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The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker

Art to Heart’s mentoring programme The Magic Turtles is up and running (see www.arttoheart.ie). Happily many people have been asking a lot of questions: why this programme, why now, how is it going to work? Well, it just felt the right thing to do in this moment in…

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Of Shrines and Brigid’s Wells

Of Shrines and Brigid’s Wells

by Jole Bortoli Saturday 17th March 2012. This St. Patrick’s Day I chose to spend some time with Ireland’s other famous saint, Brigid. I’ve never been too fond of Patrick anyway, with his banishing of the snakes who had done nothing wrong, the poor creatures!…

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Of Shrines and Holy Wells – Oughtmama

Of Shrines and Holy Wells – Oughtmama

I found this well a few years ago while looking for the ruins of three early christian churches at a location called Oughtmama (from the Irish Ucht Máma – Breast of the Mountain Pass), a valley situated off a secondary road that joins the coast…

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I Had a Dream

I Had a Dream

At the end of October last I was in need of some serious recharging, my batteries were totally flat and I longed for some time off. As they say, the universe promptly delivered. A couple of projects that were in the pipeline didn’t materialize and so…

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On Red Island

On Red Island

News from Volcanoland. The photograph above is of a very large trunk of a living pine tree in the park near my house. There is a big gash in it and I don’t know what caused it, but it is very dramatic and every time…

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Of Shrines and Holy Wells – Lough Avalla

Of Shrines and Holy Wells – Lough Avalla

The small sign “HOLY WELL” is situated beside a gate just a few yards from the well itself and no other directions are to be found in the area. I stumbled on it a few years ago when I was out walking with friends but…

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The Volcano Lover

The Volcano Lover

Stories from Volcanoland I can’t recall when my love for volcanoes started but I clearly remember my first visit to Mount Etna in Sicily. There had been an eruption a couple of months earlier which I had followed on television. I had been mesmerized by…

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Searching for Gems

Searching for Gems

What I like most about my job is to watch people creating during workshops. First the people gather, children or adults, and choose a place to work from, then I introduce the theme of the day with the aid of visual displays and then I…

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Of Shrines and Holy Wells – R476

Of Shrines and Holy Wells – R476

  My fascination with Irish holy wells continues. I guess that I am strongly attracted by them because they are often situated in special places, are generally not sign posted and therefore very elusive even when found along busy roads, like the one photographed above….

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Picnic at Áras an Uachtaráin

Picnic at Áras an Uachtaráin

As I write the inauguration ceremony for president elect, Michael D. Higgins is taking place and I thought this opportunity for formally thanking this country , Ireland, for the generous hospitality that I have received in all these years. It is about time I did…

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