Claire Fullerton's Blog (29)

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

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

There are magic moments in life that give you a sense of…

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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 comprised of chance encounters in unexpected places, but they gave me…

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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 intermittent streams as you glide along a two-lane road that cuts through a…

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

Genetic Memory and My Irish Friend, Anthony

There’s a case to be argued for genetic memory, the Jungian theory, that certain memories and proclivities are bequeathed to us at birth from our forbearers. As a Scots-Irish descendant on every branch of my family tree, it…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on June 15, 2015 at 2:00pm — 17 Comments

Author Interview: 'Dancing to an Irish Reel'

Claire Fullerton: Language flavors everything in writing, just as it does in life.

Welcome to this week's guest, CLAIRE FULLERTON. Claire is the author of Dancing to an Irish Reel (Literary Fiction) and A Portal in…
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Added by Claire Fullerton on May 28, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The Woods of Kylemore Abbey

If one is travelling through Connemara, one of the more compelling tourist destinations is Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery since 1920, which sits majestically surrounded by wooded acres behind a tranquil lake. The…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on April 27, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Ireland Travel with a Loose Plan

Once upon a time, I spent a year living on the western coast of Ireland, in an area of Connemara called Inverin, which is thirteen miles up the coast road from Galway City. Last October, I had good cause to return for nine days, and had invited a childhood friend to accompany me sans…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on April 6, 2015 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

The Irish Keys

I’ve had many people ask about the picture on my author page where I’m standing against a gray stone wall on a windswept day in the middle of an Irish field with what are obviously the ruins of a monastery behind me. Observant people have said to themselves, “Wait, there’s a ruined…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on March 30, 2015 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

Dancing to an Irish Reel

I spent ten blissful days on the western coast of Ireland last October, and I’ll tell you why I returned to the misty, velvet shores of the area where I once spent a year: my second novel is set in the area and I felt it was important to reinvigorate my standing amongst the land and its people before I embarked upon the book’s promotion. In order to do…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on March 28, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments

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