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We offer walking tours in Dutch, Flemish, German and English in Ireland focusing on, but not excluding, the Cork area. We also work for a number of national tour operators for guided tours and/or coach tours. We offer a range of different tours that can be customised to your needs and your time constraints and adapted to your wishes. We also offer day tours for groups wishing to visit Cork or the province of Munster. Our rates are competitive and we are committed to giving you the best deal possible. Feel free to send us a message and we will reply as soon as we can.

Wir bieten Stadt- und Rundführungen an in Niederländisch, Flämisch, Deutsch und Englisch in Irland. Wir arbeiten auch für nationalen Reiseveranstalter für Führungen und/oder Busreisen. Wir bieten eine Reihe von verschiedenen Touren und Führungen, die für Ihren Bedürfnissen und Ihrem Zeitdruck angepasst und auf Ihre Wünsche angepasst werden können. Wir bieten auch Tagestouren für Gruppen, die Cork oder die Provinz Munster besuchen möchten. Unsere Preise sind wettbewerbsfähig, und wir sind entschlossen, zu sorgen dass Sie das beste Angebot möglich bekommen. Schicken Sie uns eine Nachricht und wir werden so schnell wie möglich zu beantworten.

James Joyce, Ulysses and Ennis

Get Behind the Muse

Church Street, Ennis at the end of the nineteenth century. Church Street, Ennis at the end of the nineteenth century.

I’ve just finished reading James Joyce’s Ulysses. A pleasant surprise that awaited me between its covers was several mentions of my hometown of Ennis. Compared to the brouhaha Dubliners make out of even the most passing of references to landmarks in their city, Ennis people are either ignorant of (as I was before reading the book) or indifferent to their town being written about in one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated (and notorious) novels.

The Queen's Hotel, Ennis. The Queen’s Hotel, Ennis.

Ennis figures in Ulysses in the context of main character Leopold Bloom’s father, Rudolph, having committed suicide in the Queen’s Hotel (of which he was the owner) on the 27th of June, 1886. The first reference to this occurs during the book’s funeral section:

 Martin Cunningham whispered:

—I was in mortal agony with you talking of suicide before Bloom.

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Catholicism and Socialism

Lux Occulta

SOCIALISM

A series of Lenten Discourses against Socialism delivered by Father Robert Kane, S.J., in Gardiner Street Church, Dublin, 1910.

Nihil obstat: G. DELANY, S.J., Praepositus Provinciae Hibernicae

Nihil obstat: F. E. O’LOUGHLIN, Censor Theologiae Deputat.

Imprimi Potest: +GULIELMUS, Archiep. Dublinensis, Hiberniae Primas.

Dublini die 12 Julii, 1910.

PREFACE

IN offering these lectures to the public at the request of those whose advice is to me a welcome command, I wish to call the marked attention of my readers to some most important points. First, these lectures treat of real Socialism, that is to say, the social theory which would give to the democratic State the exclusive ownership, administration, and distribution of all wealth and of all means of wealthmaking. Thus, once for all the innumerable multitude of men and women who call themselves Socialists merely because they are…

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Vinegar Hill

Roaringwater Journal

Recent travels took us to County Wexford, and we immediately immersed ourselves in the locality. For years I have played the tune usually known as Boolavogue, without fully understanding the significance of the piece – and its place – in Irish history. Firstly, here’s a masterful rendering of this most heartrending of airs  by Davy Spillane and Aly Bain (from the Transatlantic Sessions) – enjoy the beauty:

That’s the instrumental but, according to the history books, the tune was originally called Eochaill (Youghal Harbour), used as the melody for a song written in 1898 by Patrick Joseph McCall to commemorate the centenary of the Irish Rebellion: the song was known as Fr Murphy of the County Wexford, and became ‘Boolavogue’ in more recent times. Here is Eochaill beautifully played by Paul Davies who I met on my first visit to Ireland back in the 1970s: he took me on…

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Tory Island, Marriages & Shrovetide

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William Le Fanu, 1816-1894;

‘In the south and west of Ireland marriages amongst the peasantry, with rare exceptions, take place during Shrove-tide.* Many of the people think it would not be lucky to be married at any other time of the year; consequently the priest always, when it was possible, visited the island during Shrove for the purpose of solemnizing any weddings which had been arranged. It, however, sometimes happened that the weather was so stormy for weeks together that no boat could approach the island, so it had been arranged that, when this occurred, the engaged couples should at an appointed hour assemble on the east shore of the island, while the priest, standing on the shore of the mainland opposite to them, read the marriage ceremony across the water. As soon as the storm abated he went to the island and did whatever more was necessary to…

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