I write a personal blog about my life and garden and I recently posted one about the garden and a fellow garden blogger Judy from the US (New England Garden And Thread) just got in touch and made a donation towards a bench for our garden, hands across the ocean it is an amazing world we live in these days!
On last Wednesday evening outside Norma’s Corner House Bar in Goleen the Irish Tricolour and the US Star Spangled Banner hung side by side as inside a warm welcome was being made for a Delegation from the Government of Maine led by Commissioner for Economics Ms Denise Garland.
Earlier a very important agreement had been signed between Co Cork and the State of Maine at County Hall. Here in Goleen two communities met to celebrate the ancient bond between neighbours an ocean apart. We proudly call ourselves the last Parish before America and on this evening two neighbours Goleen and Maine came together with the hospitality we in West Cork are so proud of.
There is a closeness brought about through our collective histories and Michael Kingston Director of the Irish Cultural Centre in London and Special Advisor on Shipping, a son of this Parish and force behind this coming together addressed a full house of smiling faces behind the bar of his Aunt’s Pub. There were eloquent stories told from both sides of the water of emigration and the past, ambitions for the future and hopes of closer ties between us all, songs were sung, poems read, toasts held and friends made long into the evening. It was a truly very special night and so generously hosted.
The Goleen Summer Festival is delighted to announce that Singer/Songwriter and Story Teller Catherine Cunningham will open this year’s festival with a special concert at the Barleycove Hotel on Thursday 9th August at 8.30pm. Catherine is originally from Athea in West Limerick, she developed her sound while travelling in North America and finally returned to Ireland and discovered the delights of West Cork where she is now based.
She has been described as being as unpredictable as the roads she has travelled, her songs twist and unravel through the most unexpected of landscapes, to paint pictures and stories full of longing, humour and power. Mischievious and highly irreverent, her performances are intimate affairs, where the audience is regaled with songs and stories of the road.
Catherine will be performing material from her new show and 4th album “Bothering the Dead.”
Tickets will be available on the door or pre-booked from your local Community Councillor (€12)
Our roving reporters Liam & Brandy were out again with their camera on the front line braving the freezing conditions down at Stoney Beach
It’s a rare occurance but there was snow today, not enough to build a snowman but enough to get a few young at heart excited
A couple of us braved the weather and collected some manure for the Community Garden from Mary and her donkeys, with the snow not so much laying soft, crisp and even but hitting us horizontally in the face a top the mountain overlooking Crookhaven.
The Fastnet Lighthouse is simply an icon of this area. My daughter used to call it the “Happy Cake” as to her it looked like a birthday cake with one candle. To many it is known as the Teardrop of Ireland as it was the last view of Ireland as they sailed away to a new life.
We got sent this wonderful photo from Eileen who was dropping her kids off at the school bus yesterday morning. Red sky in the morning shepherd’s warning? The day was beautiful up to around 5 o’clock when the rain returned.
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