Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

the chirper who could

this bird can chirp pretty loud.  At first I couldn't see where he was chirping from but then I noticed the little fellow perched on a bracket.  It was the perfect stage for him. :)


Friday, December 15, 2017

a sunny appearance

after a rainy morning, the sun returned for a while so I went down to the water and took a long walk.  It was absolutely nice to be out and about again.  Toward the end of my walk, the rain did return and lasted in to the night along with gusty winds.  I'm happy with the photo I got.  Have a great weekend.



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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

the Flight of the Earls

I came across this disk when I was walking one day in Killybegs.  It was located just off the main street.  It commemorates the 400th anniversary of Flight of the Earls in 1607.


The Flight of the Earls 1607
Rathmullan, Co Donegal, September 14th 1607

The small fishing town of Rathmullan in County Donegal witnessed a key event in Irish history - the end of the old Gaelic order. From this spot in 1607 a small ship left for Spain. On board were the chieftains of some of the leading Gaelic families of Ulster, including the O'Donnells and the O'Neills. Those chieftains who could not live with the new English order sought refuge with England's main enemy, with the hope either of making a new life for themselves, or of living to fight another day. How did they come to be here, and why did they leave?

In one final attempt by the old order to reverse the tide of English power a decade or so earlier, an army was organised by Hugh O'Neill, chief of Tir Eoghain, and Red Hugh O'Donnell, chief of Donegal. They began a series of battles with the English which came to be known as the Nine Years War. After strenuous efforts on their part, the Gaelic chieftains secured a promise of support from the leading continental power of the day, Spain. To meet up with the Spanish army, however, O'Neill's and O'Donnell's force had to march the length of the country to Kinsale on the south coast. There they fought and lost the landmark Battle of Kinsale, which ended the old Gaelic political and cultural system. Red Hugh made his way to Spain to try to inject new life into the alliance but died in the Castle of Simanacas a little over a year after Kinsale. He was succeeded as chieftain by his brother Rory.

Info courtesy of Ask All About Ireland website
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

watch out


Some of the snow and sleet gathered on the roofs began sliding off last night.  You have to be careful  where you walk.




Saturday, December 9, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

what's cooking

a cat we see around the neighborhood showed up when supper was being prepared last week.  He's looks well taken care of and we don't know where he comes from.  He just shows up occasionally around the same time and he's a very friendly cat.  People tend to let their cats hang outdoors, we have seen that a lot.  When we had cats, they were always kept inside, it's safer that way and they didn't seem to care.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

an old notice

seen on the shore walk.  When walking down by the water, you pass this gate.  I always liked this old notice.  Don't know if this was serious when it was first put up or it was a joke.


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

bird house

birds hangout here but they seem to be off somewhere when I went by this place.


Monday, December 4, 2017

tree lighting

the Christmas Tree's lights were turned on last night and even the rain couldn't stop it. :)





Saturday, December 2, 2017

small car

that I passed yesterday but have no idea of the make or model.  Kind of sporty, I think.


Friday, December 1, 2017

feeding time

the woman standing in the driveway was breaking up some bread and the birds were very interested in receiving it.  Not much going on here with the rainy weather.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

the christmas tree

is up in Market Square.  This year they added ornaments to the tree, last year it was just lights, it looks much better.  The lights will be turned this Sunday night, Dec. 3rd.





Wednesday, November 29, 2017

crazy weather day

Started out the day visiting the veg man down in the Square.  We were there about 10 minutes before it began to hail.  It was so loud hitting the awning I thought it was going to collapse.  It didn't.



After dropping our groceries, I headed out for a quick walk and was greeted by some sun.  You never know how long that will last. 


 I liked how the sun highlighted this stone wall.


the sky was getting dark again but the rain held off.  Crazy weather these days!


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

last night

at 10pm it started with freezing sleet and it was over by 11.  It's hard to believe we had sun in the afternoon for awhile. 


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Moville Drama Group

Presents - The 2 Loves of Gabriel Foley

Gabriel Foley is a middle-aged bachelor farmer, who lives with his elderly mother. He has been unlucky in love many times, much to his mother’s frustration. She thinks she’ll never get rid of him. Then he meets upmarket, Hazel Myers and joins the posh drama group in the nearby town in order to romance her.
He is unaware that Chrissie McCabe – a cheerful countrywoman, who comes in to help him and his mother – fancies him. By the time Chrissie makes her feelings known to Gabriel, he has already got Hazel’s attention. He and Chrissie decide to try going out together. He tries to let Hazel down gently, but Hazel is not a woman to give up easily.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

that time again

Saturday, the Christmas lights were going up around town.  On Dec 3rd, the lights will be turned on and Santa will be arriving by firetruck.  Market Square will be crowded.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

a new play area

for little kids is under construction and soon will be finished.  The local Men's Shed is right next store so I assume they are making it.  They make lots of things for the community.  When I see someone, I'll have to inquire about this project.  It's pretty cool for the kids to receive a play area like this.  They will surely enjoy it.



 I like this sitting bench made with pallets, it's pretty cool.


Cleanup area




Thursday, November 16, 2017

old railway station clock

the clock is located where the old train station once stood.   I took this photo last month when we visited Stranorlar.  Below is some info that I found in an old article of the Irish Times newspaper.

The first seconds of the new millennium in Co Donegal will be counted in on an old railway station clock, which has been restored and mounted in a specially-designed tower on the main street in Stranorlar.
The last train ever to pull into Stranorlar station arrived at 8.20 p.m. on December 31st, 1959, and the station clock has been held in storage for the past 40 years.
As a millennium project, a local development group teamed up with Donegal County Council to have the clock remounted on the main street.
A Dublin architect, Mr Martin Henchion, came up with the winning design for the new clock tower, a beacon-like stainless steel structure lighting up the surrounding area.

Info courtesy of the Irish Times


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

caution

I happened to walking past this gate and heard the bird crash in to the fence.   After a few minutes the poor stunned bird got up and flew off.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

the big fish

The Big Fish aka The Salmon of Knowledge is a printed ceramic mosaic sculpture by John Kindness. The 10-metre-long (33 ft) statue was constructed in 1999 and installed on Donegall Quay in Belfast, near the Lagan Lookout and Custom House.

The outer skin of the fish is a cladding of ceramic tiles decorated with texts and images relating to the history of Belfast. According to the Belfast City Council, each scale "tells a story about the city". Material from Tudor times to present day newspaper headlines are included along with contributions from Belfast school children.  The Ulster Museum provided the primary source of historic images, while local schools/day centres located along the line of the River Farset were approached to provide drawings for the fish. Images were provided by Glenwood Primary School, St Comgalls and Everton Day Centres.
The Big Fish contains a time capsule storing information, images, and poetry on the City.
Info courtesy of Wikipedia