Archive for June, 2009

Cavan Tourism

Friday, June 26th, 2009

There was a good report about visiting Cavan in Saturday’s Irish Independent newspaper, particularly the area around the river Erne (Ireland’s second longest river; both it and the Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, rise in County Cavan).
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Here’s a photo of the Bellavally Gap. Highest point in Glan Gap. Any water flowing left of here goes into the River Erne and on towards Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal; any flowing right goes into the Shannon, and on towards Limerick! The square shapes in the field the other side of the road are pieces of cutaway bog.

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Graduation Day

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I’m like the official photographer for Teresa Leddy’s Little Friends Creche in Cathedral View, Cavan. Tuesday was Graduation Day and they all got little caps and gowns

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Shannon’s Birthday

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Yesterday was my niece, Shannon’s sixth birthday. Here‘s a few photos from the party.


Gay Pride

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

This is Gay Pride week in Dublin. This year’s theme “Pride and Prejudice?”, celebrates pride in who we are as LGBTQ people and as a community, whilst questioning our community, society in general and ourselves on our attitudes and prejudices. The festival should celebrate diversity and challenge peoples’ perceptions of it.

The big march is on next Saturday at 2pm, and there are other events all this week. There’s a full program here

Going to or supporting a Pride march doesn’t mean people will think you’re gay. Everyone is welcome and all it says about you is that you support respect for everybody regardless of their sexuality, so if you can, GO.

Here’s a video of NBC comentator Keith Olberman discussing Marriage equality, you can learn more about it in Ireland here


Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Eircom are improving their service to us yet again by removing the only phonebox in town on Monday. Their excuse? Everyone has mobiles and the phonebox doesn’t make enough to cover it’s costs. Public Service? Forget it…we’ve been privatised. They’ve also removed the one in Mountnugent and two or three in Ballyjamesduff, although they’re leaving one there for now. I believe it’s actually the County Council who pay Eircom the difference between what it costs to maintain the phoneboxes and how much they get in revenue from them. It was supposed to be removed in March. I suppose it would be cynical of me to think they waited until after the local elections to do it.


Guitar Man

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Like your music acoustic? No synthesizers? Come and listen to the Guitar Man next time they’re here. Pete and Stephen are good musicians (although not as good as they think they are!) and always worth a listen. This is them here last Saturday night.
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Monday, June 8th, 2009


Doolough (The Black Lake) in County Mayo. During the Famine in Ireland more than 2.5 million people died of hunger and many more emigrated to America to escape starvation. Like the rest of Connemara the Famine had a devastating effect on the area around Killary Harbour. Still etched in the landscape to the present day are the ridges and hollows of the potato beds and the ruins of many tiny stone dwellings which failed to house such impossibly large families at that time. In March 1847, a crowd of over 600 starving people, including many women and children gathered in Louisburgh seeking assistance from the relieving officer. He informed them that they would have to apply to the Board of Guardians who were to meet next day at Delphi Lodge, ten miles away. Having traversed the short mountain route they spent the night in the open, and proceeded on foot to Delphi . When they reached Delphi , the Board were at lunch and could not be disturbed. When they finally did meet with them, assistance was refused. That day it rained and snowed and there was piercing wind. On the longer coastal return journey to Louisburgh, over 400 of these people were washed into the open waters or died from exposure by the shores of the Killary.

In 1841 the Choctaw Indians in Mississippi were forced from their homelands to journey many hundred miles cross country to Oklahoma . Many of them perished on what became known as the ‘Trail of Tears’. A report in ‘The Arkansas Intelligencer’ of April 3rd 1847 stated that the Choctaw Indians, on learning of the Doolough Tragedy, sent money to a famine relief fund in Ireland. Although destitute themselves, the Choctaws scraped together $710 to send to help the starving Irish. In 1992, in recognition of this extraordinary act of generosity, 22 Irish men and women re-enacted the tragic 500-mile ‘Trail of Tears’ which resulted in the Choctaw Indian population reduced to less than half. Raising 1,000 dollars for every one given by the Choctaws to relieve the suffering in famine-stricken Somalia . In 1997, at the annual ‘Famine Walk’ held between Louisburgh and Doolough, the Chief of the Choctaw Nation joined hundreds of others in remembering this tragic event. This monument in the valley has the following inscription from Gandhi, among others, commemorating the event. “How can men feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings?”


Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Does anyone else remember Smokie coming to the Springs year after year? Charlie Mullally’s party piece is still “Alice, Alice, where the fuck is Alice?”. Here’s their video “Jet Lagged” from 1982 and it’s no wonder they’re not still going. There was no expense spared but the world just wasn’t ready for the go-go vegetables and the burger spewing something red about halfway through. Watch out for the singer’s coke-snort around 1m45s…