The West's Awakeby Cormac MacConnell
- Looking forward to cutting ties to the ties that bind my throttle
- Bishop Eamon Casey served us well, and deserves our prayers
- A lovely tale of island life in the paradise of West Clare
- The Boarding Out orphan was a wonderful pick
- How do the Irish regard their American visitors? With pride
I'm looking forward to meeting up with him again in Mitchelstown and will have a few Cork yarns for ye out of that. Which reminds me that I've still got a few stashed away from the Fair of Spancilhill and the Willie Week. They are all stored away like the nuts of a squirrel for release whenever this glorious summer comes to a close.
I'm trying to write this in Maisie's cottage garden in the afternoon of the warmest and brightest day of our summer, a genuine heat wave such as you have over there in some states.
All around me rosebuds are bursting open with red and orange and even yellow new life, and the new pup called Pepper is assaulting my left sandal with total ferocity and the tears are rolling down my face because, through the cottage door off the CD player comes the singing voice of my father Sandy, dead and buried since the early seventies but surviving still through the miracle of an audio captured by Robin Morton about six months before Sandy went away to heaven.
Back home I was at another singsong in Ennis last night, and I was so relaxed and eased by the holiday mood and that continuing sporting debate between the music and songs that, for once, I kept my throat closed and did not try to impose my poor quality vocals upon the night. And that's a first!
I’m just back home from the watershed midsummer event that is the fabled Fair of Spancilhill just outside Ennis and, yes, the lazy, hazy, crazily cracked days of madness are here again, everything changed, nothing changed down the centuries of the old fair, the haggling and taggling and the dealing and wheeling.
It's spiritually refreshing. I watched entranced, for example, as a lively she- donkey from North Mayo changed hands for about $1,000 of your money.