An article in the Kerry Examiner on this day (December 13th) in 1850. It reports on the annual meeting of the society for the promotion of flax. At the meeting hemp which was grown in different parts of Ireland was also showcased.
Keepers of the Flame opens on Friday December 14th. *****
This feature-length documentary tells the story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war in Ireland. It brings to light the diverse experiences of some of the 85,000 ordinary Irish men and women who made pension and dependents allowance claims for active service during the period from Easter 1916 to the end of the Civil War in 1921. Their stories, which lie in the Irish Military Pension Archives, provide new detailed texture of the revolutionary period, when men and women fought together in the War of Independence and then against each other in the Civil War.
This feature debut from Emmy Award winner Nuala O’Connor, co-written with Diarmaid Ferriter, examines Ireland’s need to remember and acknowledge the deeds of the past and enable an understanding of who we are as a nation.
A global mandate: Ireland’s international struggle for self-determination.
In the form of a uniformed Irish Volunteer (representing Ireland) being introduced to the Versailles Conference table by Uncle Sam. Other participants at the conference table are represented by stylised figures such as John Bull.
Photo: NLI, NPA DOCG40 #irishhistory#irishselfdetermination#historicaltoursireland#jorgenhartogstourguide
An Chathair Gheal aka Cahergall Stone Fort. These structures were typically built in the west between 500 BC and 1200 AD, but this one is thought to be about 1,000 years old. 🧙♂️
Swipe for different angles of the fort in the ever changing weather and closeups of the lil house & Ballycarbery Castle that are seen in the distance.
. Have you been to Cong recently ?
I've driven through here so many times on route to connemara,but this was my first time properly stopping to take a look. .
It's just beautiful. It feels like a time capsule where the presence is still very strong of the history here - high kings, celts, monks who are said to have lived+ meditated here, signs of viking influences. (Quick google will give you more info on all this). But just imagine everything that went on here,you can sense it as you walk through the old Abbey. The remains of the fishing house as you cross the stone bridge to enter the woods under the archway. .
The woods are something else. The views of the lake are worth a moment to sit on the bench + take a breath. There are many walks here, some that can take you a few hours +.into neighbouring village Clonbur. If daylight hours are on your side then this would be a fabulous weekend excursion. .
I now get what all of the Ashford Castle fuss is about,you can also walk through their grounds into the village or vice versa. Cong is a wooded,nature walking haven. .
Okay - I've to admit , I've never seen The Quiet Man 🙊. I will watch it. Cong is where this John Wayne + Maureen O'Hara movie was filmed, I can see why. There is a museum (it was closed when I was in town.)
I had coffee in Puddle Ducks (soya milk + vegan wrap available) + I drove back around the town after I spotted the Hungry Monk (also closed but where I'll be visiting for food next time).
HOWEVER- My most enjoyable find was a delightful bookshop. One of the other things I'm always looking out for are interesting bookshops +this one is like a smaller Charlie Byrnes filled with old + newer books about Ireland,it's history,traditions,folklore As well as other treats that you can browse in their armchair that sits beside an old fireplace,now stacked with books. 😍 Heaven. .
There's a stone circle on the way out of Cong towards The Neale/Ballinrobe. I was not getting out as there was the 4th sideways torrential rain shower of my day but it looked cool from the (parked) car window 🤣
Cong / Ballinrobe is just over 30-40mins from Tuam. Perfect Xmas season walking spot.
Our original distillery, John's Lane, was famous for its stables. The grooms, proud POWERS men that they were, always looked their best and their horses were the prize of Dublin, winning countless awards. Because of this, rumor has it that many of the horses in modern-day Dublin can trace their lineage directly back to our stables.
An original Jack O'Lantern c.1850. Exhibited at the Museum of Country Life in Mayo.
The History of the Jack O'Lantern.
According to Irish folklore, a man called Stingy Jack was sentenced to roam the earth for eternity by the devil. A ghostly figure of the night, Jack walks with a burning coal inside of a carved out turnip to light his way. Irish folklore began to refer to this spooky figure as 'Jack of the Lantern' which then became 'Jack O’Lantern.' We all know that Halloween started with the Irish festival of Samhain or 'All Hallows Eve', which then became known as Halloween. This was a time of year when the veil between this world and the next was at its weakest and spirits roamed the world. This legend is why people in Ireland began to make their own versions of Jack’s lantern by carving grotesque faces into turnips, potatoes and beets, placing them by their homes to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits and travelers.
Irish migrants in the 19th century brought this legend across the Atlantic where they discovered that Pumpkins were easier to carve than Turnips. So it’s to an Irish character called Stingy Jack that we owe the origins of the modern Jack O'Lanterns.
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When you need travel so you become a tourist in your own country 🇮🇪 🌎🤷🏽♀️
Noel & Liam Gallagher of Oasis fame with their older brother Paul outside their Granny's house in Meath. The Gallagher brothers were Manchester born to Tommy Gallagher of Meath and Peggy Sweeney of Mayo.