Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Fourth Estate.
Embedded in such legalise
As please M'Lords
A little wheeze
Could show good cause
To such respect
When body politic
That every class
Of hound or hack
Was safely muzzled
Round the back.
Or carcass nailed
In some debate
That prowled about
The Fourth Estate.
Photo: The River Tolka/Blanchardstown.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
All Ireland Poetry Day.
The Boyne Writers' Group are hosting an event at St Patrick's Cathedral Loman Street Trim on Thursday the 1st of October at 11am to mark the above and all are welcome. Details to come on their site. Click on the link opposite.
Photo: Memorial Cross on Hill of Tara. Erected I believe in 1948 to mark battle of 1798.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Photographs: Left to Right. Sean Reilly, Michael Shiels and Tommy Murray. Michael Regan behind the desk.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Well known Trim author and solicitor Michael Regan will be
master of ceremonies at the launch of Tommy Murray's book
of poems "Counting Stained Glass Windows" at Trim Library
on the 20th of August. Michael's own book "Ten In A Bed" was perhaps one of the best selling memoirs published in Ireland
in the last few years.
Tom French of the Meath County Library, an award winning
poet (Forward Prize 2002) will launch the book on the night.
In what promises to be a lively event with wine for the ladies
and the odd verse or two, the event kicks off at 7pm, so don't
"Counting Stained Glass Windows" Lapwing Press at €8 Euro.
Photo: Michael Regan at the Boyne Readings.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Inebriated by the exuberance of their own verbosity,and late of the King's Library, and even later of Trim, the Royal and Ancient Order of Scribes, will gather one week hence at the said Castle to debate on whether contemporary learning has surpassed anything at all! May the best team win. Tickets are €25 Euro each and available from The Trim Swift Committee. I borrowed the opener from Benjamin Disraeli who had a lot to say on such things. More info at http://www.boynewriters.com/ and follow the links. Such is the seriousness of this, I had difficulty in finding an image suitable and had to settle for less.
Before I go I have to mention a competition worth keeping an eye out for next year. The Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards in Saggart Co Dublin, (where I had some little success) is worth a look in. The standard of the short stories was something else. Signing off.
Photo: Clouds over Meath.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Photos: Tommy Murray at Jack Quin's (High Nellies 2008)
Friday, June 12, 2009
Photo: Book cover. The Hill of Skryne.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Photograph: Taken Scurlogstown Olympiad 2008.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
William Bulfin cycling through Meath at the turn of the last century stopped on the railway bridge in Kilmessan to get his first view of Tara. He had come a long way. A native of Derrinlough in Co Offaly he returned to Ireland after seventeen years in the Argentine and set out on a journey that would take him to almost every corner of the Island. Plotting a course from Crúachain to Uisneach, he searched in vain for any reference to what he described as once one of the great capitals of the world and found none.
Battling through drovers herding cattle from the railway stations at Enfield and The Hill of Down he spent the night in Connell's Hotel in Trim before heading out for the Hill. On announcing that he was one of the first of an advance party of the Gael returning, they enquired of him if they would be all as wet and as hungry as he was. "Past the courthouse," they said, "Turn left, and out by Kilmessan across the Boyne." (William Bulfin: Rambles in Eirinn).
Looking back from the Hill he described Meath as a great forest, a tenantless expanse of grass from which man had banished himself and he lamented the absence of people. He held to a set of views that were not politically correct then and perhaps even less so now and if he failed to see the finer points of some or the shortcomings of others, he knew what he was standing on. His friend Arthur Griffith and others were instrumental in bringing to an end excavations by an evangelical group who believed The Ark of the Covenant was buried on the Hill. Who knows?
In the hundred years since Bulfin's been there Tara has hosted many visitors, the local volunteers assembled in 1916 , while there must be many in the surrounding parishes who remember the celebrations in '48 or '49, not forgetting the Pope's visit and waiting for helicopters that didn't come. Daniel O' Connell delivered a speech there before the famine which would make uncomfortable reading for the great and the good.
Approaching Tara today there is no shortage of signs, and if you read the small print some of them proclaim Meath to be the heritage capital of Ireland, and it is, but it is a heritage that is badly protected. Tara is perhaps the most important archaeological and historical site in Ireland and one of the most important in the world and to drive a motorway into that complex, when there are other alternatives, does not make sense.
Towns along the N3 should have been bypassed years ago, and for those caught in the gridlock of Navan or Dunshaughlin then I suspect that the motorway cannot come soon enough, but it is difficult to understand why the stretch between Skryne and Tara could not have been upgraded to accommodate everyone's interest. that the protest was left to academics or actors or what the media described as "tree huggers" is to nobody's credit.
The clamour though to move the road does not make sense either. Move it to where? Tara is a complex, and if you dig anywhere in its vicinity you are sure to unearth something. In truth the road should not have gone anywhere near Tara, not between the hills or around them. Too much of what identifies us as a people is tied up in those surroundings.
Note: Tara has been nominated for inclusion in UNESCO's tentative list of World Heritage Sites.
Photograph: Looking across the valley towards Skryne. February 2009.