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For the latest news from the Conway Mill Trust family in Northern Ireland, click here Conway Mill Trust Newsletter – December 2019.

The Bog Lands-William A. Bryne

In Tir-na’n-Og-Ethna Carbery

The Irish-Francis Carlin

Lady Day in Ireland-P.J. Carroll

Lost Youth-Sir Roger Casement

Maire My Girl-John Keegan Casey

An Old Woman of the Roads-Padraic Colum

Death of Cuchulain-Eleanor Rogers Cox

The Old Violin-Maurice Francis Egan

The Ould Plaid Shawl-Francis A. Fahy

Leinster-Louise Imogen Guiney

A Sea Story-Emily Hickey

Fineen the Rover-Robert Dwyer Joyce

Light Shoes-Patrick Kelly

The Irish Peasant Girl-Charles Joseph Kickham

Ireland-Sir Edmund Leamy

Ireland, Mother of Priests-Shane Leslie

Wishes for My Son-Thomas Macdonough

Dark Rosaleen-James Clarence Mangan

St. Brigid-Denis A. McCarthy

A Christmas Carol-Mary A. O’Reilly

Ideal-P.H. Pearse

The Stars Sang in God’s Garden-Joseph Mary Plunkett

The Men Behind the Guns-John Jerome Rooney

The Poet-William Rooney

The Ancient Race-Rev. Michael Tormey

Sheep and Lambs-Katherine Tynan

E Tenebris-Oscar Wilde

Famous film-set designer Cedric Gibbons, who worked on more than 1,500 movies from the 1920s to the 1950s, was born in Dublin in 1823 and immigrated to America. Not only did he win a dozen Academy awards, he also designed the Oscar statuette.

For good luck in the coming year, Irish children who are celebrating their birthdays are traditionally raised into the air upside down, and their heads are bumped gently against the floor, one bump for every year of their age, plan an extra bump to grow on.


These gentle fairy creatures can remove their seal skins, thereby taking on mortal forms of stunningly beautiful men or women with dark eyes and hair, until they put their skins back on, transforming back into seals as they return to the sea. Like merrows, selkies sometimes have webbed fingers or toes. They are compelled to obey anyone who captures their shed seal skins, and because of their beauty, many people have become romantically entangled with selkies. Unfortunately, these romantic stories usually end in tragedy, as a selkies can only dally with a human for a short time before returning to the sea. While in their mortal forms, selkies frequent sea cliffs and sing melancholy songs. The movie The Secret of Roan Inish is a tale of a selkie.

Irish Drink Irish Mist

First produced in Tullamore in 1947, Irish Mist is a complex, golden liquor made from aged Irish whiskey, heather and clover honey, aromatic herbs and spices and other spirits, supposedly derived from an ancient recipe for heather wine more than a thousand years old. Since 1985, it has been manufactured in Dublin by the Cantrell & Cochrane Group. Mist is available in more than 40 countries, and is sometimes preferred mixed with colas.

Born in Dalkey, the novelist Maeve Binchy focuses on themes such as the disparity between rural and urban living, the societal changes in Ireland after World War II and the contrasts between Ireland and England. In 1995, her novel Circle of Friends was adapted into a Hollywood movie starring Chris O’Donnell and Minnie Driver.

Alex Levine Quotation

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.  Alex Levine

Irish-American Celebrity

Pierce Brosnan (May 16, 1953 — ) The handsome television and film actor holds both Irish and American citizenship. After first rising to popularity in the TV show Remington Steele, Brosnan moved to movies and has starred in crowd-pleasers Dante’s Peak, The Thomas Crown Affair and Mamma Mia! He also starred as secret agent James Bond in four films from 1995 to 2002.

Born in Wexford, Eoin (pronounced “Owen”) Colfer gained fame as the creator of the Artemis Fowl series of children’s books. Colfer was also given permission to write his sixth book in the late Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, entitled And Another Thing…, which was published in October 2009.

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