‘She Is Far From The Land’ by Thomas Moore — Stair na hÉireann – History of Ireland

Robert Emmet’s love affair with Sarah Curran inspired Thomas Moore to write ‘She Is Far From The Land’. ‘She is Far from the Land’ By Thomas Moore She is far from the land, where her young hero sleeps, And lovers are round her, sighing; But coldly she turns from their gaze, and weeps, For her […]… Read More ‘She Is Far From The Land’ by Thomas Moore — Stair na hÉireann – History of Ireland

Today in Irish History – 26 August: — Stair na hÉireann – History of Ireland

1725 – Five Dublin children receive the first recorded smallpox inoculations in Ireland. 1798 – General Humbert leaves Ballina bound for Castlebar. He takes an indirect route through the mountains. 1811 – Death of Thomas Fitzsimons. He was an American merchant and statesman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress, the Constitutional […]… Read More Today in Irish History – 26 August: — Stair na hÉireann – History of Ireland

Book lovers, unite!

Originally posted on Kick-Ass Ireland!:
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. (Jorge Luis Borges) If yesterday’s long list of Firefox bookmarks was anything to go by, you’d have taken me for a very active library assistant waiting impatiently to sort non-fiction books according to the Dewey Classification again. It…

Ireland 1916

Ireland speaks no language I cannot hear with my heart. Sings no songs I cannot feel by their touch on my lips. Holds no love I cannot embrace with my thoughts. Ireland listens quietly, Unconditionally. ©Willeke Van Eeckhoutte, 2013, 2016 #1916 #Ireland1916 #EasterMonday #RTE1916 #Easter1916 #1916Rising #EasterRising ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ © Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Kick-Ass Ireland!, 2015-2016. Unauthorized… Read More Ireland 1916

Famine

Originally posted on Kick-Ass Ireland!:
Ever since Dublin became my home town, the Irish Famine sculptures by artist Rowan Gillespie on Custom House Quay haunt me. The statues are ‘walking’ on towards emigration ships like the Jeannie Johnston. and they describe so well the hunger Irish people went through during the Great Famine, called Gorta Mór…

Use it or lose it!

“I much prefer a writer’s slow process from that one, flickering half a sentence in my head to it eventually making it into my handbag’s notebook or onto the internet. After all, writing in Ireland is a national illness, or a survival instinct of sorts. A lot of ideas come to me by my own form of public crowdsourcing; listening to people and picking up a few words here or there, thinking those words could eventually become a new piece.”… Read More Use it or lose it!

Fake it 'til you make it!

“Your conscious mind gives your unconscious the task to change your outlook on life, and it is slowly being bent into thinking you’re a champion within your own league.
The beauty is this: the brain in fact doesn’t really know the difference between your mind’s visualisation and reality. And therein lies the power, not the slightly negative connotation of wanting-to-be/do-something, but the positivity of having or being it already. If need be, fake it ’til you make it!”… Read More Fake it 'til you make it!

That thing people call 'summer'

“It’s just another one of those very paradoxical facts of life: as a person with MS, you lack vitamin D. The only way to get good vitamin D into your body is to spend time in the sun. If heat sensitivity is part of your long list of MS symptoms, though, you can’t sit outdoors in the sun because your other MS symptoms get worse. Result? You choose to stay out of the sun, and therefore continue to lack vitamin D.”… Read More That thing people call 'summer'