This blog is about life in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland.
It will also feature poems and my general observations and comments about history, politics, religion, world events – whatever I feel moved to write on.
I moved to Lisdoonvarna, the only spa town in Ireland, in early October 2017, and have been settling in with my wife Jane; and with Roxy, our 6 year old Border Terrier.
Lisdoonvarna is just 6 miles from the North Atlantic Ocean in North West Clare; a lovely little town that hosts an annual Matchmaking Festival. Lisdoonvarna is also the gateway to the Burren, an area with many prehistoric sites, Celtic high crosses, rare wild flowers, limestone pavements, and enormous skies…
Doolin Harbour at four o’clock in late November
A warm sea mist lies low on the surge
Like a mother cat feeding her white-tipped young
Grey roiling tide licks and curl and spits
Against black rocks born in ancient seas
Now scattered by a giant paw on Doolin’s shores.
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Lisdoonvarna Town Square
Road to Fanore Beach on the Wild Atlantic Way