The Cliffs of Moher, Words of Wisdom and Irish Colouring Books…
Your letter from Ireland shorts from the 18th of July 2023.
Céad míle fáilte, welcome to your Letter from Ireland “Shorts”. Each Tuesday we’ll bring you a quick-read of some of our favourite and interesting Irish things for this week.
FAVOURITE PLACES IN IRELAND
The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare. Did you know that back in the 1800’s fishermen used to earn a bit of money catching birds and their eggs by climbing over the cliff edge? Can you just imagine what life was like there at the time! Watch this video where Carina chats about the cliffs – maybe you’ll recognise the location from one of your own visits?
FEATURED IRISH SURNAME
Our Irish surname of the week is “Lynch”. This name is prevalent throughout the island of Ireland. The Irish “Ó Loingsigh” comes from the word “loingseach” which means mariner. Alternatively, some Irish Lynches also come from the Norman names of “de Lench” or “de Leyn” who were also one of the main tribes of Galway. To see where the name appears in Ireland in the mid 1800s go to this page on Johngrenham.com
BOOK I’M READING NOW
“Gardening the Soul” by Sister Stanislaus Kennedy. A heartfelt and inspiring book by Sister Stan who grew up in Dingle, Co. Kerry. Drawing from the beauty of nature throughout the seasons, it offers daily thoughts to uplift and guide us through life’s challenges. She suggests that we find solace in solitude, embrace hope, experience blessings and cultivate harmony. Let nature’s wisdom nurture your soul. See the book on Amazon here.
IRISH WORD OR PROVERB
“Ní mar a shíltear an bhítear“
(pronounced “Nee mar a sheel-tar a vee-tar”)
Which warns us to be cautious – “things aren’t always how they seem”.
Something we know all too well when you start investigating your Irish ancestry!
IRISH CRAFT/PRODUCT WE LOVE
We love the art of Rhoda Taylor from Goleen in west Cork but we really connected with her adult colouring book of the Wild Atlantic Way, where you can bring her amazing art to life in your own way.
That’s it for this week. Send us an email with any of your own favourites for inclusion in future emails, or if you’re a plus member leave a comment below.
Slán for now,
Mike & Carina.