Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Some of the language used in this article was representative of the time and does not reflect modern terminology.
Top Image: I apologise to the person who painted this as I have forgotten their name. However, if they get in touch with me I would be extremely grateful as I believe it perfectly represents depression, and I would be delighted to put their name to their painting.
Bottom Image: Castlebar District Lunatic Asylum County Mayo. It is now the home of G.M.I.T. College. I have just finished my degrees there. However, I never came across anything unusual (not related to the otherworld anyway). I'm not going to mention some of the oddities walking the corridors today.
Friday, June 1, 2012
A couple of days passed and the people of the mainland noticed that the light had gone out and realising something was wrong they went to the local landlord, he ordered that on the first calm day a boat should be sent to the island to find out why O’Malley was failing to carry out his duties. As they approached the island they saw his partly decomposed body swinging in the wind, inside they found his wife lay where he had killed her.
The Lighthouse is no longer in use, it is now a bird sanctuary and tourists are taken over to the island by arrangement with tour guides on the mainland. It is said that on quiet nights when the winds are silent if you listen carefully you can hear the sound of a tin whistle playing a soulful tune, or could it just be the sound of far off sea birds? I’ll let you decide.
My exams are now complete and I await the results sometime around the 17th June. Thank you for your good wishes.
Tadgh was a wealthy man by today’s standards and he owned land and property throughout Sligo and Mayo that amounted to hundreds of acres and he enjoyed a very comfortable lifestyle. As a poet of note he was welcomed in all the great houses of Ireland where he spent many weeks being wined and dined by his hosts. It was the custom in ancient Ireland for the poets to compose poems that spoke of the hospitality and nobility of the nobility, these poems could make or break the reputation of the ruling chieftains so poets were treated extremely well. The treatment of the bard would then be reflected in what he wrote and the reputation of the chieftain would be enhanced in the eyes of all through the public reading of the poetry or verse. This made Tadgh an extremely powerful man in the Ireland of his day in much the same way as a highly influential journalist would be considered in the Ireland of today.
However, Tadgh was also said to have a sharp tongue and the gift of satire and it was this that cost him his life. Tadgh was murdered in Banada at Corpus Christi Friary on a Sunday afternoon in 1591. Tadgh visited Cormac O’Hara of the O’Hara Bui (yellow); he received such a welcome and was treated so well that he wrote a poem that praised the O’Hara Bui to the highest. The poem became the talk of Connacht and made the O’Hara Bui famous for their prowess in battle, their lineage and genealogy and their magnificent hospitality.
In Connacht there was another branch of the O’Hara. They were known as O’Hara Rua (Red) and when they heard of this they were extremely displeased. They were already in contention with O’Huigínn regarding the title to some land and this insult to their line just heightened their intense dislike of him and they decided to seek retribution. One night, when Tadgh was away on his travels the O’Hara Rua decided to pay a visit to his house. Six of the O’Hara Rua broke in and stole food and drink before leaving. Tadgh was to return and found his house in a mess that he had to clean up. This led to great animosity between the O’Hara Rua and the O’Huigínn and the greatest fear the O’Hara Rua had was that O’Huigínn would write a poem ridiculing them for the actions of the six. In a time when there were no televisions or newspapers the poetry of the bard’s was eagerly awaited by the people and a few well written lines could make you either a hero or a laughing stock and the O’Hara Rua knew that their reputation could be ruined by O’Huigínn.