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It was like a miracle, but before our very eyes, and almost in the drawing of a breath, the whole body crumbled into dust and passed from our sight. I shall be glad as long as I live that even in that moment of final dissolution there was in the face a look of peace, such as I never could have imagined might have rested there.”

The Galway Rosary

Galway Rosary

 

The Galway Rosary-On display at The Mission Nombre de Dios Museum in America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, FL.

 

Quote

Who said “It is next to impossible…to toss a brick in the air anywhere in County Galway without it landing on the head of some musician.”

James Galway – Flautist
Born in Belfast in 1939
Quote is from ‘an Autobiography (1978)

Irish Coffee

The credit for inventing this variation of the hot toddy goes to Joe Sheridan, the chef of Foyne’s Restaurant in County Clare in the 1940s, who mixed Irish Mist liqueur with hot coffee and sugar and topped his creation with thick cream. Today, Irish whiskey is more commonly used and whipped cream is often substituted for the topping, although the original recipe called for thick cream that had not been whipped. The proper way to drink Irish coffee is to sip it through the layer of cream.

George Bernard Shaw Quote

“Ireland, sir, for good or evil, is like no other place under heaven, and no man can touch its sod or breathe its air without becoming better or worse.”

Irish Proverb

Both your friend and your enemy think you will never die.

Did you Know?

The sweaters of the fishermen of the Aran Islands are woven with different patterns for each family, as individual as fingerprints. This tradition resulted from fishermen drowning accidentally and their sweaters being the only remnants that returned to shore.  The individual weave helped identify the fishermen who had been lost to the sea.

Cluricauns

There is much debate about whether cluricauns are simply leprechauns out on an all-night bender after work or a more rambunctious ill-tempered, nocturnal cousin. Cluricauns do resemble leprechauns, aside from a rosy, inebriated blush around the nose and the fact that they are never seen in work clothes. They are known to drunkenly entertain themselves by capturing farm animals or goats and race them in bogs or fields. Cluricauns can sometimes be found in wealthy men’s cellars, drinking wine and breaking bottles, but if they are cut off from their alcohol supply, they will move on to pester someone else.

A recent New York Times report indicates that due to Brexit, Gibraltar may face new border restrictions once Britain is no longer a member of the European Union. Currently free cross border movement of people is guaranteed since both Spain and Britain are members of the EU. The report stated that the EU’s remaining leaders might give Spain an effective veto over whether any deal applied to Gibraltar, a British Territory. Spain ceded Gibraltar to Britain in 1713 and since then it has long been the subject of an acrimonious sovereignty dispute between London and Madrid. It should be pointed out that in last years referendum, Gibraltarians voted overwhelmingly (96%) to stay in the EU. Now that Britain will leave the EU, what will the future hold for this British Territory?

SOLDIERS OF CUMANN NA MBAN

2007, May-Ballymurphy Rd.-A
This song was sung for the first time by its author, Brian O’Higgins (native of County Tipperary) on the night before the Rising Sunday, April 23rd, 1916. The author (AKA Bran Banba) participated in 1916 Rising as Staff Officer, stationed in the GPO.

 

 

All honour to Oglaigh na hEireann!
All praise to the men of our race,
Who, in days of betrayal and slavery,
Saved Ireland from shame and disgrace!
But do not forget in your praising
Oaf them and the deeds they have done,
Their loyal and true-hearted comrades,
The soldiers of Cumann na mBan

Chorus
They stand for the honour of Ireland,
As their sisters in days that are gone,
And they’ll march with their brothers to freedom-
The soldiers of Cumann na mBan!

No great-hearted daughter of Ireland
Who died for her sake long ago,
Who stood in the gap of her danger,
Defying the Sasanach foe,
Was ever more valiant or worthy
Of honour in high-sounding rann,
Than the comrades of Oglaigh na hEireann,
The soldiers of Cumann na mBan

Chorus
O, High beats the heart of our Mother!
The day she has longed for is nigh,
When the sunshine of joy and of freedom
Shall glow in the eastern sky,
And none shall be honoured more proudly
Than the daughters who served her in danger,
The soldiers of Cumann na mBan.

2007, May-Ballymurphy Rd.-A

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