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Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Town I Loved So Well

Saturday Photo Hunt ~ Architecture is here at ICL is at Home.
I had fun with this one this week!

One week to St. Patrick's Day!

Ha ha ha, I guess the photo above coulda been used for SPH ~ Architecture too!

Anywees, Trish, Pam and someone else I saw but can't remember who are gettin' me into the spirit leading up to St. Patrick's Day.

Now I must tell you why the days around St. Pat's mean so much to me.

March 18 is me Mum's birthday

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day, a course

March 16 - me youngest sister's birthday

March 15 - the day my Auntie passed away

So now to share with you one of me favourite Irish songs. Kind of sad but very poignant. This version is performed by Paddy Reilly of The Dubliners. It was actually written by Phil Coulter and he does a good performance also. It's also been performed by Luke Kelly and Ronnie Drew but I like Paddy's version best. See excerpts of the above performers here.

The Town I Loved So Well (incl lyrics)

Just for Pam ~ the picture at the top is of the same castle that you have on your blog. Another shot from a different angle here.


Cheeky said...

So do you have any special plans for St. Patty's Day?

kailani said...

Sounds like you're going to be very busy this week! Happy Birthday to everyone!

Fleur de Lisa said...

So what does ICL do for St. Patty's Day?

I love some Irish music too. Clannad's Theme from Harry's Game is a favorite.

This is a beautiful photo. There's something so beautiful yet so sad about that place.

Gattina said...

Thanks for reminding me, lol ! I have to send a card to my friend Anne who is Irish, but lives in England. I also love everything about Ireland, the history and the people who are so warmhearted. Anyway it's on my travel list too ! But then I would go with Anne, because she can show me around.

Pam said...

Hallo...'tis meself.

This is one of me mums favorites too. I tend to lean more towards the raucous type. I've been trying to ascertain if indeed the building is attributed to Queen Maeve or Red Maeve. Not much success so far. I guess I need to go back and look at my own pic and discern the street signs and try from that angle. Somehow...based on the architectural design, I think it's too new for the period of Maeve or Medb.
I'm enjoying posting daily for this month about one of my alltime favorite things...that would be...anything...allthings Irish. But I won't keep it up after the first of April.
Thanks for visiting and then for posting and the shout out. So sweet of you.
Slán agat!

Pam said...

Ach...sometimes I'm brilliant.
Leimanagh Castle near Kilfenora. Phew...I hate not knowing. I went back to my pics (not posted) and looked at the street sign and googled Kilfenora...opened a B & B website and it listed the castle as a local attraction. Now...to research Leimanagh Castle.

Pam said...

Okay...last comment on this post...I promise. This is what I found out and it may be that I confused Red Mary and Queen Maeve. Anyway...I also learned there are several ways to spell Leimanagh. Lovely.
The castle of Leimaneh, formerly the residence of that branch of the O’Briens from which Lord Inchiquin descends, is situated also in the parish of Killinaboy. It is in a tolerable state of preservation, and its size and surroundings attest the importance of the family by whom it was inhabited. In 1580 it was the property of Teige, son of Murrogh (the Tanist, first baron of Inchiquin). An inscription is found over the entrance porch in the following words:—“This was built in the year of our Lord 1648, by Connor O’Brien, and by Mary-ni-Mahone, wife of the said Connor.”
Don't know if you knew that already but...sometimes I just can't help myself.

Frances said...

Hi Irish - I'm half Irish and Italian & St. Paddy's Day is really special to me.
Thanks for sharing your very speacial post.
And for the lovely compliment.
Sending lucky shamrocks your way from NYC,