Wild Sea Waves

In Dublin I knew a woman, with flax golden hair Tressed like wild sea waves, her heart, her voice was Irish, her name, her vibrancy were Viking. She was Dublin. We lived, together, in The Liberties while both of us sought freedom, she, from youth and I, from bondage. The Viking Wall is behind my…Read more Wild Sea Waves

Steps

There are, according to Eddie Cochran, three steps to Heaven, which is a comforting thought when you consider the Irish aren't sure how many steps there are to Hell. Ask any Dubliner where you'll find the 40 Steps and there's a chance you'll be given just as many answers. The most likely candidates though will…Read more Steps

Mapping Ireland’s Mysterious Carvings of Old Women Exposing Their Genitals

Sheela-na-gigs can be found all over the country, but it’s only recently that academics have been brave enough to study them. by Cara Giaimo May 01, 2017 Sometime in the 1940s, workers repairing a culvert in Limerick, Ireland, pried a stone out of the ground, flipped it over, and found a surprise waiting for them…Read more Mapping Ireland’s Mysterious Carvings of Old Women Exposing Their Genitals

History Lesson, in memory of my father

Today's Father's Day and just over six months since the death of my own father. My father, Martin Hayes or Michael M. O'hAodha, as he signed himself, died on December 14, 2015. He was a traditional Irish Republican, of  west of Ireland farming stock, classically educated, who could roll to bed with a Latin phrase…Read more History Lesson, in memory of my father

Same History

If you're Irish, then you're aware that this year, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of an event that laid the foundation for the birth of a nation. But while we all share the same history, it is our inability to agree on what it means that has led to the birth of a nation, struggling to find an identity.