Bantry Bay, Co Cork

The very name conjures up an image of romance of the sea. This magnificent inlet has been the object of poem and song by many a fair waiting maiden and her lonely longing sailor boy. Likewise, it played host to more than one historical occasion. A French fleet set sail in 1796 with Wolfe Tone […]

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‘The Ballad of Bella Brooks’ © Joe Canning 2019. All Rights Reserved.

[Local history | ‘The Ballad of Bella Brooks’ | Purportedly murdered in 1876 and found drowned in the Finn near Castlefin, Co Donegal | No one was convicted of the crime tho’ rumours abounded at the time] Joe Canning ‘ A look at Ireland in verse’ ‘The Ballad of Bella Brooks’© Joe Canning 2019. All […]

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‘Auntie Lizzie’s Bucket’ © Joe Canning 2019. All Rights Reserved.

Auntie Lizzie’s bucket sat on Auntie Lizzie’s table,On a tablecloth of painted garden flowers.Auntie Lizzie’s bucket had a wire handle on it,Connected to the bucket’s upright ears.Semi circled like a rainbow it reached from end to end,With a little wooden handle on the top,Auntie Lizzie’s bucket cost my uncle two and sixpence,When he bought it […]

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‘Untitled For Christmas’ © Joe Canning 2018. All Rights Reserved.

‘Untitled For Christmas’ © Joe Canning 2018. All Rights Reserved.   Warm is my breath as it comforts my hands, Soft plays the hymn from ‘The Salvation Band’, My thoughts they do stray to my friends far away, They, that left this old country behind.   For want of a penny and a fortune to […]

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‘On Yonder Hillside Sloping’ © Joe Canning 2018. All Rights Reserved.

‘On Yonder Hillside Sloping’ © Joe Canning 2018. All Rights Reserved.   On yonder hillside sloping, A fallen house I see, Where boiled the blackened saucepan, To peasant family feed.   Where once was baked the oaten scone, All dressed with fresh churned butter, Where once they prayed in grateful thanks For the tatties on […]

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“Memories Set In Stone” © Mac 2017. All Rights Reserved.

“Memories Set In Stone” © Mac 2017. All Rights Reserved. Meals and memories were made here. This little house has seen love year after year. The years have seen love, laughter, the odd fight And, of course, many a late nite, With the whiskey flowing the craic always going. There was music played and many […]

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Kilfane Glen and Waterfall, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny

Influenced by Rousseau and the Romantic movement of the late 18th century, Kilfane Glen is a rugged but beautiful 6-hectare garden that has retained its original character as conceived by the prominent Power family in the 1790s. The idyllic landscape, which features wild fox-gloves, ferns and other plants used during the Powers’ time, was a […]

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