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Mar
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day (row, row, row your boat)

Front hall, Parknasilla © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016“Nodding the head does not row the boat.”

That’s an Irish proverb tweeted by writer/farmer Martin McConnell (@spottedgeckgo) that has stayed with me. I nod my head and say to myself that I better get to writing. How about you? Are you rowing or nodding these days?

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which is a holiday around here. I know many people celebrated last Saturday when the parade marched and the river flowed green. I am not much for green beer or green tchotchkes these days (there was a time, yes). But I do love Ireland and Irish people (and maybe even St. Patrick). And there’s so much to love!

PIR-cover-120-web_220_330Such as the writing and writers of Ireland (past and present). Two Irish publications I recommend are Poetry Ireland and The Moth. Poetry Ireland’s website also has lots of good information for writers.cover 28

If you need some ideas about what to read, Martin Doyle in The Irish Times has some ideas for you in his article “Want to know about Ireland? Here are the books to read”—here’s the link.

Another article in The Irish Times that you might want read is “A history of Ireland in 100 quotes” by Una Mullally. Here is the link.

In Chicago we are lucky to have as a resource the Irish American Heritage Center; many activities are scheduled there throughout the year. One of my favorites is the IBAM! Books and Music Festival, which takes place in the fall. Last year I got to meet Ken Bruen, who is a mystery writer from Galway.

One of my relatives posted this video on FB. I know jigs and reels are not everyone’s musical taste. I found the video particularly interesting because it is about traditional musicians very near to where my family is from. The musician is Johnny O’Leary and he and his daughter are playing  Sliabh Luachra Music.

Our trip to Ireland last September was so wonderful that I often think of moving there. I think of it and nod my head. I am not even in the rowboat yet. I did just look at all my pictures from the trip and share some more with you.

Peace, love, and solace

Kilkenny © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Kilkenny © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

In the portrait gallery © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

In the portrait gallery © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

In Sneem © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

In Sneem © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

View from Parknasilla © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

View from Parknasilla © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Watering the garden © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Watering the garden © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Carried away  (advert) © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Carried away (advert) © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

In Galway © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

In Galway © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Advert in Galway Lav © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Advert in Galway Lav © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Out standing in the field © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Out standing in the field © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Dem bones (street art in Dublin) © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Dem bones (street art in Dublin) © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

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  1. Martin McConnell says:

    Cool post. Thanks for that.

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