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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: DECEMBER SUNRISE IN MOYNALTY

DECEMBER SUNRISE

The information accompanying this photo tells me that I took it on 17 December 2013 (one of my 5 my beautiful sisters’, Carole’s, birthday) at 8:42:39.   Sunrise at that hour I can handle.  2 months later, today, sunrise was at 7:37.  And it will just keep coming earlier and earlier until June 22, the Summer Solstice.  Because Ireland is so far north, the summer nights are very short and the days quite long.  In the summer, the “lighting up time” (when you need to turn your driving headlights on) can be 11 p.m. or later!  And, the sky starts lightening again by 4 a.m.  I wear a sleep mask!

Copyright 2014                     Mary Jane E Clark

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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

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: SOLSTICE SUNSET

WINTER SOLSTICE 2013 SUNSET

The rays of the rising sun, on the Winter Solstice, light the central chamber of the Newgrange Tumulus, part of the Bru na Boinne complex.  What is little known is that the rays of the setting sun that same day illuminate the inner chamber of the passage tomb at Dowth, also part of Bru na Boinne.  Although not open to the public, nor fully excavated, Dowth, as well as Newgrange and Knowth, are within 15 miles of my home in County Meath, Ireland, where this was taken on 21 December 2013.   Magic is all around!

Copyright 2013                             Mary Jane E Clark

NEWGRANGE: ARISE, AWAKE!

RIVER BOYNE

RIVER BOYNE

PLAINS OF MEATH

PLAINS OF MEATH

NEWGRANGE TUMULUS

NEWGRANGE TUMULUS

NEWGRANGE SKY BOX

NEWGRANGE SKY BOX

Nestled on the banks of the River Boyne in County Meath, Ireland, is the complex of ancient passage tombs known as Bru na Boinne (Palace on the Boyne).  Chief among these ancient monuments is Newgrange.  Built over 5000 years ago, predating both the Great Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge, it gazes out over the lush plains of Meath as it has for ages.  Although no one knows for sure why it was built, we do know that today, the 21st of December, the day of the Winter Solstice, is ITS day!  For on this morning, as I am writing this, the rays of the rising sun (and it is rising gloriously) will pass through the sky box located above the imposing oval-shaped inscribed stone at the entrance.  Slowly, then seeming to increase in speed and splendor, the light enters the passage tomb and finally pierces the very center of the chamber.  The illumination seems to be a reminder, and a promise, that even now, on the darkest day of winter, the light is returning, as it always has, as it always will.

NEWGRANGE:  ARISE, AWAKE!

Copyright 2013                                              Mary Jane E Clark

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT

FIRST CUT 2012,IRELAND

Ah, soon…………..this was the first cut of hay last year in Moynalty, County Meath.  Soon, soon……………  In the meantime, I’m guiding a small group of tourists through the west and north of Ireland, which are very much overlooked regions of this magical country.  I’m in Lisdoonvarna tonight (County Clare)  , Kilronan on the Aran Island of Inis Mor_(County Galway) tomorrow then on to Connemara……………….

 

Copyright  2013     Mary Jane  E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: BOYLE, COUNTY ROSCOMMON

Last September, I was able to return to my  grandmother’s birthplace.  Thanks to a wonderful hotel desk clerk at the Kilronan Castle Hotel and then a great butcher on Peter Street in Boyle, County Roscommon, I was able to locate the “auld homestead”.  Knocked on the door and was given traditional Irish hospitality for several hours, got names and locations of my great-uncle William’s buddies, tea and bickies , and the deeds dating back to 1905……………  On my return trip to County Meath, we were treated to incredible rainbows!

Copyright 2013                                Mary Jane E ClarkROSCOMMON RAINBOW

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: KINGSFORT RAINBOW

KINGSFORT RAINBOW

This is one of the things I miss when I spend the winters in Florida, rather than at home in Moynalty, Ireland.  Yes, it rains a lot but the compensation is the abundance of rainbows.  It often rains in the afternoon, when the sun is in the front of the house, so I look out the back windows and BEHOLD!  The glorious rainbow appears and if you look carefully, there is a second one above it.

I know there are also rainbows in Florida, but I live in a townhouse with limited windows, in a complex with 3 story buildings all around and in a town with lots of structures to obscure them.  However, I am on a golf course, a 5 minute walk from the beach and blessed in so very many ways.  And I can store up my rainbow and sunrise/sunset mental (and digital!)  images then pull them out whenever needed!  Life is good.

Copyright 2013                         Mary Jane E Clark

 

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