At the Edge of Ireland: Seasons on the Beara Peninsula by David Yeadon

By David Yeadon

In contemporary years, eire has loved a newfound prosperity as Europe's so much prosperous country. yet tucked away in a much nook of the so-called "Celtic Tiger," that different enduring and real country—that small, hidden position of straightforward magic and romance—still exists. Acclaimed go back and forth author David Yeadon and his spouse, Anne, got down to locate it.

On the Beara Peninsula of southwest eire, the Yeadons came upon their very own "little misplaced world," an attractive Brigadoon of hovering mountain levels and remarkable coastal surroundings, a ways faraway from the touristic hullabaloo of Dublin, Killarney, and the hoop of Kerry. here's the fabled "Old Ireland," alive and good with song seisuins, hooley dances, and seanachai storytellers—a haven for searchers, healers, artists, and poets hardy sufficient to have braved an analogous slender and winding mountain roads that hold the package-tour coaches out.

Bursting with colour and existence, At the sting of Ireland is an intrepid wanderer's social gathering of a paranormal, unspoiled, and unforgettable Éire.

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Utter transformation! “Well! Yessir! ” He smiled his best “at your ser vice” customer smile. “A pint o’ Guinness it is, then, and a fi ne choice, sir, if I and my colleagues here might say so. It’ll just take a couple o’ minutes. T’get the top right. ” “Yes, I know. ” “Well—are ya, now? I wouldna known that from what it was y’ were askin’ for a minute or two ago . . maybe y’were just havin’ a little confusion of the mind . ” And that’s when I should have left. But he was already pulling the pint and the black stuff was pouring in with its surges of infi nitesimally tiny brown bubbles and that creamy head building.

Patrick arrived in ad 432, they kind of merged their old Celtic and Druid pagan ways with the new Christianity coming over from Rome. ’Course by that time, there wasn’t much of Rome left. The barbarians were flooding in—including a few of the old Asian Celtic tribes, and you’d be right in thinkin’ where the heck was Jesus 30 + At t h e E d g e o f I r e l a n d when he was needed, especially as Constantine had made the Roman Empire Christian! Bit of a letdown there, I’m thinkin’. Anyway, so the Celts settled down nicely as Christians and built churches and monastaries despite what happened later on, they gave the Irish— us—a deep love of language and poetry and mysticism and music and all that good stuff .

Even if I can’t call up the necessary rigorous attention his plays need, I still sense fundamental truths, humor, and deep eternal perceptions floating by, tantalizingly just out of reach. Or certainly my reach, and certainty, or the lack of it, seems to be the elusive essence of many of his works. As one of the Waiting for Godot characters exclaims: “To have lived is not enough for them . . They have to talk about it . . ” Nevertheless, a Beckettian spirit was definitely flowing through downtown Dublin that Easter week (you could hardly escape posters and banners of his tumultuously wrinkled and time-worn face), characterized by sequences of bizarre non sequiturs.

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