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=== News Snaps from Ireland
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=== Whispers by Pat Watson
=== The Easter Rising, 1916
=== Giant Leabaigh's Rock by Pat Watson
=== Gaelic Phrases of the Month
=== Irish Clan Associations Noticeboard
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NEWS SNAPS FROM IRELAND
ROAD DEATHS CAMPAIGN FOCUSES ON NON-NATIONALS
The increase in non-nationals working in the
Irish economy has had an adverse effect on the
road traffic accident statistics.
Despite representing only 9% of the workforce
deaths of non-nationals represents 25% of the
total number who have lost their lives on Irish
roads in 2006. Many of these were uninsured,
untaxed and possibly unlicensed. A recent
drink-driving blitz by Gardai revealed that a
third of those arrested over a particular weekend
New laws have been announced that will make it
compulsory for motor-cycle drivers to undergo
training, thus removing the ridiculous situation
whereby any untrained 16-year old could buy a
motor-cycle and take it out onto the road
without any training whatsoever.
The laws for 'provisional' driving licence holders
is to be changed also. The current situation
allows for drivers to drive their car while
waiting for a driving test when they can become
fully licensed. Some Irish drivers continue to
hold a 'provisional' driving licence for decades,
never having passed the driving test. The new law
will prevent the 'failed' driver from leaving the
test centre in their car and will make it illegal
for them to drive while unlicensed.
DEBATE ON NUCLEAR ENERGY IN IRELAND HEATS UP
The recent focus on high oil prices has prompted
the debate on nuclear energy to be revisited. The
island nature of the Irish economy has meant that
energy prices are even higher in Ireland than in
other EU economies. Some commentators have
suggested that nuclear energy is the only viable
medium-term solution, especially while alternative
energy supplies continue to be either too
expensive or low-yielding. Irish Taoiseach Bertie
Ahearn has ruled out any immediate investment in
GROCERIES ORDER ABOLISHED
The controversial Groceries Order has been
abolished. This law forbade the selling of grocery
items at below-cost prices as it was seen to give
an advantage to larger supermarkets who could
purchase in bulk. While this helped out smaller
retailers it did little to help put consumers who
could not benefit from the buying power of the
larger shops. it has been estimated that the
lifting of the ban could save as much as EURO 100
per month on the household shopping bill. Irish
grocery prices continue to be among the highest
IRISH INCOME TAX AMONG WORLDS LOWEST
A report by the Organisation for Economic
Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has stated
that Ireland has one of the lowest rates of
income tax in the developed world. Only 8% of
gross earnings of a one-income family with 2
children is taxed, when state benefits are
added back. Critics of the Irish taxation
regime point out that the exorbitant 21% value
added tax (sales tax) on most goods more than
makes up for the relatively benign income tax
regime. Unmarried workers earning the average
industrial wage face income taxation of 26%.
IRISH HOUSE PRICES CONTINUE TO DEFY EXPECTATIONS
The Irish property market continues to appreciate
at record levels. A slowdown in the rate of
growth in the last part of 2005 has been shaken
off as the market for new and second-hand houses
continues to boom. The average price of a
second-hand house in Dublin increased by
EURO 40,000 in the first 3 months of 2006 - a 10.4%
increase! Some real estate estimates put the
annual increase of Dublin houses at 25% in the
12 months up to March 2006.
Recent interest rate hikes by the European Central
bank have had little effect on the Irish market
where demand continues to exceed supply. Some
banks are now offering 40-year and 'interest-only'
IRISH DOCTORS UNDER FIRE
The problems of over-crowding in Irish accident
and emergency wards continues unabated. The
Irish Health Minister Mary Harney has criticised
local doctors for failing to provide out-of hours
service. Most Irish General Practioneers close
their surgeries at 5pm, Monday to Friday. This
has resulted in patients turning to Public
Hospitals as their preferred local doctor is
unavailable, claimed the Minister.
