Tag Archives: Ireland

The Earth will welcome him: Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney, the great Irish poet who died this week will be buried in his home town of Bellaghy, Co. Derry on Monday. Bellaghy (Bell-ack-ee), on the shore of Lough  Neagh, (Lock Nay)  is a bleak part of Northern Ireland, … Continue reading

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One Potato, Two Potato…

It is my practice, when in Ireland, to eat at least five forms of potato every day. It isn’t difficult and it is certainly no hardship. Take yesterday: The day started with leftover ham and homefries. At Fitzroy’s in Derry, … Continue reading

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Forty Shades of Green: Ireland’s answer to Fifty Shades of Gray

Spud Hughes is over-excited. It seems the author of Fifty Shades of Gray is married to a man from Newry, Co. Down, Spud’s home town. Spud is sure that E.L. James picked up her filthy habits from her husband, and so he is … Continue reading

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Three kinds of Potato

The beans are soaking. The swimming schedule has been agreed with Gretel. I had a no-sugar cereal for breakfast and a salad for lunch. It is back to porridge now I have returned from a gluttonous trip to Ireland. Readers … Continue reading

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A hedgerow makes the headline

I am debuting a new banner for the Blarney blog. The photo above replaces one of an Irish letter box taken in Navan, Co. Meath several years ago. The new banner features a hedgerow in Carnlough, Co. Antrim, snapped last week on a day-trip to the … Continue reading

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May the Lord in his Mercy be Kind to Belfast

I will never forgive them for what they took from me: the men with the guns and the sinister shades, and the women with bombs in prams where there should have been babies. It wasn’t just me of course. It … Continue reading

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Bubbly, baps and Belfast Lough

I justified the pork and leek sausages, potato bread and soda farl because I started the day with a swim. At St. Georges market, I dodged all the temptation, including  Pie Tanic, a delicious sounding mixture of haddock, cider and … Continue reading

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Have you no James Galway?

The rain started just about the same time as the show. Eighteen thousand people had been given free tickets. Only those of us who were related to someone involved in the production actually used them, turning out on a cold, … Continue reading

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Back with a Vengeance

My levels of self-loathing are at a new high and this is a hard post to write. I have put on most of the weight I lost last year and, as the anniversary of my respite at the (yes, madly … Continue reading

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Treat America like Ireland

When the musical of my life is written and performed there will be a massive, sour-faced chorus all singing “why don’t you have your phone?, oh, where is your phone? oh why why can’t you keep your phone?”. The chorus … Continue reading

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