Category Archives: Ireland

17 March 2020

Soundtrack for the day; not really an exercise playlist.
Song for Ireland – Mary Black
God Save Ireland – Barleycorn
Thousands Are Sailing – The Pogues
Weep Not for the Memories – Seamus Egan
On Raglan Road – Sinead O’Connor
The People Have Spoken – Tommy Sands
Daughters & Sons – The Sands Family
Zombie – The Cranberries
Soldier’s Song – The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
Against the Wind – Maire Brennan
Give Me Your Hand – The Wolfe Tones
Among the Wicklow Hills – Christy Moore
Breatnaigh Abu – Maire Breatnach
The Minstrel Boy – James Galway
Famine Theme – The Irish Film Orchestra
A Nation Once Again – Paddy Reilly
As I Roved Out – Planxty
Star of the County Down – Van Morrison & the Chieftains
Paddy’s Lament – Flogging Molly
Fire of Freedom – Black 47
The Rocky Road to Dublin – The Chieftains & The Rolling Stone
Breathless – The Corrs
Whiskey in the Jar – Thin Lizzy
Only Time – Enya
How Can I Keep from Singing – Celtic Woman
Peace on Earth – U2
My Heart’s Tonight in Ireland
The Parting Glass – The Dubliners

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Purple flowers, guest collection #100


14 July 2019
Blarney Castle, Ireland
photo by Nancy Eng MacNeill

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The Until We Meet Again Tour – 2 September 2016

The Until We Meet Again Tour, featuring Eric as a guest artist, visited Battery Park. However, our gig at the Irish Hunger Memorial was cancelled due to construction.


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The color of the day is green

IMG_1708Friday Prince. Today Ireland.

Friday purple.Today green.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising of Irish men and women against the occupation and oppression of England. More civilians were killed during the rising than were combatants on both sides. Guerrilla warfare followed that resulted in England leaving Ireland. The agreement to end that war partitioned the country: 26 counties became the Irish Free State; 6 counties in the north remained part of the United Kingdom. Civil war ensued but did not change that configuration. The Troubles convulsed Northern Ireland; progress has been made toward peace, the journey is not complete.

In remembrance and prayer, green was today’s color.

Note April 24 also marks the day the Armenian genocide began in 2015.

See you along the Trail.

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Irish Hunger Memorial

Irish Hunger Memorial (800x533)

13 April 2015
Irish Hunger Memorial
Manhattan, New York

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17 March – each year, every year

I speak for no others,
only for myself.
For me, this day has
nothing to do with
green beer or
green rivers or
green clothing,
this day has nothing to do with
pinching me or kissing me;
my bad jokes aside,
this day has nothing to do even with Jameson.
Today is a day
to remember oppression
to honor resistance
to recognize that, despite the efforts of
systems of race and racialization
to separate us,
struggles for dignity and justice,
freedom and equality,
human rights and humanity
are inseparably linked:
none of us are free until all of us are free.
for that reason, in that spirit, and in my own fashion,
I mark this day, and each 17th of March.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Fitzgerald, from County Cork, on my mother’s side.

See you along the Trail!

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Tommy Sands at Christmas

Many years friends ask about favorite Christmas songs.
I name two every year.
Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon
The Rebel Jesus by Jackson Browne
This year I add, Like the First Time It’s Christmas Time by Northern Ireland’s Tommy Sands.
It is another song that speaks of the hope and possibility and peace of the season.
See you along the Trail.

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