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Thursday Doors – a Town, a Poet and a Book.

This week’s Thursday Doors will explore the connection between the town of Dundalk, the Scottish poet, Robert Burns and an old book that’s been in our family for generations. Remember that green copper spire that could be seen in the … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors – Cavan County Museum 5

Let’s go back about a hundred years for this week’s Thursday Doors post from the Cavan County Museum. If I was a gentleman waiting on a morning train to work I would probably take a seat on one of those … Continue reading

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Hunger’s Walk – Doolough 1849

Last year I shared a post on Facebook about the Doolough famine walk and one of my readers suggested I write a book about it. I haven’t written the full book yet but did manage a short story (Hunger’s Walk) … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors

Last week I paid a visit to my native village of Blackrock and captured some colourful Thursday Doors and buildings to share. If you’ve read any of my Irish Saga you might recognized the Cooley Mountains, as shown in the … Continue reading

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Thomas Hardy

On 11th January 1928, the poet and novelist, Thomas Hardy died at the age of 87 in Dorset, England. He was cremated and his ashes interred in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey but his heart had been removed and was … Continue reading

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The Latest Book

At last, the seventh book in the series is finally ready to be unleashed on the public. I had some help designing the cover and finding props to use as a setting – thank you Rob and Megan. These were … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors

Before the big snow arrived and smothered Ireland to a standstill, I managed to capture some Thursday Doors shots of a lovely, characterful business premises in my native town of Blackrock. Belles Tea Rooms has two floors where you can … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors from Virginia

No, I haven’t taken a flight to America for this week’s Thursday Doors, unlike Virginia in the US, this town in county Cavan is a wee bit smaller. It does have nice red doors, though, and some lovely arches. That … Continue reading

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Moby Dick Festival

  No raining on Moby Dick’s parade this year, for Youghal’s annual celebration of John Huston’s movie adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel, Moby Dick. It was in Paddy Linehan’s bar that Huston set up headquarters during filming, and subsequently, the … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing Advice

You don’t have to struggle all on your own. There’s plenty of advice available from independent authors and self-publishers – and the following video is a good place to start. Joanna Penn chairs a panel of seven experienced indie authors … Continue reading

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