Lismore Castle

The Lismore Immrama Experience

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I got my first taste of the Lismore Immrama Festival of Travel Writing at the weekend. Despite the name, the festival is not just about travel and offers a wide variety of events, with something to interest everyone. As I've recently been reading 'The Famine in Waterford', I decided to attend a lecture by Donald Brady, who assisted in the editing of that particular publication. The lecture focused on the Watercolour Society of Ireland, a group of 6 strong and talented women, led by founding member: Frances Currey.
Hay Castle.

Book-Browsing in Hay-on-Wye

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My husband and I don't seem to be able to visit Wales without dedicating a day to Hay-on-Wye and all its beautiful bookshops! This time, myself and 'bump' prepared ourselves for much walking and browsing, with the blessed relief of comfy reading chairs along the way . . .
Shot of Flaming Sambuca

Birthday Celebrations, Bond, and Biryani

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I'm congratulating myself on a birthday well celebrated! Taking my cue from Usher, who recently announced on the Graham Norton show that he has 'a birthday week', I began my birthday celebrations on Sunday 28th October and ended them on Sunday 4th November!
Spanish dance company Delreves, performing the opening moves of their Alice in Wonderland Inspired routine: 'Repite Conmigo' begin their dance at the top of the Menapia Building.

Sky Dance! Delreves at Waterford Spraoi Festival

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I've lived in Waterford for nearly five years now, and up until last weekend, I had never experienced the Spraoi Festival. I had heard lots about it and had been intrigued, but I must admit, I'm not a big crowd person and I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to outdoor events plus torrential downpours. But this year, I took a good look at the Spraoi programme (and the weather forecast), determined to find a suitable event to attend. I found Delreves.

Circus Tricks, Walks and Plaice

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I'm a regular at the circus, since moving to Ireland four years ago. My Mum-in-Law's field provides the perfect base for visiting circuses and means that Hubs and I get free tickets! Circus Gerbola was the latest troupe of entertainers to settle in for the weekend.
alice in wonderland wire sculpture

Hill Watching, The Clancys and Ormond Castle

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My weekend was pretty different, inspiring me to write about a cluster of experiences. I have been surprised by the weather, intriguing landscapes, an historic building and a local festival. The fun began with a picnic overlooking stunning views on the way to Clonmel (see pic).
Anne Casey and K. S. Moore at the launch of 'out of emptied cups'

Launch of Anne Casey’s ‘out of emptied cups’

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The launch of Anne Casey’s ‘out of emptied cups’ sparkled with breathtaking poetry and poignant melodies; Anne’s reading was complimented by the...
Emo Court, County Laois

The Heart of Summer – Review

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The Heart of Summer The Heart of Summer is a series of three poetry events, brought to the public by Poetry Ireland, in association with...

Day Trip: Swiss Cottage and Cahir Castle

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Having battled the rain for days, it was a blessing to see the sun for a few hours last week, as Hubs and I brought my visiting sister to see Swiss Cottage and Cahir Castle. Of course, we had our rain coats at the ready, but as we admired the outside of the cottage, its charms were highlighted by the warmth and glow of sunshine.