At the Edge of Ireland: Seasons on the Beara Peninsula by David Yeadon

By David Yeadon

In fresh years, eire has loved a newfound prosperity as Europe's such a lot prosperous kingdom. yet tucked away in a much nook of the so-called "Celtic Tiger," that different enduring and genuine country—that small, hidden position of straightforward magic and romance—still exists. Acclaimed shuttle author David Yeadon and his spouse, Anne, got down to locate it.

On the Beara Peninsula of southwest eire, the Yeadons stumbled on their very own "little misplaced world," an attractive Brigadoon of hovering mountain levels and stunning coastal surroundings, some distance faraway from the touristic hullabaloo of Dublin, Killarney, and the hoop of Kerry. here's the fabled "Old Ireland," alive and good with track seisuins, hooley dances, and seanachai storytellers—a haven for searchers, healers, artists, and poets hardy adequate to have braved a similar slender and winding mountain roads that hold the package-tour coaches out.

Bursting with colour and lifestyles, At the sting of Ireland is an intrepid wanderer's occasion of a mystical, unspoiled, and unforgettable Éire.

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Writers often make this stream seem as imposing as London’s Thames or Manhattan’s East River, but in actuality it is an enticingly modest stream crossed by stubby bridges that provide easy intercourse between the twin urbanities on either side. Spring + 11 We strolled on past the great Dublin landmarks—Christ Church Cathedral, the stately composition of Dublin Castle, the National Gallery, and the architectural extravaganza of Trinity College, meeting and melding place of Ireland’s greatest artists, writers, and statesmen.

In fact, so richly descriptive of Dublin is the book, that Joyce claimed, if the city were ever destroyed, it could be re-created through the pages of his Ulysses. So—here are a few fragments of his homage to Dublin: The gray warm evening descended upon the city . . The streets swarmed with a gaily- colored crowd. Like illuminated pearls the lamps shone from the summits of the tall poles upon the living texture below, changing shape and hue unceasingly. In a second vibrant vignette: The air without is impregnated with rainbow moisture, life essence celestial, glistening on Dublin stone there under star-shiny coelum.

Asked the barman, preceded by a sly malicious wink to the cluster of arm-flexing, Guinnesschugging giants by the counter. “Er . . just, ah, a bottle of Sam Smith’s? Pale Ale will be fi ne—or a Newcastle Brown . . Even a Worthington would be okay if . ” More silence. Of the sinister, sniggery kind. And then: “So— that’s the way then, is it? Guinness is not good enough f’ya, then? Is that it? Or Smithwick’s or Harp. Or Murphy’s. Or Beamish. In fact, it seems t’me like nothin’ made in our beautiful country will suffice?

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