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St Patrick’s Day Gift: interviews with three great Irish writers

    Happy St. Patrick's Day, y'all! I do have a bit of genuine Irish in me, but the bulk of my heritage is English, Scottish and Dutch. What Irish I do have I magnify on March 17th, as one does. My daughter and I toured Ireland together back in 2014. She was finishing up a …

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Patrick Bronte’s Ireland: The roots of a family

The very thought my soul inspires, And kindles bright her latent fires; My Muse feels heart-warm fond desires, And spreads her wing, And aims to join th’ angelic choirs, And sweetly sing. May rosy Health with speed return, And all your wonted ardour burn, And sickness buried in his urn, Sleep many years! So, countless …

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a tramp’s abroad: photo essay of Galway city and the Cliffs of Moher

Yeah, I realize it's taken me more than double the time to tell you about my two weeks in Ireland and Wales than it did to experience them. And you're probably sick of hearing that old excuse about how busy I am and how exciting my life is and how my social life consists of rubbing …

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Speaking of Ian Rankin and Scotland (and travelling the world)

Was just going about my business, la di da, when this came through my FB feed: 25 Reasons Why Scotland Must Be on Your Bucket List - boredpanda.com I've been to Scotland, let's see... one, two, three times and found it staggeringly beautiful but I've never seen any of the sites photographed in this article. …

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