Saturday 21st November Program #BFILoveFest

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HarperCollins and BFI’s virtual romance festival.

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It’s The Power of Love night at #BFILoveFest

6.00pm Rural Romances vs East End Heartache on Twitter

Join authors Alexandra Brown and Kimberley Chambers.

6.00pm Young Love on Facebook

Join us for a discussion about young love and how it’s portrayed in film and literature.

6.00pm Christmas romance with author Sarah Morgan on her Facebook page

6.30pm Join YA author Lydia Syson for a Q&A on historical romance on Twitter

6.30pm Shakespeare screen adaptations on Facebook

Join author Cressida McLaughlin to discuss Shakespeare’s love stories.

7.00pm The Power of Young Love with Lucy Powrie on Twitter

Blogger and YA champion Lucy (@LucyTheReader) will explore the romance of young adult film & literature.

7.00pm Favourite romantic moments with Hello Chick Lit on Facebook

Join book blogger Hello Chick Lit and tell us the moments that make your heart race.

7.30pm The Power of Love on Twitter

Join author Kate Lord Brown Twitter to chat about Power of Love in film & literature.


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annie moore ellis island, cobh cork, history ireland.

When Ellis Island officially opened on January 1, 1892, the first passenger registered through the immigration station was Annie Moore. The young Irish teenager and her two brothers, Anthony and Philip, had departed from Cork, Ireland on December 20, 1891 aboard the S.S. Nevada. Travelling in steerage, the trio spent 12 days at sea and arrived in New York on Thursday, December 31. The next morning, New Year’s Day, they were processed through Ellis Island. All three children were reunited with their parents, Matthew and Julia Moore, who were already living in New York.

Annie Moore married Joseph Augustus Schayer, the son of German immigrants, with whom she had at least eleven children. She died of heart failure on December 6, 1924.

In response to The Daily Post WordPress photo challenge.

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Thursday Doors


A Thursday door with a little bit of history, this week. St John’s Priory is situated in the main street of Youghal but very little of the original building remains. When excavated it was found to have four main phases of construction, with the main core dating back to the medieval era.


Some portions still survive today, including the door arch and a small window on the street front (as seen in the image below).


“Gwynn and Hadcock (1988, 108) record the existence of a Benedictine priory in Youghal in 1306. It was a ‘hospital-cell’ (along with others at Cork and Waterford), a type of Benedictine foundation that is rare outside Ireland (ibid.) A maison dieu was founded for or by the Benedictines at Youghal in 1185, with an associated leper house on a hill outside the town. A maison dieu was often a short-lived foundation established by laypeople (Gilchrist 1995, 13–14). By 1306 the Benedictine presence seems to have been more firmly established inside the walled town, with the foundation of a structure known as St John’s House on Main Street. The house appears to have been a small dependent cell of the Benedictine house at Bath and operated as a hospital-cell.” (1)

Apparently, Oliver Cromwell made his headquarters there during the winter of 1649 and is said to have inspected his troops every morning from the Priory.

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Thanks for stopping by. Why not have a look at what Norm has to offer this week on his blog.

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Waterford Walls

Jean Reinhardt:

Beautiful temporary street art from Waterford, Ireland, as found on Inese’s blog. It might be gone but it’s not forgotten.

Originally posted on inesemjphotography:

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Waterford Walls is a visual Street Art project in Waterford City, Ireland. Irish and International street artists and talented school students transformed old spaces into extended art gallery. The first image is the work of Joe Caslin, a street artist and art teacher from Roscommon who is known for his project “Our Nation’s Sons” – large scale portraits of young men from disadvantaged social backgrounds.

In the image below, a man stopped to touch the surface of the portrait. I will tell you why.  Joe Caslin paintings are done on biodegradable paper,  and will come down within a few weeks.  We are lucky with the weather, and I hope the paintings will last another month.


Another work of the same artist in Olaf Street. It is sad they won’t stay here too long.



