Archive for April, 2009

Hen Party

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Caitlin’s hen party was great crack. It had a builder’s theme. Here’s the Tully Sisters, Caitlin, Brid, Sinead and Maeve singing Karaoke. They need to keep the day jobs for a while yet I think. Plenty of other photos on flickr here

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Guan Yin

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe presents a beautiful performance of the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. What’s amazing is that all the performers are deaf.

St Mary’s Abbey

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Cavan is unusual historically as it was founded by the local Gaelic chiefs the O’Reillys and is one of the few (perhaps the only) Gaelic town in Irish history.

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Founded in 1300 by Giolla Iosa Rua O’Reilly as a Dominican abbey. In 1393 the Dominicans were expelled, and replaced by the Franciscans. The abbey was burned in 1451, 1468 and 1576. Owen Roe O’Neill was buried there in 1649. There are no remains of the medieval abbey although an 18th century tower survives on the site.

The plaque was unveiled in 1949 by President of Ireland, Sean T O’Kelly.

The death of Owen Roe was a colossal blow to the Irish people at large and particularly the Irish of Ulster. The country was cast into deep mourning. Now that Charles the First of England was dead the threat of Cromwell and his Roundheads hung over the country and Owen Roe was their sole protector against him. As the poet most succinctly put it

“Did they dare, did they dare, to slay Owen Roe O’Neill?
Yes, they slew with poison him they had feared to meet with steel.
Had he lived – had he lived – our dear country had been free;
But he’s dead – but he’s dead – and ’tis slaves we’ll ever be.

Sagest in the council was he, kindest in the Hall:
Sure we never won a battle – ’twas Owen won them all.
Soft as woman’s was your voice, O’Neill; bright was your eye,
Oh! Why did you leave us, Owen? Why did you die?

Your troubles are all over, you’re at rest with God on high;
But we’re slaves, and we’re orphans, Owen! – why did you die?
We’re sheep without a Shepherd, when the snow shuts out the sky-
Oh! why did you leave us, Owen? Why did you die?”

Thanks to Jim Hannon’s article. More photos here


Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

A sure sign of Spring, the bluebells are out in the woods near Loreto College in Cavan

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Dun an Ri

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

The weather’s good now so you’ve no excuse not to get out in the fresh air. I recommend Dun an Ri Forest park near Kingscourt. It has several walks of about a mile or two in length and lovely trees and scenery. Like Killykeen, it’s owned by Coillte, but they seem to be more successful here, maybe because they get more visitors they can spend more money on development.
This is Cromwell’s Bridge on the estate



Monday, April 20th, 2009

On Friday night we have a quiz in aid of Kilnaleck Comhaltas. It’s to raise money for the Cavan County Fleadh Ceol which is in Kilnaleck this year over Whit weekend (May 29th-June 1st) so get studying.

Oops I made a mistake there, the quiz is in Tom Michaels instead!!

On Saturday it’s Karaoke with Legendz, should be good fun, It’s Caitlin Tully’s hen party and you know what they’re like :-)


Monday, April 20th, 2009

I’ve decided to have a free competition every month to get you commenting and to find out if anyone really reads this. This month I’m giving a bottle of Powers 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey worth €45, sponsored by Mark at Irish Distillers.


All you have to do to enter is to comment on this post, making sure to leave your email address. In a month’s time, I’ll choose the winner using a random number generator and you could be sipping this great whiskey at the right price (FREE). Unfortunately, I don’t think it’ll be possible to ship it internationally, so if you’re from another country, you can still enter, but if you win you’ll have to nominate someone you know in Ireland to receive it. The closing date is May 19th. Only enter once, your comment may not show up right away as it has to be approved if you haven’t commented before, so don’t worry, it’ll get there shortly.

Here’s the blurb on the whiskey, it’s good stuff:

Powers 12 year old Reserve is a very special premium edition of Powers Gold Label, Ireland’s favourite whiskey. This reserve is chosen from specially selected whiskeys, aged from 12 to 24 years and is matured in carefully chosen American oak barrels. Powers 12 has that Irish characteristic strong pot still presence, which accounts for its rich full flavoured and spicy character.


Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Near Mullaghmore, in County Sligo, once owned by Prince Philip’s uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten; grandson of Queen Victoria, retired Admiral of the Fleet, one time Commander of Allied Forces in Southeast Asia, last Viceroy of India, First Sea Lord, and Earl of Burma. Blown up in his boat in 1979 by the IRA, God rest the old duffer, he probably deserved it after years of carrying the white man’s burden in Asia.
It’s now owned by Clones Beef Baron, Hugh Tunney. Ben Bulben in the background.
Classiebawn Castle
and nearby…

Under bare Ben Bulben’s head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.
An ancestor was rector there
Long years ago, a church stands near,
By the road an ancient cross.
No marble, no conventional phrase;
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman pass by!

Yeats's Grave
Yeats’s (or somebody’s, there’s some controversy) body was moved here from Roquebrune in the South of France. Apparently he was never photographed smiling, possibly because he didn’t have any teeth.

Mickey Mullahoran’s Stag

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

We had Mickey Mullahoran’s (Galligan’s) stag party at the weekend and a good time was had by all. Here’s Mickey dressed to impress
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and here’s Joe Lynch enjoying the fun.
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There are more photos here