ICE CREAM MANUFACTURER APOLOGIES
Ice-cream manufacturer 'Ben & Jerrys' has issued
an apology for the insensitive naming of a recent
flavour of their ice cream. The 'Black & Tan'
flavour is thus far only available in the US and
is based on the drink of the same name. The Black
and Tans were a notorious and vicious British
militia employed during the 1919-1921 Irish war of
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WHISPERS BY PAT WATSON
Having just qualified as a national teacher, Jimmy
applied for a number of jobs, permanent and
temporary. In the nineteen thirties jobs were
scarce and all he got was a temporary post in a
two-teacher country school. The Master, who was
also the principle, had got a heart attack. The
aging female assistant taught the infant classes
so he took third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes,
six to thirteen-year-olds. The mixed school
worried him a bit as he had only ever attended
all boys schools.
The management board, which consisted of the
Old Parish Priest, assured him that good digs
had been booked for him adjacent to the school.
On the Sunday evening, having taken himself, his
luggage and his bicycle off the Dublin train at
Athlone, he cycled the ten miles to Coolmore
parochial house that was beside the school.
'Just a mile up the byroad there,' the Parish
Priest said after he showed him the school. The
Widow Malone's house is the one with the slated
room. The poor woman's husband died last year
and she needs the money and of course she has
the slated room. At that time whenever a legacy
came from America people who lived in thatched
houses would build a two-story-slated room on
to the end of the house.
Having cycled for a few miles he arrived for the
evening meal. The widow, a buxom woman in her
forties introduced him to her seven daughters,
all striking redheads ranging in ages from nine
to nineteen. Starting with the youngest she gave
their names as, Mary, Third Class, Meabh, Fourth
Class, Mina, Fifth Class, Maureen, Sixth Class,
Nance, Delia and Lorna who worked in the local
pub. She had auburn hair, huge brown eyes and
the most dazzling smile he had ever seen.
Where were they all going to sleep? Not to worry,
Upstairs in the slated room was his. It was en
suite, that is, it had a wooden washstand,
complete with basin, ewer full of water and
waste bucket. The privy was out behind the
cowshed. As well as underwear she would wash
three shirts and seven collars weekly for him.
Shirt collars were held on with studs in those
days. Jimmy had grown up in Dublin with all
modern conveniences, electricity, running water
and proper bathroom. He and his younger brother
had their own rooms. He had been thrown in at
the deep end a week before his twenty-first
School went grand even though he had four children
with whom he lived. As they sat down for the
evening meal, Mary announced that the turkey was
lying. From the glances that ran round the table
he felt he should say something.
'Is she sick?' Peels of laughter followed. He
felt his face redden.
'Stud' said Delia from under the laughter.
'Did she swallow a stud'?
This time the laughter went totally out of
'Is that how they do it in Dublin?' followed by
'Leave the poor man alone,' said the widow.
'He's from Dublin and doesn't understand those
At this time every rural village had a strong
farmers wife who held a turkey cock at stud.
Noticing his extreme embarrassment, Lorna tried
to smother the laughter. For five years now she
had been ogled by beer swilling, bar stool
boors, none of whom enhanced her view of men.
Now she had her very own tall, tame, tanned,
teetotal teacher living in her house, she was
not about to let him escape. She was sure she
would have the support of her mother and sisters,
except perhaps, Nance and Delia who might fancy
their own chances. She would ask her mothers
'Take him to the whispering arch at Seven
Churches' her mother said but 'Don't tell him
anything about it, just start a little whispering
and take it from there.' Seven Churches was the
local name for Clonmacnoise.
In the fifteenth century Dean Odo Malone of
Clonmacnoise commissioned a great sculptor to
carve and fit a new stone door surround on the
north side of the cathedral. Into this surround
he cut several half pipes going right over the
top and down both sides. If words are whispered
into one of those half pipes on one side, a
listener with an ear to the other side can pick
up the whisper clearly. However a voice will not
carry in the pipes. The speaker has to face the
wall but the listener has a rear view of the
whisperer. A conversation between a young couple
is much more romantic when whispered through
ancient stone pipes even if one party didn't
realise that the chat was meant to be romantic
in the first place.
