21 Comments

The Journey

I’m partial to the west coast of Ireland for its myriad wonders, which appear in small towns that are hidden like gemstones in neat grids of logic separated by rambling, idle roads. There are worlds within worlds in these Irish small towns: history and…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on May 16, 2016 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

Altan -- Projecting Irish Bonhomie To The World

Carmel, California -- Before I get to the acclaimed Irish traditional musicians from Donegal who comprise the band, Altan, I’m going to editorialize to put the show I saw the other night into context. When I lived on the western…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on April 1, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

The Thing About Galway

Even on the best of days, when the weather is temperate and the sky soft and cloudless, Galway City has a worn, secondhand feel to it: an historic, pensive, erudite quality everywhere you roam down its serpentine streets. But there’s also an energetic…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on March 16, 2016 at 12:00pm — 21 Comments

'The Wolf and the Shield' -- What Does Your Heart Hunt For?



“The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick” by Sherry Weaver Smith, reads like a heartwarming parable. Although it is ostensibly a children’s story, ideal for ages seven through twelve, this lovely book hit all the requisite high notes to hold my rapt attention: that it is set in…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on March 3, 2016 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

The Goat

Her name was Gray, which I found fitting because her eyes were that stormy blue-gray you seldom see, and when the sky was overcast, you had to squint to bring what little blue they had into focus. She had an arresting face and a delicate manner, but she dressed…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on February 17, 2016 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

The Sessiun

It was nine o’clock on a Sunday night when Johnny Og came to collect me, and it was raining—not one of those misty, soft rains, as is often the case on the west coast of Ireland, but one of those howling, unforgiving, relentless downpours that comes…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on February 2, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

A Banter That Sings

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The streets of Galway were gray that night. Everywhere I looked, gray buildings, gray sidewalks, gray sky, beneath a mist that floated inward from the Atlantic and hovered ominously, casting contrasting coronas of light upon the sidewalk from the interior lights…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on January 12, 2016 at 5:30pm — 19 Comments

Reconnecting with Kieran



After more years than I care to count, Kieran has resurfaced. The last time I saw him, it was raining; it was one of those gray Galway days on New Castle Road, and I’d sleuthed Kieran out, after…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on December 3, 2015 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

On the Road of an Irish Graveyard

Dean Mulroy is the kind of guy who needs room to roam and access to the stars, which is why he lived way back in the bog behind the house I rented in Inverin. Only a certain kind of guy would want to live as he did. At the time, he was unimpressed with…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on November 14, 2015 at 11:00am — 39 Comments

On an Irish Bus

He would have stood out anywhere, and standing in front of the entrance to a boutique hotel in Spiddal, wielding a black walking cane with an ivory handle two paces before him made him glaringly incongruous to everything I’d come to know…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on October 25, 2015 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

Ireland and My Grandmother's Faith

My father’s mother was named Helen Ford. She was long and lithe, narrow and fluid, and gifted with a full head of wavy hair that turned, in her later years, to a color that by-passed gray completely to shine an enviable white. Her…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on October 2, 2015 at 7:00pm — 27 Comments

A Bone-Deep Affinity with Ireland ... An Inner Knowing

I would have known I am Irish had I been adopted at birth by a family with a different nationality. Sooner or later, I would have woken up to the fact by simply paying attention to the way I am wired. It’s the…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on September 13, 2015 at 1:00pm — 18 Comments

On Her 95th, Recalling Three Days with Maureen O'Hara

(Jack Kruschen, John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara & Chill Wills in McLintock! - 1963)

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Added by Claire Fullerton on August 16, 2015 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Banter in a Spiddal Pub

Once upon a time, I spent a year living on the western coast of Ireland. From my American frame of reference, it took a bit of adjustment to become accustom to the Gaeltacht of Connemara’s shores. My acclimation to the culture came in curious increments…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on July 26, 2015 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Clifden Pub Scene From Novel 'Dancing to an Irish Reel'

The distance between Inverin and Clifden is approximately sixty kilometers. It’s a visually inspiring hour-long ride through undulating midlands with grass as soft as velvet, gray stone walls that split the landscape, and bubbling…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on July 7, 2015 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

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