Jímin Mhaire Thaidhg
Sunday, July 10, 2005, 12:59 PMJimín Mháire Thaidhg
Níor éirigh idir mé féin agus Mam ar feadh abhfad.
Bhíos im' bhucaill maith,tá's agat! Nó cheap Mam go rabhas,
agus b'é an dá mhar a chéile é. Nuair thagainn isteach istodhche deirinn léi gur thus i dtigh Mháire Aindí a bhínn, ag tarrac uisce agus ag breith mhóna isteach do Nell. Deireadh mo mháthair go mb'fhearra dhom fuireach ar fad acha. Ag magadh fúm a bhíodh sí thuiginn; ach deirinn-se léi ná fágfainn mo mhaimí féin ar aonne.
Ar m'anam ná feadar ciaca ag magadh bhínn féin nó nárbh eadh.
Is amhlaidh atá an scéal idir mé féin agus Mam: go mbímíd mór le chéile uair umásach agus amhrasach ar a chéile urmhóir ár shaoghail agus mise bocht i mbroid is i mhórbrón an chuid eile den aimsir.
Aimsir na broide atá anois tagaithe orm. Táim féin is Mam i gcogadh dhearg le n-a chéile. B'fhéidir nach mar sin is ceart dom cur síos air,mar is í sin atá i gcogadh liomsa agus mise ag díol as go cráite agus go dóite. Is mór an tubaist d'aon bhuacaill bocht a mháthair do chur scairt an uilc uirthi féin chuige. Níorbh fhiú trí leathpinginí do shaoghal aici, a chroidhe, nuair a bheadh an faobhar uirthi chughat. Sin a dhuirt Daid, leis.
This is the sad story of a 13 year old boy always getting up to mischief and being chastised by his mother, who he tend to blame for all his troubles - the poor woman. I had similar feelings about my poor mother putting the blame always on me as I was growing up and letting my sisters off scot free. At least Jimín didn't have a younger brother whom his mother could fawn upon. But her heart was in the right place and she did it all with the best of intentions and she gave her life for us ungrateful children.
My poor mother passed away to Heaven last week 'when Ireland's fields were green, and they carried out her coffin down the old bog road'
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Saturday, July 9, 2005, 03:12 PMThe burren is a hilly area in northwest Clare just south of Galway bay with a unique almost lunar bare limestone surface. The rocky surface appears to give it a warmer temperature all year round than other parts of Ireland so that exotic plants grow there.
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Friday, July 8, 2005, 12:06 PMTheir is wonderful landscapes all around Galway bay from the Burren in Clare to Connemara in Galway.The stonework is like lacework and sometimes very fine - you would think the stone walls would be pushed over by the wind or a sheep, but they seem to have survived for many maybe hundreds of years.
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Thursday, July 7, 2005, 01:12 PMJust back from three day trip to the west of Ireland - Clare and Galway and what a beautiful place it is.Galway bay is fabulous place for diving and swimming out from.
They are so relaxed about things there not like up here in Dublin, where it is regarded as practically suicide to dive into the sea' in case a rock would come up and hit you'.
The Atlantic off the west coast is much warmer than our poor Irish sea of the east too. They have it nice over there by Galway bay.
'If you ever go across the sea to Ireland;
It may be at the closing of your days,
Just to sit and watch the girls in the cities
and see the sun go down on Galway bay'
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impressions of the sea
Friday, July 1, 2005, 03:38 PMWe were sitting on DunLaoghaire beach today with a young German-austrialian friend when we came to thinking how lucky we are to live on an island in this beautiful Atlantic sea. Perhaps, it is true that Ireland or Éire, to give it its old and correct name was the site of the fabled city of Atlantis. It was once called the Island of saints and scholars and it is a good place to get away from the mad world and even the leading American magizine has said that Kerry is one of the best places in the world to retire to. There is an old Irish sayng "May you die in Ireland" said not as a threat, hopefully, but maybe because its nextdoor to Heaven and you won't have a long journey getting there
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