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A day at Trinity College, Dublin

Trinity College 1

My journey to Ireland’s sacred landscapes wouldn’t be complete without visiting Trinity College in Dublin.  For what could be more sacred to a writer than walking the same path as once travelled by Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker (to name but two)?

I continued to be inspired and can’t wait to return.  Please visit my website to read my latest blog post.






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A collection of thoughts, lasting impressions, a gift to Ireland

These rocks these stones - trad night

One night, as we gathered for supper, Thorn asked us to choose a line from something we’d written that we felt best represented our personal journey to Ireland.  Something that spoke to us and that we would carry with us.

Each of us wrote our chosen line on a sheet of paper.  Thorn took the sheet back to her cabin and in the quiet hours of the night, combined those lines into a shared poem.

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These rocks these stones - the fox's den


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Carrowcrory Cottage – Part 2

Carrowcory Cottage - Claire

“In the midst

of that deep night

I was awoken by

the screeching fox

and the night

was so fragrant and silent

said I couldn’t bear

to let it pass in slumber”


“Symbolic” by Claire Roche


Claire’s music brought many of the Pilgrims to tears.  She sat there, unable to do much else.  This magical creature was so talented, yet so humble.

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Carrowcrory Cottage – part 1

“Welcome!  Welcome!”, he said.  His arms open wide, he gestured toward the cottage.  “Go on up. I’ll be right there.”

The Pilgrims gathered outside, taking photos and chatting quietly.  Soon, they were taken though and out to the back garden, where the tree labyrinth was waiting.

Carrowcory Cottage - the chair

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Sitting in complete darkness is but one aspect of the dance.

You will be cold.  Chilled to the bone.  Brought to the cusp of death, sat at the precipice, pushed to the edge.  You will have to make your way back.  Kicking and screaming, if need be.”

Morrigan's Cave

When my Pilgrimage brought me to Oweynagat Cave, I wasn’t certain what to expect.  Although I did not physically descend into the darkness, my experience was profound and I came away a changed person.

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Heapstown – Airmid’s Cairn

The thistle calls out to me

more of a scream than a whisper

you’ll never smell a sweeter blossom

you’ll never feel a more painful sting

Heapstown Cairn - the thistle

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Loughcrew part two – The Cairns

“It was just after 6 am when she found herself standing at the bottom of the stairs leading up to Loughcrew Cairns. She was well aware of the climb. About 2 kilometers from the spot where she was standing to the Cairns themselves. It was a steep ascent, but she was determined not to let it get the best of her.”
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