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Spotted This Week – May 25th – Irish Interest

Another week down. TGIF! This coming Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. Be sure to Thank a Soldier.

And now…down to business. Let’s take a look at some of the things that drew my attention this week. As usual, the focus is Irish interest.

Beautiful Ireland

The Healy Pass

IrishAmerica.com posted some great shots of Irish landscape photography by Eoghan Kavanagh, a professional photographer who “has spent the last 10 years or more working on a personal project to capture the landscape of Ireland.”
Some of the images on show include shots of The Healy Pass in Cork, the Skellig Islands of Kerry and Lough Brinn in Co. Kerry. It was the picture of the tree in Lough Brinn that caught my eye and prompted me to post this. There are 3 pictures of it, spanning 5 years, taken during different seasons. The color change between the 3 shots is beautiful, and it must have taken incredible dedication to capture this on camera.
If you’re looking for more images by Eoghan, you can browse and admire, or even purchase, his full collection on skyline.ie/. Image credit


Limerick has never really been a spot I’ve taken a ton of interest in going to. Maybe it’s because it was always just so close to where I lived in Cork, and I probably looked at places further afield as more appealing. But I have been to Limerick a few times. Once for a concert, and once for a job interview (didn’t get it!). Limerick does have plenty to offer. Take a look at this post by Susan @ VibrantIreland.com. She gives us some good tips on where to go, what to see, and were to grab a bite to eat. Oh, and I think you’ll love the picture of King John’s Castle at that link ๐Ÿ™‚

Irish pubs and sessions

I stumbled upon a great little post the other day about “How to join a traditional Irish music session”, by Felicity Hayes-McCoy, a professional writer who lives in Corca Dhuibhne, Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. Take a quick read of her post, and you’ll get some good insight into what is considered proper etiquette when you find yourself immersed in an Irish pub session. Rural Irish pubs are so much more than a place to have a few pints and a chat. Most rural pubs evolved from being somebody’s home to now being the focal point of a village. Read Felicity’s post – she’ll give you all the details.

Speaking of pubs, the one in the picture to the left was one I visited a number of years back on my way back home to Cork from Killarney. Some of you may have saw my post on Facebook earlier in the week regarding the sad news that this great little pub burned down (read more here). Fortunately, the family who live in the adjoining house escaped unharmed. Best wishes to them for the future, and let’s hope they can rebuild.

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Thanks for reading, and as always I welcome your comments, and anything of Irish interest that you spotted throughout the week that you’d like to share.
Have a nice weekend, and for those of you in USA, Happy Memorial Day.


  1. Hi Liam, I promised myself I’d leave your comment board free of me for a bit but the “join the session” section made me have to add a bit more. I know you are familiar with pub etiquette and the session has it’s own rules and a hierarchy that’s important to show respect for. Experienced players that are new to a session group will wait until prompted to lead, it may not look like it but there is always someone in charge, the session is for the music and the playing of the tune, novices that play softly along with tunes they know will learn a lot, they will probably be asked to start off a tune provided as your article states they are patient. Bodhrans, spoons, guitars, should only provide background support to the main melody, session are about the melody and the tune shouldn’t be taken over by percussion. The best times are had in old pubs filled with Irish tunes played with true feeling, thank you for your post, and I promise to leave you be for a bit,

    • Hey Brian
      You’re comments are more than welcome – all of them.
      Thanks for your input on “session etiquette”.
      A lot of old Irish traditions are dying off slowly in many areas, but the ‘session’ lives on in almost every part of the country. Even in city centres, where you would think they need to appeal to a younger, pop culture crowd, you will find a good session.
      Etiquette is important, especially to those playing. You don’t wanna piss off the boss ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Hi Liam, nice site you have here. It might interest you to know that Eoghan Kavanagh has a kickstarter project up to fund a project to document the Skelligs with his unique eye. Worth a look as its one of Ireland’s only forays into the Kickstarter platform. http://kck.st/L3ErEr