Legless in Dingle
When at the Dingle Aquarium, we did not spot any starfish regenerating their legs but I thnk we spotted an extra ‘o’ floating around the place.
Friends on the Road
‘Bóthar chumann na gCairde’ translates as ‘Society of Friends Road’, as does ‘bóṫar Ċuman na gcarad’.
When I saw the signs I did wonder for a while as to whether the author wanted to confirm that he did know another name for the Quakers or if there just did not happen to be a ‘Q’ in the Celtic font.
At the bottom of the road, I thought it ought to have been ‘Bóthar chumann creidimh na gCairde’ – ‘Religious Society of Friends Road’, but maybe the sign wasn't long enough.
Pattern Day on Culture Night
Friday Nineteenth was Culture Night.
The weather and life dictated that I couldn’t even get to the two events that I had hoped but I was very lucky to hear the lecture by Shane Lehane at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa on ‘The Pattern Day in Irish Folk Tradition’
Much was learnt including many wells and patterns previously unknown to me – St Killian in Tousist, outside Kenmare; Muckross; Ballygarvan; Galbally, two wells at Lough Ine; and, St Brigid’s Well in Carrigaline. The well at Castlemartyr has a Sheela-na-Gig.
From the little I have read – all of it today – the three commemorated in Kilmallock were killed for refusing to give up their religious beliefs – which appears to tick the box for martyrdom. Similar to Thursday, I have having difficulty with church involvement in wars with regard to a few of the others.
Waiting for Godot
Kicking Up One's Heels
Irish Water are, justifiably in my opinion, getting a lot of criticism regarding their forms and agreements but there is one thing that they do better than the other utility companies – Irish Water’s meter cabinets are in the ground.
Meter boxes used to be indoors until about thirty or so years ago when external electric and gas boxes were introduced – to allow the meters to be read when the residents are not at home.
The technology exists for automated meters with inbuilt SIM cards which can be called by the Utility Company to collect the reading but our government or our local authority have not compelled such technology to be used.
Our government and local authority still consider it acceptable to have plastic covered meter boxes on the face of buildings, plastic covers which are regularly damaged by vandalism, plastic covers which often come off their hinges, plastic covers which never blend in with the remainder of the property no matter how painted.
Our planners and political leaders consider these acceptable despite the alternative.
The treatment of the meter cabinets at Douglas St is an improvement on the original but ground level chambers or automated readers internally would surely be even better.
Poetry while one performs
An Irish Hero
Ladysbridge, Co. Cork
Éamon de Valera , Bruree
The things one learns on travelling the by-roads…..
I never knew that Éamon de Valera lived in Bruree, Co.Limerick.
His old house did not meet a similar fate to that of Michael Collins.
Of late, I have noted a number of vans with the operator’s/driver’s name on the side – regularly it is stated as a self-employed franchisee.
Today in Patrick St., I spotted another with an interesting addition or qualification.
Maybe the brackets were added to distinguish from the West Cork branch of the Okroj family.
Or maybe to explain the missing apostrophe.
Or maybe not…..
Packie Duignan & Ciarán Emmett
June was the first, and to date only, time that I have been in Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim – and it was only a ‘passing through’ trip but I did stop for these plaques to Packie Duignan and Ciarán Emmett
I thought it nice and fitting that two who played together are recognised so close together.
Similar to Gort, it appears that recognition is in terms of a Traditional Music Weekend
She was born in Charleville; left Ireland for Paris during the Famine; dug the grave of her lover and son with her bare hands; she was called The Queen of Paraguay; she was the world largest female landowner; and, that her body was exhumed from Paris and brought to Asuncion.
I don’t think we will get to the commemorative celebrations this weekend but one never knows – plans can change.
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