I went around the city center to look for the other murals. First of all, I visited one of my favorite places in O’Connell Street and was pleased…

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This Week’s Self-publishing News

Author Earnings Hugh Howey on self-published authors earning more on e-books than Big Five authors, one trade publishers says e-book sales drop may be temporary

Source: This Week’s Self-publishing News

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Thursday Doors


As the odds were stacked against us overtaking I almost baled out to stretch my legs, while my husband meandered behind the van and tractor, a rye smile on his face. With the sun shining and the lovely Irish scenery around us, sure there was no need for hayste. Then the car behind us cuts in front and rushes past, reminding us that we were actually going somewhere, too.

Having seen my unusual contribution to this week’s Thursday Doors, you might like to have a look at what Norm has to offer.

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sintra portugal

When I saw The Daily Post’s photo challenge ‘Ornate‘ I immediately thought of the palace at Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal. It’s a place that is magical, romantic and classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The Quinta da Regaleira was built just over a hundred years ago by Antonio Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920) and sits within a landscape of trees and shrubs. Being an academic with a strong interest in the initiation rites of Masons – there are Masonic symbols everywhere – Monteiro created a place with a mystical atmosphere. His architect, Luigi Manini (1848-1936) who designed La Scala in Milan, was inspired by Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline architecture.

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If you would like to hear some traditional Portuguese Fado music, performed in the room above have a look at this video. Or you might like to take a virtual tour of the very ornate palace and grounds of Quinta da Regaleira.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

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Thursday Doors

Youghal strand

There are some fabulous Victorian houses along the Front Strand in my home town of Youghal and I thought I would take a nice long walk along the beach and get a few shots for Thursday Doors this week. The exercise was good but unfortunately the fresh sea air only increased my appetite and I arrived home hungry and ready to eat, which defeated the purpose of walking off those calories. I did manage to stop myself having dessert though.

Judging by the amount of seaweed strewn about the place I would say there was quite a high tide this morning along with a very choppy sea.

youghal strand

With the view they’ve got, I don’t think the residents mind too much about some fertilizer landing in their front gardens on a stormy day – as long as it stays out of the house.

youghal beachAnd now for a little bit of history about an unexpected visitor to the area in 1946. My apologies for the bad quality but I snapped the image below from a noticeboard on the beach. I’ve enlarged the photo so you can more easily read the content.

ww2 plane irelandFor more Thursday Doors pay a visit to Norm’s Blog and check out the link at the bottom of his post.

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corrib river cruise galway

On my last visit to Galway I took a trip on the River Corrib and it was definitely a treat. The weather was dry and the landscape beautiful. We were not the only ones to take to the water, as you can see from the photo below.

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There is a bar on board the Corrib Princess famous for it’s Irish Coffee, so of course we had to sample it.

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With a choice of Bailey’s Coffee, Tequila Coffee or the award winning Irish Coffee it was tempting to order all three. However, bearing in mind I was on a boat I decided to stick with just the one and I have to say the Irish Coffee was the best I’ve ever tasted. (Apologies to my son Stephen, who makes a mean Irish Coffee).  Out of five of us, one chose the Bailey’s Coffee and said it was wonderful. You can see from the next image just how much of a treat those lovely beverages were.

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Treat.”

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Thursday Doors

old building galway city

A church, a school and a hotel are all part of my Thursday Doors contribution this week. At the bottom of Queen Street, Galway City, you’ll find this old Methodist Church and school. Built around 1835, the building is still in use today by the United Methodist and Presbyterian congregations. The entrance to the school is on the first floor and reached by concrete steps.

old building galway city

Beside this building is the Victorian Hotel, aptly named as it’s on Queen Street. Although we didn’t get a chance to sample the food, the menu in  Alexandra’s Restaurant was quite tempting and the ambiance of the Old Vic Bar almost lured me in for an Irish Coffee. However, a sign near the entrance had a stronger pull on us five women loose in the city (not five loose women in the city). I know what you’re thinking. Yes, we did buy clothes.

It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a sign ‘Smart Dress Essential’ (pinned to the door) at the entrance to a Flea Market. ;) Have a look at Norm’s blog for more Thursday Doors and follow the blue link at the bottom of his post.

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