Archive for February, 2009

Cairn Hill

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

is the highest hill in County Longford. RTE has a TV transmitter on it. It has very easy access and there’s very flat country around there. It would have lovely views if the forestry didn’t go right to the top of it. As it is, all you can see is trees. Here’s a view of Cuilcagh, the highest mountain in Cavan from there.
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Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Killykeen forest park near Cavan is a great place for a quiet walk. Very few people go there this time of year. There are self-catering chalets in the forest, now closed for good. They must have cost a fortune. It’s owned by Coillte. It’s hard to get tourists to come to Cavan, no matter how beautiful it is.

This is the old summer house

Bruse Hill

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

near Arvagh is a similar height at 260m to Ardkill, Mullaghmeen, Lough Crew. It’s quite difficult to climb nearer the top as it’s covered in whins and brambles. It has three cairns.
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Instructions on clmbing it here


Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The old workhouse in Cavan built in 1841 is getting very run down. It’s owned by the HSE and some of it is used as offices and stores. It’s graveyard “The bullies acre” is supposed to contain the unmarked graves of over ten thousand people who died there during the famine (1847-1849). It’s a pity there isn’t a better memorial there. It was used as a geriatric hospital in more recent years. The workhouse in Bawnboy is also in bad nick but was never changed much and is reckoned to be one of the most original surviving Victorian workhouses

Old News

Friday, February 20th, 2009

I found this article in the Celt from July 6, 1849 at

“UNEQUAL MARRIAGE (from a Correspondent). – On the 23rd June last a marriage was celebrated by the Rev. Mr. ______ in the Church of ______. The Bridegroom, named Patrick DONOHOE, of Druminisklin (commonly called the “sack of gold,” from the immense quantity of gold he is supposed to have) is upwards of 80 years of age, the happy bride, named Mary LEDDY, of Ardlany, being only 16. As they were leaving the church after the ceremony was completed an accident occurred which caused great diversion. The Bridegroom, who is unable to walk without the aid of a stick, having proceeded a few paces from the door, stumbled, and came prostrate to the earth; on rising he exclaimed, “Mary, Mary, your devoted husband is undone!” but when he recovered from the shock, he ejaculated, “No, your loving, your devoted, your__ your__ your__ (he could not proceed, but wept like a child) your husband is not undone; thanks to kind Providence, he has been spared to be a happy bliss to you and your offspring hereafter.” These observations elicited a laugh from the spectators, who were very numerous. The happy couple were then conducted to a conveyance which awaited them, (gentle reader do not smile when I tell you what it was,) an ass’s cart! And they drove off as quick as poor donkey could foot it, followed by the spectators, who lustily cheered them till out of sight. I am informed that they are spending the ‘honey-moon’ at the residence of her father; the ‘dragging home’ is to take place next week, when great pleasure is anticipated.”

In rural Ireland, especially around here, families stay in the same place for generations. Both these families of Donohoes and Leddys still live in the same townlands. I wonder if they know of their infamous ancestors?

California gay marriage

Monday, February 9th, 2009

You might remember Ken Starr, the prosecutor who put so much effort into trying to get Bill Clinton impeached. Now he’s trying to nullify the 18,000 same sex marriages conducted in California since it was introduced in May 2008 and before the Proposition 8 amendment made it illegal again in November 2008. Needless to say, these 36,000 people are not too amused.

Hope he doesn’t get away with it, learn more at the Courage Campaign Website


Monday, February 9th, 2009

Next weekend is Valentine’s and we have special meals on Friday and Saturday nights. Legendz Karaoke on Friday night, and Tom Rehill on Saturday. Please be sure to book if you’d like to come for the meal, but everyone’s welcome afterwards for the music


Monday, February 9th, 2009

My two nephews and niece were christened together on Saturday.

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Plenty more photos here


Monday, February 9th, 2009

We’ve had our first decent snowfall on Saturday night but it hasn’t really stayed



Sunday, February 1st, 2009

On Friday night 6th of February we’re holding a beach party to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. He would have been sixty four, although he died in May 1981 at the age of 36.

On Saturday we’re having a family celebration. My sister Eileen, brother John and sister Mary have all had new babies born in the last two months and they’re having a joint christening for Piper, Darragh and Tadhg. Afterwards there’s Karaoke with Billy O’Rourke. Everyone welcome…no voice too bad!