They would cycle there after school. He always
wanted to visit Saint Kieran's holy city.
The ruins of the cathedral that was burned down
by the British hundreds of years ago stand in the
middle of a walled graveyard. There are the
various superstitions that have grown since.
That's why the mother advised the special visit.
When he had climbed to the four steps to the top
of the stile he turned and took her outstretched
hand to help her up. As there was very little
space on the top step and she was afraid of
heights he had to hold on to her as he helped her
down. She giggled and he blushed. As the ground
was uneven across the graves they had to hold
hands for balance. There was nobody about only
old Mary Martin down in the new graveyard tending
her husband's grave. By the time they reached the
doorway Lorna thought she had a midge in her eye.
While bending over her upturned face he thought
he removed it with his handkerchief. Again she
giggled and again he blushed.
Jimmy was enthralled by the complete round tower
and even more so by the incomplete round tower.
'Why is it incomplete' he asked.
'Put your ear to the wall and you'll hear what
When he did he heard her whispered reply,
'A lovers tiff, when his lover jilted him for the
builder he climbed up and started knocking the
tower. All efforts to stop him failed until the
lover promised to come back to him but then the
builder refused to repair the damage and so it
remains to this day.'
'Is this true?'
'Many people round Seven Churches think so.'
'Do you believe it?'
'It's a good romantic story and I love romance.'
'Have you much experience?'
'Very little, where would it come from in a
place like this, but sure we live in hope, what
'Totally lacking experience but now that I'm
working I might make up for lost time.' Every
time he turned his head to listen and watch, she
became more desirable. Little did he know that
her mind was made up since Sunday evening when
first she set eyes on him? Then again, hadn't
he been completely bowled over by her beauty
from the start?
That was how their conversation continued over
the next half hour, each whispering their piece
to the wall then watching the back of the others
head while listening to the reply.
They didn't notice old Mary approaching from
'It's grand to see young lovers using the arch',
'Fifty seven years ago my Paddy whispered his
proposal and I whispered my yes. Fifty seven
years of love and contentment we've had, thank
you Dean Odo' she said looking up at the arch.
'How long is he dead now?'
'He went with the daffodils, he's making a straw
sugan chair for me in heaven, he'll have it ready
for me for Christmas.' She then turned to Jimmy,
placed a bony hand on his arm and with the
slanting September sun from Connaught shining on
her face, she looked him straight in the eye and
'This is the most important day in your life,
don't let it slip away.' This time they both
blushed. After she left Jimmy found himself saying
to the stone, 'Give me a kiss!' as he turned to
seek reaction instead of answering she was smiling
up at him in gorgeous, glowing, glorious
Before she rounded the corner of the cathedral
old Mary looked back at the embracing couple,
smiled a wrinkly smile, turned and shuffled off
'Whispers' is one of sixty lyrical yarns from
'Original Irish Stories' by Pat Watson,
Creagh, Bealnamulla, Athlone, Ireland.
First published in March 2006.
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THE EASTER RISING IN IRELAND, 1916
1. Background to the Rising
The Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB)
The Manchester Martyrs
Clan na Gael
The Gaelic League and the G.A.A.
The Great War 1914-18
Plans for the rising
2. The insurrection
The Proclamation of Independence
3. Effects of the rebellion
1. BACKGROUND TO THE RISING
THE IRISH REPUBLICAN BROTHERHOOD (IRB)
One of the main and lasting effects of the Great
Famine of 1845-47 was emigration. The 'Coffin
Ships' carried tens of thousands of the poorest
Irish people who fled Ireland to avoid starvation.
They created a new Irish nation within America
whilst remembering the injustice of the English
occupation of their homeland as well as harboring
a deeply felt hatred of landlords and evictions.
