Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Braveheart & Myths and Legends

Salmon of Knowledge Festival, Trim 2017!

Cllr. Noel French did the honours at the launch of The Castle Art Group's, Braveheart & Myths and Legends at The Salmon of Knowledge Festival last Sunday. This booklet is a selection of paintings by Anne Crinion, Jenny Anderson, Sheila Keating, Angela Keliher, Teresa McCole and June Smith. The painting are on display at the Trim Tourist Office and St Joseph's Community Nursing Unit, Trim and include scenes of Trim Castle, The Salmon of Knowledge by Angela Keliher, the Fairy Ring Fort At Laracor by Anne Crinion, the Children of Lir by Teresa McCole, the Echo Gate by June Smith and Tara by Sheila Keating. Also included in the booklet is some history on the filming of Braveheart in 1994 and a number of paintings of Trim Castle during its construction for the film with painting of production marquees as well. Noel French is a noted historian and Director of The Meath Heritage Centre.  

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Seven Arch Bridge Trim.

Packhorse Bridge/Scurlogstown Trim!

Over twenty people turned out on Thursday night for a talk by Paul Kerr on the history and details of what remains of the old Packhorse or seven arch bridge over the Knightsbrook river which is just up the road from Scurlogstown. A lot of the vegetation and growth that obscured it has now been removed and what is an important part the local heritage of the area is now visible and can be preserved for future generations and perhaps further enhanced. Something of the history of this type of construction can be found over on Wikipedeia and other sites and is worth a read through to get an idea of how important this bridge must have been to commerce in the Trim area. The road or pathway that crossed the bridge equally so but perhaps long forgotten. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Family Fun Day Scurlogstown 2017!

Family Fun Day Scurlogstown 2017/Photos!

Although it rained heavily and then some and Mayo were playing Kerry in Croke Park, people still turned out to the Folk Park at Scurlogstown for the beginning of Heritage Week. A few photos taken before I left to watch the game!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival!

Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival 2017!

The Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival is on Sunday the 27th of August with a number of events running throughout the day including adventure races on the Boyne, a production and re-enactment of the catching of the Salmon of Knowledge by the Trim Musical Society and the Trim Drama Group, a story that many will be familiar with from their schooldays, the Salmon of Knowledge Experience by Gerry Meade, the crowning of the Goddess Boann (Queen of the Boyne), novelty races, activities and amusements, cultural traditions with music and dance, stalls from the Trim and Boyne Valley regions, poetry from local writers with readings from 2 to 4pm and a book launch by the Castle Arts group at 2pm, and ending with an evening and night of entertainment throughout Trim venues. And all of this coincides with the start of the Race Around Ireland. Full details of everything on the day if you go to the Trim Tourism website. 

Trim Tourism Network

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Family Fun Day/Scurlogstown Heritage Park 2017!

Family Fun Day/Scurlogstown Heritage Park 2017

Jack Quinn's Public House
Scurlogstown/Heritage Sunday

As part of Heritage Week the Scurlogstown Olympiad group will be holding a "Family Fun Day" in the Heritage Park just across the road from Jack Quinn's on Sunday the 20th of August. All are welcome with games for the children, music and poetry and Pet's Corner and if you should be thirsty just over the road is one of the best known pubs in Meath. Just outside Trim on the main Dublin road Scurlogstown is close to some of the most important visitor attractions in the county and if you happen to be passing on the day why not stop in for a while!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Poetry Reading/St Elizabeth's Athboy!

Poetry Reading/St Elizabeth's Athboy.

The Meath Writers' Circle were guests last Thursday for an afternoon of poetry and song in St Elizabeth's of Athboy and would like to thank the residents and staff there for what was an enjoyable gathering. Poems that were schoolbook favourites or songs from yesteryear made for an entertaining get together and ended with light refreshments and tea for all. Again a big thank you to everyone there.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

True Grit (1969) - La Boeuf (Glen Campbell), Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne...

The remake of this is perhaps as good as the original which takes nothing from either and John Wayne won an Oscar here for playing Rooster, but both Kim Darby and Glen Campbell put in some great performances here in what is one of the great classic westerns. (As is the remake!) With thanks to youtube and ~ "Glen Campbell - a Tribute" who posted.

Glen Campbell ~ "Highwayman" (Jimmy Webb) LIVE! 1980 L.A. Forum

Sad to hear of the death of Glen Campbell, one of the great contemporary ballad singers. I remember buying an eight track cassette of his back in the early seventies or so, and while the sound from those things was something else, they had a tendency to jam and it did somewhere on the back road from Rathfeigh to Duleek  in the middle of, "Dreams of an Everyday Housewife" or maybe it was, "Gentle on my Mind". Anyway he was a fine singer and guitar player and will be missed and to borrow a line from another song, "Another piece of America's gone!" With thanks to youtube and Diamond's In The Rough who posted.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Meath Writers' Circle/August 2017!

The Meath Writers' Circle/ August 2017!

About eight or nine people turned out for the August meeting of The Meath Writers' Circle, so a small number this time. The magazine is finished and with the printer and we should have a proof to go through for our next get together. Thanks to everyone who contributed a poem or article. A number of events coming up, or possible other projects, but yet to be ironed out and interesting to see how it goes. On the night we read some poems and stories and finished off with a song.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bray Literary Festival 2017!

Bray Literary Festival 2017!

The Bray Literary Festival 2017 has prizes in two categories and a closing date of not later than 5 pm on Thursday the 31st of August. There are prizes here for both poetry and flash fiction with the winner of each category receiving €200 and the runner-up €50. The judges are Breda Wall Ryan (author of the award winning, "In a Hare's Eye ~ Doire Press) for poetry and Catherine Dunne, author of nine novels, including the award winning, "The Things we Know Now" ~ MacMillan). There are a number of terms and conditions and entry is by post only with fees at €5 for a single entry and €10 for three entries. 

Postal address: Bray Literary Festival Competitions, 9 Martello Manor, Bray, Co. Wicklow, A98 T389. 

Check out details at: Here!