The Quiet Man
John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara

A visit to The Quiet Man Museum today in beautiful Cong, co Mayo, wouldn’t have been half so educational without my 86 year old dad. “The Quiet Man” starred John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara and brought an enormous amount of excitement to the west of Ireland when, in 1951, Hollywood took over the village of […]

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A Very Special Mother

If you are going to bury your mother it is best to do it on a cold sunny February day in a strange – yet familiar – place which makes an unreal event just seem all the more dreamlike. The chill was just right.  Funerals should be uncomfortable, I think, especially when you are saying […]

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Perfect Moments

God, I'm happy today. I'm having a life moment of unadulterated bliss and what's great about that is there is plenty of reason for me to feel bummed-off but instead I feel happy.  And isn't that just the perfect way to be – happy despite everything? I managed to find my way to 8am mass […]

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Invasion of the Garden Snatchers and Other ‘Tails’

What purpose are these cows serving in my life? Earlier on today, they hot-hooved it up the length of the field where I assume the farmer must have been calling them to their Sunday fry-up. But even as I write these words, they have all come back down and are congregating just outside my fence…

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