Life, lost and found

Maméan: ‘Pass of the Birds’. Early this morning. Scrambling up a mountain, looking down on Loch an Dá Éan (‘Lake of the Two Birds) or Loch an Tairbh (‘the Bull’s Lake’) depending on the local folklore. I don’t know any folklore about the two birds, but the bull is the beautiful magical bull of Crow [...]

2018-11-18T13:17:29+00:00November 18th, 2018|Article|3 Comments

Siar amach, siar go Conamara*

* Away to the west, back to Connemara It is strange to be going south to the place of my belonging. I have always believed that belonging, for me, is a north-westerly phenomenon; now I find that actually, my internal compass points largely west. North may be a secondary component, but it is strange, nevertheless, [...]

2018-11-18T14:57:45+00:00December 16th, 2016|Article|27 Comments

The Place of Belonging

A few years ago now, The Place of Belonging was the title of a book I was going to write. I never did; instead, I wrote If Women Rose Rooted, and some of what I’d intended to say about place and belonging went into that book, and some will go into The Enchanted Life, the [...]

2016-12-03T13:41:04+00:00December 3rd, 2016|Article|37 Comments