The grand sweep of history comes alive in Richhill, A Portrait of an Ulster Village (Richhill Buildings Preservation Trust, £17) by Brett Hannam. Richhill has always punched above its weight and over the centuries has benefitted from multifaceted industrial developments. The Sidhe, calliaches, pookas, clurichauns and magic cures all feature in the 32-county Irish Gothic Fairy Stories (History Press Ireland, £17.99) by husband and wife team Steve and Paula Lally. Irish Gothic Fairy StoriesLocal dialectIn parts of Ireland, local dialect has survived against the odds, and specific words and phrases of Yola, meaning “old”, are still spoken in southeast Wexford. The author describes himself as an outsider looking in and considers everything from small coffee shops to the Big House.
Last week Dad left his window open at work and a feral pigeon came in, built a nest and laid an egg. The leaves of the oak tree in our garden are covered with sticky stuff on which there appear to be many aphids. But it is collected by some bees and wasps, and ants farm aphids for the honeydew as food. Brenda Morrisey, Ballyvaughan, Co ClareIt’s the green lacewing, a friend in the garden as it eats aphids. Kirsten Fitzgerald, Inchicore, Dublin 12They are the eggs of the ringed plover, which lays them in a depression in the sand.
According to Teagasc estimates there are 400,000km of stone walls in the Irish countryside, “single, double, feidín, stone and sod”, most of them in the west. Even before the tourism of the Wild Atlantic Way, the counties from Donegal to Cork were well aware of the cultural and aesthetic capital invested in their dry stone walls. .” Among the benefits of a well-built Irish wall, according to the Dry Stone Wall Association, are its resistance to frost-heave and the rapid drainage of rain. But plants are only part of the wildlife that takes possession of a dry stone wall, so rich in warm, dry cavities and crevices. Our dry stone walls are precious, a distinctive Irish ecosystem, and deserve all our care as the climate changes.
Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations comprises a literary niche-genre unto itself: the philosophical self-help book written by a Roman emperor. The twelve books of Meditations are Marcus Aurelius’ notes to self: it appears he never intended them for publication, but rather as auto-exhortations to “be a man worthy of the universe that gave you birth”. Marcus Aurelius lived and ruled in the second century AD, when the ideals of Stoicism held sway over the Roman court. Judging by the frequency with which he denounces it, it seems that the worldly adornment most tempting to Marcus Aurelius was fame. After all, “Soon you will have forgotten all things: soon all things will have forgotten you”.
It is a match that – on the surface at least – is just one of 48 at this rain-splattered Cricket World Cup. “At one point there was even a dance competition between India and Pakistan fans. When Pakistan lost to India at the 1996 World Cup, for instance, the house of their captain Wasim Akram was stoned by angry fans. Grotesque“For the millions of India and Pakistan, cricket has become the ultimate test of patriotic zeal and loyalty. “You don’t want to be the first Indian team to lose against Pakistan at the World Cup,” says Ugra.
Losing last year’s All-Ireland semi-final to Kilkenny hurt Galway camogie captain Sarah Dervan so much she did something, you imagine, that was totally alien to her usually sunny disposition. Right now its top players are agitating for rules and refereeing to change — to reflect their skills and expand their audience. Beating Kilkenny in a league final laid down a marker, and the fact that they’re meeting them so quickly in today’s round-robin championship opener has added an extra frisson. Now it’s the Big Dance though and no one doubts that ‘Championship’ is always the Rebels’ and Kittens’ priority. Kilkenny are stung from being pipped in the last two finals and were noticeably short some big-name players for the league final.
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He has a hands-on role helping these three host cities prepare for the biggest sporting events of their time, and it all begins next Friday with the opening ceremony of the second European Games in Minsk, Belarus. The European Games, which have actually been mooted since the 1950s, would survive. In January he was also appointed director of readiness for the IAAF World Championships, set for Doha in late September. Given that experience, O’Callaghan has had a proper inside role in Minsk, including seeing what is left behind that old Iron Curtain. Of course there are challenges, including raising more awareness for the European Games outside of Belarus.
Few things are more evocative of summer than a glass of rosé. Provence rosé exploded onto the scene a decade or so ago, and has been growing every year since. Sales of Whispering Angel (the original pale Provence rosé), (€30-€35) and Brangelina’s Château Miraval (€30) continue unabated, alongside Clos Mireille, from Domaine Ott (€40). At Marks & Spencer, I like both the Coteaux Varois en Provence 2018 (€13.30) and the new Sainte Victoire Côte de Provence (€17.70). From O’Briens, obrienswine.ieDomaine Bastide Neuve 2018, Rosé d’Oc12.5%, €21 per magnumLight lively strawberry and late summer fruits, finishing dry.
Above our usual seat is a framed photo of the 1985 James Joyce Summer School at Newman House. The front door of Newman House where the original Catholic University was founded in 1854. The proximity of the sacred to the profane delighted him, and can continue to delight the rest of us. So this Bloomsday, why not go out and find and experience that language, that irreverence, and rub a bit of sacred against a spot of profane. Simon O’Connor is the Director of the Museum of Literature Ireland, opening this Autumn on St Stephen’s Green.
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The ophthalmologist goes, “I’m going to show you a series of pictures, Leo. Do you see the little bird?”“A focking bird,” Leo goes. “That’s right – a tiny, little bird. Come on, Leo, let’s go.”Sorcha goes, “Leo, stay where you are.”I’m there, “He can see the bird. Mommy and Daddy aren’t going to love you any less just because you have to wear those ridiculous things.”And while I hate lying to him, that’s my job as a parent.
I love their silky smooth sheep’s yoghurt and we use it in all three of our restaurants. Of course, you can always just season your yoghurt with smoked sea salt. Interestingly, smoked salt also works well with langoustines. Grill or barbecue them for a few minutes and serve with the yoghurt sauce. Fold all the ingredients together and freeze, whisking the mixture every hour until it is smooth and frozen.
When Brazil got the Copa America under way on Friday night with an opening game against Bolivia, the country’s star player, Neymar, was missing from its starting 11. The accusation stunned Brazil. Neymar leaves the police station after testifying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 6th. It is terrible.”This reaction and its consequences help explain why Brazil has never had a proper #MeToo moment, Dr Iaconello believes. I have been shocked at seeing women, educated women, women from the arts, speaking badly of this girl [Najila].
In February 2000, I stood on the Connemara shore at Ervallagh, looking over at Inishlacken island. As I stood gazing at the island and the sea, a thought came, as if from elsewhere saying, “you must put artists back on the island”. On that cold and damp winter’s day, the seeds of The Inishlacken Project were planted; it would become an annual gathering of artists. Lowry encouraged me to pursue my idea of putting artists back on the island, and in July 2001 the Inishlacken Project came in to being. It has created a family of artists out of an odd marriage – a Belfast artist searching for ghosts of other artists she never met.