While Newgrange understandably draws thousands of tourists from Dublin, I would highly recommend a one-day circuit that many visitors might not have heard too much about.
For a great mix of archaeology, history, scenic beauty and a little bit of magic too, I would suggest heading to Trim, to see the castle and take the wonderfully presented river walk; onward to Fore, a real hidden gem in the Irish countryside; come back via Loughcrew, and if there's still light in the day, have a stroll up the Hill of Tara.
Cairns at Sliabh na Caillí (Loughcrew)
was weather that carried the Cailleach onto the hills,
swirl of graphite anger from above the plains of Westmeath.
over the summit of Carnbane West, she opened her apron to the earth
all about resounded to the tumbling of tipped boulders;
again at Carnbane East and Sliabh Rua too. At the fourth hill,
turned a moment towards me, and as her glance flashed she slipped.
saw brilliant trails from the whites of her eyes as she plummeted;
instant she hit earth, her body was a smouldering oak.
If political systems weren't, somehow, above the law; there would be a lot of politicians completing their circles in prison yards.
Noam Chomsky explains clearly how the U.S. breaks its own laws openly and repeatedly; and, well, a lot of people die. It's the old story, if you commit crimes on a large enough scale, there's no sanction.
So here we are. “The richest one percent of the world’s
population now controls 48.2 percent of global wealth, up from 46 percent last
year, according to the most recent global wealth report issued by Credit
Suisse, the Swiss-based financial services company.” Apparently, if this level
of growth continues the 1% will own all the wealth in 23 years.
So here we are, with our burgeoning knowledge and education,
declarations of human rights, constitutions, our politicians working assiduously,
day and night, for the common good. This, along with walking on the moon and
splitting the atom, is our achievement.
How extraordinary it is that we have underachieved to such a
Listening to an interview on radio today, I was highly
impressed with Linda Tirado’s clear-sighted analysis of
the United States’ treatment of its poor (an analysis that applies universally, I would
direct experience of what she’s talking about, she cut quickly through shit to
the reality, and with deft articulateness swept away common perceptions of the
comfortable middle-classes (myself included). There was nothing new in what she
said, but her clarity made me stop; I will have to reassess my own perceptions of
those poorer than myself, and it is well past time for governments to intercede
for the impossible situations the impoverished find themselves in.
This Banksy mural was in the news this week after the local council at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex had it removed because of “offensive and racist remarks”.
(Report found on www.theguardian.com ).
If I was Banksy I would be bewildered; obviously any satirical comment not spelled out, (literally), needs accompanying notes.
My grandmother and I were the best of friends. However when her final illness dragged on, I, a student at the time, didn't have the time to spend with her. I think it's not unusual for young people at that age to be too self-centred, but that selfishness has rankled ever since.
I clearly remember the politicians stating that speed cameras would be located at accident-prone locations on the roads; their function being to minimise fatalities due to road accidents. I often pass one of these vans parked at a location where there is no obvious purpose other than making money.
How long will it be before Irish Water is putting profit before its raison d'etre of preventing wastage of water?