DUBLIN, me darling

Dublin can be heaven, with coffee at 11 and a stroll in Stephen's Green, no need to hurry, no need to worry, you're a king and the lady's a queen, Grafton St's a wonderland, there's magic in the air, there are diamonds in the lady's eyes and gold dust in her hair and if you…Read more DUBLIN, me darling

JOHNNY THE FOX

In 1991, MOJO editor, Mark Ellen invited me to write the first article in a proposed series of articles about bizarre rock and roll deaths. The story would have a 1,000 word limit. The subject of the debut article was to be Phil Lynott, the lead singer of Irish rock group, Thin Lizzy. Little had…Read more JOHNNY THE FOX

Happy birthday, Philo

Phillip Parris (Philo) Lynott would be 67, if he'd lived. His birthday was celebrated two days ago and I posted a notice on my Facebook page. As a former music journalist, our paths crossed quite often but the first time I came across him was in 1972 when Thin Lizzy, then an unknown Irish rock…Read more Happy birthday, Philo

Long Walk to mark Centenary

http://www.thejournal.ie/albadi-ireland-walk-2931320-Aug2016/ Omani student, Ammar Albadi walked 2,016 km around Ireland and finished his walk at 19:16 hrs last night, outside Dublin's GPO to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916. It took him 40 days. This Omani student loved Ireland so much he just walked around the entire island Ammar Albadi will finish…Read more Long Walk to mark Centenary

Indelible Echoes

  https://youtu.be/a82WC9isRTM Indelible Echoes A harbour breeze, a mountain spring, rain, the scent of heather, a hazel copse, freshly cut turf, crickets in the thatch, laughing spuds, sizzling mackerel and periwinkles, sand in your toes and the salty brine of seaweed, a sunburst of glorious colour in my mind. Indelible echoes of a life tread…Read more Indelible Echoes

Surruralism, the art of Jimmy Lawlor

Surruralism is a phrase I've heard coined by Westport artist, Jimmy Lawlor, who's paintings combine surrealism with an acutely realised sense of Irish country humour. Skies the Limit is not a classic example but it is a copy of the limited edition print I bought as a wedding present for my good friend, Jimmy Molloy…Read more Surruralism, the art of Jimmy Lawlor

Into the West, a weekend

  Now with the springtime the days will grow longer and after St Bride’s day My sail I’ll let go I put my mind to it And I never will linger Till I find myself back in the County Mayo Frank O'Connor, a great Irish prose writer, translated this poem of Gaelic poet, Antoine O'Raifteiri,…Read more Into the West, a weekend