A Clann na Gael source estimated that there were
over one and one half million people of Irish
birth in America towards the end of the nineteenth
century. These people supported the republican
cause by giving money, weapons and, significantly,
a propaganda machine which has continued to this
The Irish Republican Brotherhood was formed in
a Dublin timber-yard on Saint Patricks Day in
1858. James Stephans was assisted by Thomas Clarke
Luby, James Denieefe, Garret O'Shaugheynessy and
Joe Denieefe brought financial support back from
America. He had left Ireland after the Ballingarry
defeat in 1848. James Stephens, Michael Doheny
and John O'Mahony fought in Ballingarry in 1848.
Stephens was injured but still manage to escape
to Paris where he familiarised himself with the
revolutionary tactics of that country. He came
back to Ireland to try to establish an underground
organisation to remove the English from Ireland.
Denieefe and Luby traveled the country extensively
and organised military groups called 'circles'.
They formed oathbound secret societies of loyal
patriots. Popular opinion did not support the
revolutionary ideals of the IRB nor did the Church
whop were strongly opposed. The mainstream support
came from the poorer classes who, despite their
poverty, were often highly idealistic.
At the time of the 1867 rising the membership of
the IRB was estimated at over 80,000.
Informers such as Corydon and Magle did untold
damage to the IRB by betraying their oath and
giving information to the English.
The Fenian movement split in America in 1865.
John O'Mahony took over from the Stephans.
O'Mahony was later himself to be deposed when his
hesitation in calling an insurrection dissatisfied
the soldiers he commanded (many of whom were
veterans of the American Civil War). Colonel Thomas
J. Kelly, was appointed Chief of Staff of the IRB
in 1867 and departed for Ireland.
A rising was planned for February 1867. Chester
Castle in England was to be attacked and
simultaneous raids in Ireland were to be carried
out. The English knew in advance however as
Corydon kept them informed.
The news had not filtered through to the Fenians
in Ireland and sporadic battles took place in
Kerry and Dublin.
THE MANCHESTER MARTYRS
The IRB was reorganised in Manchester in July of
1867 and a supreme council elected. Colonel Kelly
and Jim Deasy were captured by the English and
then rescued by the Fenians in a daring raid in
which a police officer was killed. Allen, Larkin
and O'Brien were hanged for their complicity in
the events and they became known as
'The Manchester Martyrs'.
The mass funerals that followed together with
the later formation of the Land League focused
the minds of the popular masses on the injustice
of English rule in Ireland.
CLAN NA GAEL
The IRB delegates in Manchester broke away from
the feuding factions of Fenianism in America and
supported Clan na Gael who were founded there in
June of 1867. The objectives of Clann na Gael was
to secure an independent Ireland and to assist
the IRB in achieving this aim. John Devoy was the
mainstay behind the Clan.
Devoy became involved in the 'New Departure' and
assisted Davitt and Parnell in their fight against
the landlords. Independence remained his main aim
however as he felt that the Land League was not
militant enough to remove the landlords. Devoy,
assisted by Doctor Pat McCartan, founded
a newspaper, 'The Gaelic American’'.
Doctor Pat McCartan transferred from Clan na Gael
to the newly formed 'Dungannon Clubs', a
separatist organisation which was denounced by
Tom Clarke became a member of the Supreme Council
of the IRB in 1909 and helped form the
revolutionary paper 'Irish Freedom'. He became the
link with Clan na Gael in America.
In 1912 the IRB sent Sean MacDiarmada as a delegate
to the Clan convention and he succeeded in securing
the enormous sum of $20,000 for the IRB at home.
In November 1913 the Irish Volunteers were formed
in Dublin and 4,000 enrolled on that first night.
In 1914 Padraig Pearse went to America to raise
funds to save his Gaelic school, St. Enda's. This
he achieved and then turned his attention to
On his return from America he sought 1,000 rifles
from McGarrity. He as assisted by Sean
Mac Diarmada, Eamonn Ceannt and Sean Fitzgibbon.
