Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Escape to Cork and Captain America

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Cork has become one of my favourite places to escape to - not that I need to escape very often.  It's just that when...
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.
The Armoury Cafe, Glencree

Pascale Petit & Paul Durcan at The Shaking Bog – Review

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To be surrounded by mountains is to be held in a green, sloping hug . . .  Those were my feelings en...
Mount Congreve House.

The Secret Gardens at Mount Congreve

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We were in Waterford when we got the call. It was Mum-in-law, phoning to tell us that the gardens at Mount Congreve would be open to the public, that afternoon. As we were on the way back from a business shopping trip to my husband's office, work beckoned. But the gardens demanded our attention. We had never seen them. It would be something to blog about.
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...

Books and Hanging on the Telephone

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Last Thursday (March 6th) was World Book Day and I celebrated by treating myself to three new books: 'The American' by Martin Booth, 'Killing the Shadows' by Val McDermid' and 'Ghost Light' by Joseph O'Connor.

Diamonds are a Queen’s Best Friend

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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is upon us (in fact it has been for the last four days), talk about making the most of an occasion! Despite the enthusiasm of the British public I do wonder if it's a case of 'God Save the Queen' or 'Thank God for an extra Bank Holiday'.
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...
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!