Monday, February 8, 2016

Melodies at Eventide/Book Launch!

Melodies at Eventide/Book Launch!

Rex Lee holds a masters degree in film studies from UCD and is widely known for his work on behalf of disabled people.Tomorrow night in Kells County Meath his book "Melodies at Eventide" will be launched by Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos. The book is a personal account of overcoming disabilities and the difficulties of leading an independent life. Published by The Manuscript Publisher the book retails at €12.99. Light refreshments will be served on the night and copies for sale. The book can also be ordered online from the website of The Manuscript Publisher. The venue is Kells Library and the launch time is 7 pm.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Meath Writers' Circle/February Meeting 2016!

The Meath Writers' Circle/February Meeting 2016!

 About fourteen people turned out last Thursday night for the first meeting of the year in the Trim Castle Hotel and while some poems were read, events to mark the centenary of the Rising and the launch of our forthcoming book on the period and indeed the last hundred years, took order of precedence. The launch itself is on Thursday the 3rd of March in the Trim Castle Hotel at 8 pm and everyone is welcome. But more on that to follow. A night of poetry and song and plenty of conversation. Hope to see you there!
  

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pick Your Favourite 1916 Poem!

Pick Your Favourite 1916 Poem!

If you visit the Irish Independent website there are a number of articles on 1916, and indeed as you would expect its influence or otherwise on the present, but there is also a chance to vote for your favourite poem of the Rising and these include some of the better known and a few there that seldom get an airing. You can both read and listen to them being recited and then click on whichever one takes your fancy. I suspect W.B. Yeats and 1916 will be the one most preferred but you never know? Type in Irish Independent/Rebel Poems and it should come up. Wish I could post a link but it doesn't seem to work!   

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Seventy Years Young/Elizabeth Countess of Fingal.

Seventy Years Young/Elizabeth Countess of Fingall.



If you type Elizabeth Countess of Fingal into Google you may not get the above but rather the first Elizabeth (1604-1630) who was daughter of  Rory Ó Donnell then Earl of Tyrconnel and whose mother was Lady Margaret Fitzgerald, daughter of the Earl of Kildare. And maybe that sets the scene, All of the great families, both Norman and Irish were interconnected in many ways and Elizabeth Burke of Moycullen County Galway, who married Arthur Plunkett the 11th Earl of Fingal when she was only seventeen, would chronicle the end of an age. A friend of just about everyone from King to Nationalist leaders her writing of childhood days on her father's estate is often magical. She was a founder member and first President of what is now the Irish Countrywomen's Association and second President of the Camogie Association, a game she described somewhere as a gentler form for the girls, but maybe not in those exact words. She described the 1914 season as, "the gayest and most magnificent London had ever seen. To me there was something terrible about it. I felt it at the time". The gun running episode into Howth, also, where she describes Mrs Erskine Childers and Mary Rice Spring, looking charming in yachting clothes and its aftermath on Batchelor's Walk where three people died, "those three deaths in Ireland, and the assassination of the Austrian Arch-Duke, lit a torch that set fire to Europe". The books ends in the Autumn of 1923, where she waits all night in the study at Killeen for the burners to come, but they didn't, and Killeen survived, for a while. Today it is a golf course and the castle is no longer visible from the road. The history of those castles and the families that surrounded them shaped not just Ireland but the modern world. Published first in 1937 by Collins, the above is by the Lilliput Press and available on Amazon. Recommended!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2016!

Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2016!

From Google Images
This one has a closing date of 12 Noon on Friday the 11th of March 2016 and is an open competition for people resident on the island of Ireland. Only short stories accepted and the word count is a max of 2000 with all entries to be typed on A4 paper. There is no entry fee and no age limit but no more than one entry should be submitted with the author's details on the official entry form which can be downloaded from Here .
A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at the IMMRAMA Literary Festival in Lismore, County Waterford in June 2016. Also no restrictions on subject matter. Make sure to check out the entry details and good luck!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Corries --- Ae Fond Kiss





The Meath Writers' Circle were one of a number of local groups that were represented at the celebrations of "Burns Night" at the Silver Tankard in  Navan on Friday night. January the 25th is the official night I believe, but allowing for weekend difficulties, etc. Willie G. Hodgins who is chairman of the Writers' Group is also closely involved with the above and always makes it along. Robbie wrote any number of songs and indeed it would be difficult to hold a Scottish gathering of any sort without a rendering of one of them at least. The Corries are one of Scotland's best known folk groups and I was gifted a collection of their tapes once upon a time by a MacLeod of the name. If you like the above there are plenty more on youtube and look for the opening of the Scottish Parliment. But that's not by the Corries. Anyway enjoy! With thanks to mandilanda6 for posting.   

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Eagles - Doolin Dalton (Meet The Lady)





Sad to hear that Glen Frey of the Eagles has passed away, another one gone. Always meant to put up something by the Eagles and being an old western fan it has to be this. The song is from the 1973 album Desperado and the movie clips are from "The Quick and the Dead". I believe the Doolin/Daltons were in some way connected to the James/Younger gang and that history repeated itself in Coffeyville but look it up! With thanks to Fkwk 101 who posted and to youtube.