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I'll Sing You All Home With Me

I'll sing you home with me tonight

To Galway Bay & the old Hook Light

"O'Carolan's Lament" sung in harmony

I will sing you all home with me

It's Christmas in Montana, to be sure, draped in her mantle of white

Though I am here with the rest of the crew, my heart is lonely tonight

The rancher & his wife they take good care of the rest of the crew & me

The wife, she prepared a great feast…

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Added by Bit Devine on December 3, 2013 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Happy Hallow's Eve

Ta Shona Samhain agat, mo chairde!

Added by Bit Devine on October 31, 2013 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Finding a Perfect Cupán Tae in Dublin and Beyond

Ryan O'Rourke recently brought up the subject of coffee. That got me thinking about Tea. There is a lot of it consumed in Ireland  In fact, Ireland is ranked #3 behind The United Arab Emirates (#1) & Morroco(#2).

Historically, Tea is a rather young beverage in Ireland…

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Added by Bit Devine on October 24, 2013 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Sister Cities Programs Can Change Live & Save Them

 

The Sister Cities Program - 500 US Cities - 1900 connections worldwide - 140 Countries

A sister city organization is a volunteer group of ordinary citizens who, with the support of their local elected officials, form long-term relationships with people and organizations in a city abroad. Each sister city organization is independent and pursues the…

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Added by Bit Devine on October 21, 2013 at 1:12pm — No Comments

No Passport Needed -- 'Ireland: In Word and Image'

Ireland: In Word and Image

By Jay Ben Adlersberg

Welcome Books, 272 Pages

On Sale Via Amazon.com October 22, 2013

Pre-Order Price: $42.70 (List Price $60.00)

A Review by Catherine Lilbit Devine

There is…

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Added by Bit Devine on October 18, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Always Remember ~ Cumann na mBan

Mary (Mollie) Gill, Murphystown, Dundrum - first President of Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael from 1923-1941

Frances Mary Josephine Gabriel Hurley, Ballybrack - released from the North Dublin Union on 29 September 1923

Dollie Jeffares, Grove Cottage, 7, Grove Ave, Blackrock - released from the North Dublin Union on 29 September…

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Added by Bit Devine on September 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Slan Abhaile, Seamus

(The remains of Seamus Heaney at the Church of Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne)

And so it comes time....the funeral rites...the stories to be told...the memories to be shared...…

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Added by Bit Devine on September 3, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

From the Frontier of Writing - Seamus Heaney

From the Frontier Of Writing



The tightness and the nilness round that space

when the car stops in the road, the troops inspect

its make and number and, as one bends his face

towards your window, you catch sight of more

on a hill beyond, eyeing with intent

down cradled guns that hold you under cover

and everything is pure interrogation

until a rifle motions and you move

with guarded unconcerned…

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Added by Bit Devine on August 30, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Follower - Seamus Heaney

I identified strongly with this poem from the first time I heard it spoken. Much like the follower that was Seamus in his childhood, I followed behind my father and grandfather as they worked cattle and handled ranch duties ... mimicking, getting under foot and learning, growing, as I did.

And now ... in the silver times, my father is slowing, jabbering on, following my lead ... sometimes: 

Follower



My father worked with a…

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Added by Bit Devine on August 30, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Not All Celts Are Gaels

The Celtic nations consist of:



Wales (Brythonic)

Cornwall (Brythonic)

Brittany (Brythonic)



Ireland (Gaelic)

Scotland (Gaelic)

Isle of Man (Gaelic)

In the beginning, the Celts were divided into different subsects who lived on the European mainland. One group made their way to Ireland whilst another group settled in…

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Added by Bit Devine on August 27, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

A New Chapter Begins

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Added by Bit Devine on August 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

'Live From The 33rd County': The Craic Is Mighty!

One of the benefits of being a Wild Geese member is that I am surrounded by uniquely talented and amazingly gifted individuals. I was recently asked to review a newly released CD, "Live from the 33rd County," from one of our very own Wild Geese, Mary Courtney. I have had it three weeks and it has rarely left my CD players. It…

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Added by Bit Devine on August 22, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Fragments of Time

After watching the video of Genetic ghosts, I kept recalling one of my poems, written in preparation for our first performance tour in Ireland back in 2005. I set to understanding the feelings I awakened during my visit the first year in the only way I knew best, rhythm and rhyme.…

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Added by Bit Devine on July 18, 2013 at 5:34pm — 2 Comments

Jane Lyons' 'From Ireland': A Lifelong Labour of Love

Photo courtesy of Jane Lyons

For any of you who are researching their family history in Ireland, you might want to take a look at:…

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Added by Bit Devine on July 10, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

'South Wind': Awakening the Silent Voices of America's Civil War

Jed Marum, a Boston lad who now calls Texas home, is a storyteller in true fashion of the Seanchaí of old.  He traces his heritage and roots back to Kilkenny and Galway. I can easily see him amongst the Bards of old entertaining Kings and commoners alike. 

Jed  has been performing on the Folk and Celtic music…

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Added by Bit Devine on June 12, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Every Small Victory leads to a Greater Success

A small victory but still counted...

The PSNI will only be allowed access to 11 out of the 85 taped interviews...

The 1st Circuit reined in the reach of a subpoena that would grant access to Boston College’s confidential interviews with former Irish Republic Army fighters.


http://ning.it/15X8LNB

Added by Bit Devine on June 8, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Marian Price FINALLY RELEASED!

She is home!! Hopefully she can rest and regain her strength. She is gravely ill,according to the family she wouldn't have lasted much longer

 

http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0530/453662-marian-price-northern-ireland/

Added by Bit Devine on May 30, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Graduation Celebration

Last June, Amaris Henry, a young man who interned with us at our shop as part of his graduation requirements for High School, spread his wings and flew into the crazy adult world of "After High School"... Asked by his grandparent what he wanted to do for his Graduation, He replied "I want to go to Ireland"

Fast forward to almost a year later, He and his mother are off on their Ireland adventure... I built their Itinerary for them...He will be blogging as they go...

Follow along…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 15, 2013 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Inis Mor

 

 

It is the call of the sea and the crashing waves…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 9, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Sprung Rhythm In A Nutshell

In A Nutshell

"God’s Grandeur" is a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, an English poet, Jesuit priest, and teacher. The poem was written in 1877, but like most of Hopkins’s…

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Added by Bit Devine on May 8, 2013 at 2:51pm — No Comments

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