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For current news from the community organizations Conway Mill Trust supports through fundraising in the U.S., click here Conway Mill Trust Newsletter July 2017

Glencar Waterfall








Glencar Waterfall-County Leitrim

“Where the wondering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,”

From “The Stolen Child”
William Butler Yeats-1886

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.



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.


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.

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