Interesting Things in Ireland. October 6, 2013.

Went and visited some friends near Galway yesterday. I was thinking it would be nice to go take a look at the Burren, an unusual area of bare limestone rock in County Clare. Pat said it first, ‘I was wondering about going to the Burren!’ It was an exceptionally warm, sunny day. A great day […]

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Irish Nobel-laureate poet Seamus Heaney died a week ago and there was very interesting radio, newspaper and TV shows about him.  He was 74.  Somehow that does not sound so old now.  If you go to, there are a number of shows about him.  If you have not read any of his poetry, […]

8 18 2013

Wrote up a blog last Sunday, and posted it.  But not on my usual spot.  Will have to find it and try to move the blasted thing.  (I just copied it onto this location.)  Learning a new program, Word Press, is not exactly the fun part.  Talking to friends is the fun part. Last Sunday […]

Written 8/10/13

August 3-5 was a Bank Holiday Weekend, Monday was a national holiday. Becky and I did a number of things. A Country Fair in Borris- some of the highlights for me were the falconry show.  There were a number of falcons, owls and hawks on display, plus some flying demonstrations. There was also a Cossack […]

Holiday and start work

July 14, 2013.  Wow, a lot has happened in the past 2-3 weeks.  Sorry, I have been too busy living to communicate with you. When we last met, Becky and I had just arrived in Carlow and were shopping for a place to live.  We saw the ugly, the bad, then the good.  It took […]

Carlow, shop for digs

  Fri 6/21/13 Arrived Thurs morning in Dublin.  Half hour wait in the line to get thru immigration, they needed the letters that I had to allow me to stay:  I must check in with the Garda in the next month or so to allow me to stay longer than 3 months.  I think they […]

They tell me this is the ‘back story’

 I successfully applied for a sabbatical study leave in Ireland.  The plan is for me to be there from late June, 2013 to Dec 16.  I will be studying with Teagasc (say CHAW- gusk), Ireland’s Food and Development Authority.  Kind of like the Land Grant Universities in the US, but somewhat different. My plan is […]