Tagged with Irish history

Patrick Morrisey’s 50 Days in Ireland

Patrick Morrisey’s 50 Days in Ireland

Each visit to Ireland runs deeper than the last. Back in the 1980s, I met distant relatives before hitching around The Republic. When I felt the Atlantic’s chill, I retreated south towards the equator and finally home to The Great South Land. From August to early October 2022, I crisscrossed Ireland, listening to RTÉ and … Continue reading

God in a Bottle

God in a Bottle

they were usually ‘a reused glass spirit, wine or mineral bottle often containing a carved wooden cross, with a ladder leaning against it inside, sometimes (but not always) filled with water’. The water was usually holy water, or at least marketed as such. Continue reading

Raucous, Rambunctious and Riotous

Raucous, Rambunctious and Riotous

The cast of Love’s Old Sweet Songs was led by the magnificent and maleficent MC, who, in true music hall style got us all wound up and raring to go for the opening of the show musical eisteddfod – a turning point / ‘tuning fork’ in the road in Joyce’s life. Continue reading