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HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2014 CALENDAR

For several years, I’ve made up calendars for a few friends and family members.  Since I can’t send one to each of you, I thought I’d try it this way!

IRISH RAINBOW

2014 CALENDAR COVER  CO. FERMANAGH

IRISH SUNRISE

 2014: JANUARY  CO. MEATH

GIANT'S CAUSEWAY
2014: FEBRUARY  GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

BONANE, COUNTY KERRY

2014: MARCH   BONANE, CO. KERRY

RING OF KERRY-SKELLIG RING

2014: APRIL  RING OF KERRY

BOMBAY STREET, BELFAST

2014: MAY  BOMBAY STREET, BELFAST

MIZEN HEAD, CO. CORK

2014: JUNE  MIZEN PENINSULA, CO CORK

THE SKELLIGS, CO KERRY

2014: JULY  SKELLIG ISLANDS, CO KERRY

IRISH GRAIN

2014: AUGUST  MOYNALTY, CO MEATH

DUNLUCE CASTLE

2014: SEPTEMBER  DUNLUCE CASTLE, CO ANTRIM

GLENANCHIQUIN, CO KERRY

2014: OCTOBER  GLENANCHIQUIN, BEARA PENINSULA

IRISH AUTUMN

2014: NOVEMBER  CO. MEATH

DINGLE PENINSULA

2014: DECEMBER  DINGLE PENINSULA, CO KERRY

HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY FRIENDS!

Copyright 2013                          Mary Jane E Clark

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: AUTUMN IN IRELAND

AUTUMN IN IRELAND

The Ulster-American Folk Park, outside Omagh, Co.Tyrone, is a fascinating experience, portraying the lifestyles of Ulster men and women who lived in the area and emigrated to the United States in the early 1800s.  It is located on the grounds of the former Mellon Family farm, of Carnegie Mellon fame.  I loved the juxtaposition of the American farmstead rail fences with the Irish foliage.

Copy right 2013                                            Mary Jane E Clark

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: HA’PENNY BRIDGE, DUBLIN

HA'PENNY BRIDGE, DUBLIN

Prior to 1816, the only way to cross the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland‘s capital city, was by one of 7 ferries.   Then, to replace the deteriorating ferries, this bridge was built and named the Wellington Bridge for the “Iron Duke” who was born on Merrion Street in Dublin.  (He, when asked about his Irish heritage,  famously replied “Just because one is born in a stable it does not make one a horse”.   Summons up his attitude to the Irish, huh?)

Although the name was officially changed to Liffey Bridge, it has always been known as the Ha’penny Bridge, which was the toll to cross the bridge….1 old halfpenny, which was collected at turnstiles on either end of the bridge.   Until 2000, when the Millenium Bridge was built,  this was the only pedestrian bridge across the River Liffey.  Studies in 2001 showed pedestrian traffic in excess of 27,000 people per day and also that critical repairs were needed.  The were carried out by Harland and Wolff of Belfast, the company which built the Titanic.

Currently, the main concern with the Ha’pennyBridge is the removal of the increasing number of “love locks” which are being attached to it and damaging the paint.  Love locks are padlocks upon which couples inscribe or paint their names, attach and lock to the bridge, then throw the keys into the Liffey as a symbol of their undying love and connectedness.  The Dublin City Council is now cutting these off on a weekly basis.

Copyright 2013                                    Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: DOWNHILL, COUNTY ANTRIM

DOWNHILL WATERFALL

About an hour outside of Belfast, I came upon this gorgeous waterfall in the hamlet of Downhill, in the Glens of AntrimCounty Antrim has so many wonderful locations, including the Mussenden Temple, the Giant’s Causeway,  the Old Bushmills  Distillery, Dunluce Castle, the Portstewart Golf Club, soaring sea cliffs, golden strands, mountains and, yes, waterfalls!

Copyright 2013                                     Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: BELFAST MURAL

 

Belfast, as well as Derry, was a center for the 40 years of sectarian fighting and violence known as The Troubles.  Many murals were painted during this time, most of them depicting political viewpoints, portraits of martyrs, sectarian slogans and threats and promises.  The vitriol expressed was matched by the brutal attacks by the UVF, the UDA, the Provisional IRA  and various dissident factions on both the Republican and Unionist/Loyalist sides.  Many of these murals still exist but some of the more hateful expressions are being whitewashed.

The 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement ushered in a new era of peace, no matter how fragile.  Progress has been made with a power-sharing government seated in Stormont Castle.  And, as you can see, this new spirit of co-operation manifests itself through art.  It’s just a beginning, but it IS a beginning.

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Copyright 2012             Mary Jane E Clark

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