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Descent of Irish Royalty

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blood From a Shadow Aug 28, 2013. 12 Replies

I want to talk about this. I have been led to pages of information that state that the Irish…Continue

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Set in Ireland with a touch of fantasy "The Last Torch" is a new exciting musical poised to take the world by storm. It's Les Miserables meets Game of Thrones. This musical is an adventure through time and space connecting the past to the present through music.

"The Last Torch" centres around the historic destruction of King Philip of Spains fleet off the West coast of Ireland. Detailed accounts exist of the meeting between the Spanish Captain Francisco Cuellar and the rebel clan leader Brian O'Rourke. This musical is heavily based in history taken mostly from Franciscan writings and the detailed account of Cuellar but also contains some fictional characters and relationships.

On many levels it's a love story. It tells of the love of the Irish for their culture and land, the love for their children and their love for each other. It is romance and passion on the backdrop of conflict. This story gives homage to the fallen, to the men and women who have fought for their independence against dire odds and have given their lives in the name of freedom. It explores Indigenous, colonisation and power issues all of which are relevant today.

Whilst writing the music I was transported to another realm. I could hear the music like it was emerging from my bones, like it was being whispered in my ear. The main themes arrived in a frenzy of writing and visualising that lasted 3 months. Over the last four years this musical/opera has taken form and now needs to dance on stage. It is to this end that I am asking for support.

This is a mission about many things. It's about the colonisation of Ireland and the consequent generational damage that it caused in my family and so many others and the healing of that pain. It's about love and the feminine. It's for my mother, it's for all who went before and those who will come after. It's about remembering where I am from and inspiring you to find out your story, find your passion and go on your mission.

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Autism + Art + Decolonise

Posted on June 14, 2021 at 2:52am 0 Comments

I started my visual art journey as a way to explore the idea I was autistic. I was diagnosed autistic at 45! It's been rough and I've fought really hard to stay a good person despite the abuse and lack of understanding. Music was my first love and I am blessed to have been raised in an Irish traditional sense by a musical mother. My family sang together and as immigrants it was accepted although it made some people uncomfortable.  Here is some music from my autistic brain…

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Druidism

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I have been working on my website with all my creative work. Its been so nice to collate my work although I haven't included the Last Torch yet. To keep my sane during this immensely intense time on the planet I have turned to my ancestral faith. It makes sense when you think about my last experience in Ireland. I don't know why this is happening to me but its giving me hope. Nature speaks to me and I feel like I am going on the journey I am meant to. I long to see Ireland again and hope one…

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The Hill of Tara

Posted on December 2, 2020 at 10:30pm 3 Comments

I am going to ask you to suspend your judgment for a paragraph. I went to Ireland last year with my partner as part of a documentary. After the formal dinner, we went for a jaunt to the Hill of Tara. We took some photos around the coronation stone and lay on the hillside for a while. Some locals…

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I am going to ask you to suspend your judgment for a paragraph. I went to Ireland last year with my partner as part of a documentary. After the formal dinner, we went for a jaunt to the Hill of Tara. We took some photos around the coronation stone and lay on the hillside for a while. Some locals pointed us to the fairy tree across the field. I saw it immediately, it was…See More
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The Hill of Tara

I am going to ask you to suspend your judgment for a paragraph. I went to Ireland last year with my partner as part of a documentary. After the formal dinner, we went for a jaunt to the Hill of Tara. We took some photos around the coronation stone and lay on the hillside for a while. Some locals pointed us to the fairy tree across the field. I saw it immediately, it was…See More
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At 7:20am on December 1, 2014, mary mc ginnis said…

Fran my beautiful girl you do Danny Boy proud.

At 2:22am on December 30, 2015, Pelican Pictures said…

Did you know about the Fenian escape here?

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