Culture AND Exercise!



It’s Culture Night again!

Here is a link to what’s happening in Co. Clare.

But I blow the trumpet loudly for the Poetry Collective, who are doing a guided literary walk around Ennis tonight. It promises to be fantastic and informative, and hey! you get in a bit of exercise at the same time. Meet at Clare Country Museum in Arthur’s Row at 5.15pm. You end up at Poets’ Corner Bar in the Old Ground Hotel, which is only right and proper!

I’d be a part of the tour myself if I didn’t have a gammy knee. Grrrrr. But I know the route and intend taking myself around some day …

Enjoy Culture Night, whatever you do!



Radio By The Sea

The Pollock Holes, Kilkee c.
The Pollock Holes, Kilkee

I’ve spent the last two weeks in Kilkee, Co Clare  – a place rather dear to my heart.

Five generations of my family have holidayed in this place that grew from small village to a Victorian watering hole with seaside ‘lodges’. Now, as when I was young, people come to Kilkee for the great beach, cliff walks, and rock pools … as well as the hurdy-gurdies, candy floss and ice cream.

This time around, however, I was on work placement with the local community radio – Raidió Corca Basicinn –

raidio corca baiscinn

And just before I leave, I want to thank everyone for being so welcoming and for throwing me in at the deep end (HAH!).

I ended up gathering, writing and reading three news bulletins a day and also participating in the daily ‘Everything Goes’ show. And I put together a little package about writer Emily Lawless and her Wild Geese Poems that mention Clare and Corca Baiscinn.

Hell, even the Kilkee Sea Serpent raised its briny head again this week!

Kilkee serpent

You can read an article about the station manager Áinemae in this week’s Clare Champion here.

From this radiohead to Áinemae and all the radioheads of West Clare: thanks so much, lads. It’s been a great experience.