Rolling Around the Achill Sound (1999)

Rolling Around the Achill Sound (1999)

Ireland’s largest outlying island is also one of its most magical. Measuring 20 kms from east to west and 18 kms from north to south, Achill Island enjoys a coastline of about 120 kms and supports a community of about 2600 people (2011). If you’ve only got...
Father Edwin Fitzgibbon & Doctor George Sigerson: The Monk & The Poet

Father Edwin Fitzgibbon & Doctor George Sigerson: The Monk & The Poet

In recent years there has been tremendous interest in the stories behind the names of the foremost champions’ cups on the GAA sporting calendar in Ireland. Liam McCarthy and Sam Maguire, whose names adorn the All-Ireland hurling and football trophies, were both...
Ireland – Birthplace of Vampires

Ireland – Birthplace of Vampires

The girl tilted her head forward to kiss the young man. However, as he lent forward, she brushed her lips past his and brought her mouth down upon his throat, a flash of teeth, white as tusks. The old Count, seated nearby, exploded in fury. And Bram Stoker awoke from...

Thoughts from Moone: Ogham to Isaac (2011)

Ireland is full of rock formations, the purpose of which we don’t understand. Outside Carlow Town is a dolmen which is to say a huge rock mounted on a number of other rocks. The one I’m talking about has a capstone of over 100 tons. It is the biggest in...