The Swallows are here

The Swallows are here

I came out of the café and looked to my right, and there she was: the first swallow of the summer. The unmistakable forked tail streaming below the wire, the pale breast, tawny in the soft morning light, the hint of cobalt and burnt orange. Her mate flew by and she rose in a sweep and they both entered the open door of the barn. The swallows are here!

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On Hurling… 1

On Hurling… 1

 

“I swear by the oath of my people”, said Cú Chulainn, “I will make my doings be spoken of among the great doings of heroes in their strength” – Cú Chulainn of Muirthemne by Lady Gregory.

Heavy hearted after yesterday’s painful replay defeat by Clare in an All Ireland Final, I went out of the house this morning to get some groceries and try to distract myself. When I opened the front door I heard young girls laughing, as they played hockey in the rain at Ashton across the road. Continue reading “On Hurling… 1”

Happy Birthday, Kerry

Happy Birthday, Kerry

My friend Kerry O’Keefe would have been 55 today, had he lived this long. He didn’t. We lost him eight years ago.

He was too young to go, but illness took him after a long battle, leaving a loving wife Áine, and two beautiful children, Evan and Rachel.

I wrote this for him last November, when I visited his grave in Piltown…

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A Good Day for Ireland

A Good Day for Ireland

I was delighted with the sudden news today that Enda Kenny and Michéal Martin put their Civil War differences aside and will form a national government next week, for the good of all Irish people, especially those in need, and the homeless.

Fair play to Enda Kenny, in particular to offer the first 6 months of the rotating office of Taoiseach to the Fianna Fáil leader. And also a lot of praise had to go to Michéal who offered the office of Táiniste to Gerry Adams and congratulated him for his role in the Peace Process. Continue reading “A Good Day for Ireland”