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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: DUBAI, UAE

ABRA, DUBAI, UAE

This is a “little  abra” or water taxi on Dubai Creek (which is actually an estuary of the Red Sea flowing through the center of bustling Dubai).  They ferry passengers between Dubai and Deira on either side of the Creek and can also be hired for a sightseeing tour.  There are also “big abras” offering the same ferry service.  They queue at the jetties the same way automobile taxis do at taxi ranks and are usually loaded with workers going to and fro.

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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: DUNLUCE CASTLE, CO. ANTRIM

DUNLUCE CASTLE

It’s the season……………I forgot yesterday was Monday!  This is Dunluce Castle on the County Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland.  Legend has it that part of the castle tumbled into the sea, carrying several of the help, during a bad winter storm.  It’s precarious perch makes for a spectacular sight very close to the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmill’s Distillery.  For you golfers, the golden strand of beach in  the background is part of the Royal Portstewart Golf Club, which hosted the British Open this year.

Copyright 2012                       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.

Click on any image to enlarge or any highlighted word for more information.

Copyright 2012             Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: SILENT VALLEY RESERVOIR, CO. DOWN

This view of the Silent Valley Reservoir is so very typical of Ireland….bursts of brilliant sunshine through the dark clouds.  The Silent Valley is deep  within the Mourne Mountains in County Down and the valley itself can only be reached on foot.  The reservoir was created in 1933 when the Kilkeel River was dammed.  The “infinity pool” effect intrigued me.  The view is looking to the south and the Atlantic Ocean.

Remember, you can click on the image to enlarge or on the highlighted words for more information.

Copyright 2012       Mary Jane E Clark

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