Category Archives: Ireland


On stony ground

At every summit, I hoped we were done with the uphill climbs, but, with each one, the top of another mountain loomed ahead in the mist. The wind was now gusting to forty miles per hour and driving the rain … Continue reading

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Sacrificial acts

James Connolly was carried into the Stonebreakers’ Yard of Kilmainham Gaol on a stretcher. A few days earlier, he had been in command during the armed insurrection in Dublin called the Easter Rising. The revolt was launched on April 24, … Continue reading

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A ramble through Dingle

The rain was steady, as I strained to see the next waymark on the climb up Mount Brandon. The black marker posts did not identify an obvious footpath, but instead indicated the general direction—uphill through a marshy field of rubble. … Continue reading

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A high note in Donegal

” . . . the universe is often stumbled on by accident, or visualized in dreams. Only when the stars concur do we arrive.” (Ciaran Carron, Last Night’s Fun) Five months has been a long time to be away from home. … Continue reading

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