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St. Mel’s College, Longford: A School With A Great Tradition

Photo by Lalin Swaris St Mel's College, Longford, is 155 years old. Many Longfordians went to school here, including my own father. He spent three years there, and every time I pass I think of him as a teenager looking out of the windows; so there is a feeling of a personal connection. My father… Continue reading St. Mel’s College, Longford: A School With A Great Tradition

Genre: Why do writers write in a certain genre?

When I thought about writing about book genre I didn't realise that the topic was so complicated and interesting. I just thought, my genre are children's books, poetry, short stories and historical fiction. Those were my own interests and what I like to read, I also enjoy memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, family sagas and legend; but… Continue reading Genre: Why do writers write in a certain genre?

Choosing A Children’s Book: Parent’s Or Child’s Choice?

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and guardians and other significant adults like to buy books for children to encourage an interest in books, reading, and learning, to open horizons and for sheer enjoyment. When a child is small it is usually the adults who choose the books. Their choices made be based on what popular tv… Continue reading Choosing A Children’s Book: Parent’s Or Child’s Choice?

The death of the extended family

This is a very timely piece by my cousin, Ann Gerety Smyth

Ann Gerety Smyth

Once upon a time, older people were revered and loved by the tribe. They were the wise ones everyone looked up to and asked advice from. They stayed with the little ones and taught them tales while the youth and middle aged went to forage and hunt. They were looked after and they looked after in return. There was no reason for anyone to feel “useless” because everyone shared tasks and cared for each other and everyone just ‘was’. Then we separated into groups of different ages and stages and uses and were manipulated by those who wanted more and more and only saw the value in us when we worked to make their lives better, not our own. We began to see ourselves with a sell by date. This is so wrong. Let’s change that story, lets write a new one where we just ‘are’ and where we are…

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Winners Of A Free Book….. And Autumn Fruits

( See https://eileenmoynihan.wordpress.com/kids-and-teens-fan-club/ too) Well, here are the winners of the free book giveaway! Congratulations to all the winners! First was, Anselm... Anselm https://i.imgur.com/jyY22VJ.jpg Anselm Next were brother and sister, Ryan and Grace... https://i.imgur.com/GbsA8AK.jpg Ryan https://i.imgur.com/KSyq10v.png Grace And finally ... there was Boe... https://i.imgur.com/c70N4bU.jpg Boe https://i.imgur.com/iU4Us6x.jpg Boe with his chick. Fruits Of Autumn/ Fruits Of… Continue reading Winners Of A Free Book….. And Autumn Fruits

CULTURE NIGHT:IRELAND

Logo designed by Zinc Design Consultants 'Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is an annual, all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts... On Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, from independent studios and art-spaces to national cultural institutions, extend their opening hours to… Continue reading CULTURE NIGHT:IRELAND

Let’s talk about weeds

Love this piece by my cousin, Ann Gerety Smyth

Ann Gerety Smyth

Nearly three years ago we decided to let the garden do what it wanted for many reasons, a rubbish lawnmower and not having the funds to buy a new one was one of them so it wasn’t all ecowarrior motives though there were some thoughts on that too of course. We had been gradually leaving more and more of it alone with pollinators in mind, perhaps it was an inevitable eventuality that we would just stop mowing.

We received some negative comments and growls on the unrulyness of it all but also a few whispers that it was a good idea and helpful to the bees. My replies to the negative comments vary from “We’re doing it for the bees” to “Someone in this village has to be messy” to “Don’t you know we are the Dingles of Ardagh?” to ” Why would I use up any of my valuable…

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