Thursday, November 25, 2010

Famine Trilogy

I had a very enjoyable trip to Drogheda on Wednesday 24th November in the company of Tommy Murray and James Linnane.  We attended a reading of the Viaduct Bards, all women, it was like falling into an orchard and I must say they made us very welcome.

Tommy done the driving and I'm glad to say James was navigater having been there before with the Boyne Writers' he was able to tell Tommy when to turn right or left.  I just sat in the back listening with my fingers crossed. 
 As we turned right at the Round O, Tommy noticed a very large light straight ahead.  James explained that it was a full Moon. He told Tommy to keep travelling towards it as it seemed to be directly over Drogheda.
On our way home James again explained to Tommy that this time the Moon would be to our left. 
When we reached Navan, Tommy turned into Woodlands and dropped me off at my house.   Just as I was getting out of the car I heard James tell Tommy to turn left on to the Trim Road when leaving Woodlands and that this time the Moon would be on the Right. 

To hear Tommy Murray reading   CLICK HERE 

Apologies for the poor light.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bard Of Armagh

Jimmy Rafferty, became the Bard of Armagh for an unprecedented fourth time with his poem ' HER MAJESTY'S PLEASURE 'at a packed Armagh City Hotel on Friday 19th November 2010.

I travelled to the event with Tommy Murray, who was one of twelve contestants battling for the title. Tommy was happy to make it to the short list with his poem ' ON BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT '

 Newcomer Colleen Downham took the inaugural Rosemary Twohig trophy with a superb performance of     'LADY GAA GAA '.

To hear Tommy reading his contribution    CLICK HERE  


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Lagan Love

Sean Reilly singing My Lagan Love at a meeting of the Meath Writer's Circle in the Trim Castle Hotel on 16th November 2010.
There was a good crowd in attendance with a great variety of poems and short stories read by all.
Frank Murphy has recorded a number of readings which should appear on his blog soon. CLICK HERE   for Frank's blog

On Friday 19th November I'll be travelling to Armagh with Tommy Murray.  Tommy has been short listed for the Bard of Armagh, perhaps it will be a case of third time lucky for Tommy who was runner up on two previous occasions. 

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Paul " Pipe " Sheils, playing the Didgeridoo.

A True Story

I came across this story on Face Book and thought you might like to see it.

In answer to a comment by Frank Murphy in which he asked, what's the story behind the video?.
I looked it up on the net and found it  HERE 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Navan Hospital Rally

Thousands turned up for the Save Navan Hospital Campaign.  Official sources put the figure at 10000 I reckon there was a lot more.  The route taken was from The Enterprise Center down the Trim Road, then turned right at Mercy Convent, past St Mary's Church at the Fair Green, up Ludlow Street, turned left at the Square up Trim Gate Street then up Brews Hill and on to Pairc Tailteann.  When the head of the march reached Pairc Tailteann the tail was stilll leaving the Enterprise Center on the Trim Road.
The marchers took part in the rally to oppose cuts in services at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan Co. Meath.

Well done to all who took part.

Tara Mines Rescue Team pictured above who took part in the march.

For video of Navan Hospital Rally CLICK HERE