My beloved mother Peggy passed away in Feb 2014. It took me a few weeks to gather my courage to go through her “bits and bobs”. In a blanket box behind the bedroom door, I found the bundle of letters tied with a red ribbon. Forty years ago this year, my best friend Catherine and I had
Doing Your Family Tree
The wedding photo on our wall at home of Peggy’s grandparents, John Gough and Alice Mulcahy, first got me interested in family trees and genealogy. I wondered what their life had been like in Massachusetts, what had brought them back to Ireland in 1899 and what had become of their family…. especially their daughters born in America who had re-emigrated.
My hometown of Carrick-on-Suir is renowned for its musical and theatrical heritage. My earliest memories are of going to see my neighbour Madge when the (then) Carrick-on-Suir Amateur Operatic Society were performing “Cinderella” in the Ormonde Hall. It was my first time seeing a musical live and, in the flesh, and I remember being mesmerised by the live orchestra, the singing
8 Things I've Learnt About Balcony Gardening
Now, if I had a Euro for every time I heard that nursery rhyme recited to me, I could have retired 10 years ago 😂. But as it happens, one of my Covid-19 lockdown projects has been exactly that…getting my garden to grow. Actually… my livingroom Balcony and bedroom Terrace to be more precise…seeing as I live in a 6th floor city centre apartment in the middle of Dublin. While in lockdown, private outside space is more valuable than ever; we’ve all learnt and I've found that gardening is really good for the soul.
8 Tips For A Great Themed Party
Themed Parties are a fun way to celebrate key milestones and events. Significant birthdays, Christmas functions, engagement parties, school reunions and even weddings can be a whole lot more craic when there’s a theme!
This time 5 years ago I had a “Hippy” Party for my 50th birthday….being born in the mid-1960s. I’m not exactly a party person and I’m 100% certain I am not the most fun person you know. In fact, I’m probably one of the least fun people you know. My idea of a good time is curled up by the fire on a winter’s night with a good book and a steaming hot mug of hot chocolate. But despite all of that, I’m not sure about anyone else ….but I really enjoyed that “Hippy” Party.
I learned a lot from organising it (with the wonderful help of family and friends) so the planning was never overwhelming. When all of this Covid-19 malarkey is hopefully a distant bad memory, these tips may help you throw the best themed post-Covid party ever!!
Learn 8 Poems
So…..why learn poems?? Well I read somewhere that poets have the uncanny ability to tap into the realm of spirit. Poems enable us to transcend the mundane, and experience the world as we see and feel it. Poets have the ability to turn what to most people, are chaotic thoughts and feelings, into beautiful and meaningful works of art. Poets pass on what they have learned through their words and believe it is their duty to pass it on. All cultures revere their poets, none more so than my own, the Irish. We call them Seanchaí (shan-a-key) meaning the storytellers, the bards and the minstrels.
OK, it’s so difficult to pick just 8 poems!! After all, poems are written about all aspects of life and death – love, loss, nature, beauty, human struggle, amusement etc. In Ireland, we are blessed with having some of the world’s best poets that it’s almost impossible to pick only 8!! We learn poems from Primary School upwards……and everyone has a favourite poem/ poet.
So forgive me if you don’t see your personal favourite here. I’ve cast the net wider than just Irish poems/ poets….to those that resonate with me. Some I remember from school (thanks to Mrs. Denny) and some I’ve learnt along the way. 3 of the poets I've chosen are called William!! So here are 8 of my favourite poems which are in
My name is Mary and this is my bucket list blog ...having survived a near-death experience. I hope it encourages you to "live your best life". See how I'm completing my own bucket list items. And let me know how you're getting on with yours!