Pearse was convinced that the revolutionary force
in Ireland had never been better organised
or equipped. His speech in 1914 reflected this:-
'In Dublin, we have some 2,500 admirably
disciplined, drilled, intelligent, and partly armed
men. Nationalist Ireland has never before had such
an asset. Our main strength is in Dublin, but large
minorities support us everywhere, especially in the
towns and in the extreme South and West. We expect
to have 150 companies, representing 10,000 to
15,000 men, represented by delegates at next
THE GAELIC LEAGUE AND THE GAA
The IRB were influential in many cultural and
national organisations. Most of the leaders like
Pearse, Plunket and McDonagh were fluent Irish
speakers and were members of the Gaelic League.
The Gaelic Athletic Association (the GAA) was
formed by Cusack in November 1884.
THE GREAT WAR 1914-18
At the outbreak of the first world war, Redmond
urged the Irish Volunteers to join in the fight
against the oppressors of small nations. 170,000
of the Volunteers supported Redmond whilst
11,000 supported Pearse.
Tom Clarke urged the Supreme Council of the IRB
that a rising must happen before the end of the
war, especially as the Irish Home Rule bill had
been suspended at the outbreak of the war.
Pearse, Plunket and Ceannt drafted the first
Prior to the rising and thanks to Hobson, Casement
and Childers, guns were landed at Howth and
Wicklow. Casement went to Germany where he
published the Irish cause in German newspapers.
His efforts to secure weapons were dealt a severe
blow when he and the weapons they were attempting
to smuggle into the country were captured on
Casement, an English subject, was eventually
convicted of treason and hanged.
PLANS FOR THE RISING
Thomas Clarke was the main instigator of the
rising, supported by Pearse, Sean Mac Diarmada,
Eamonn Ceant and Sean T. O'Ceallaigh who went to
America for further assistance. Thomas McDonagh,
Joseph Plunket and James Connolly. were later
brought on to the Supreme Council.
James Connolly used his paper 'The Workers'
Republic' to call for an armed revolt. He used
the Citizens Army to protect the paper.
The Irish Volunteers were holding recruiting
meetings throughout Ireland and training
enthusiastically. They awaited the signal to act
as the rising had been set for Easter Saturday,
22nd of April, 1916.
Setbacks to the plan included the capture of
Casement and the weapons, the capture of Austin
Stack, commandant of the Kerry Brigade and the
discovery of the plans for an uprising following
a raid on German officials in New York.
The Supreme Council decided unanimously decided
to proceed with the uprising despite the fact
that they knew it had little chance of success. It
was decided to strike on Easter Monday. In spite
of the order from McNeill not to revolt, over
2,000 soldiers made a strike for freedom.
2. THE INSURRECTION
On Easter Monday, 24th April, 1916 the GPO was
occupied by the revolutionary forces. Pearse read
the Proclamation of the Republic to a bemused
The Volunteers seized and fortified six positions
in Dublin city: the GPO, the Four Courts, Boland's
Mill, St. Stephen's Green, Jacobs Factory and the
South Dublin Union. Attempts to seize Dublin Castle
and Trinity College failed. This latter failure
severely restricted the Volunteers mans of
communicating with each other.
The failure of the country to rise made it
impossible to prevent the arrival of English
reinforcements. By Wednesday the revolutionaries
were outnumbered by 20 to 1. The English secured a
cordon about the city and closed in. They
concentrated their attack on the GPO whilst none
of the other strongholds came under the same sort
of concentrated bombardment.
A gun-ship, the Helga, arrived in Dublin and
field-guns were mounted on Trinity College. The
effect of the continuous shelling of O'Connell
Street virtually destroyed it and the surrounding
areas. By Friday the GPO was engulfed in flames and
Pearse gave the order to surrender. 450 people were
dead, many of whom were civilians, with over 2500
wounded. The city was in ruins with the damage
estimated at a massive 2 Million pounds.
Over 3,500 people were subsequently arrested
country-wide (including DeValera and Collins),
although 1,500 were freed after questioning.
1,841 of these were interned without trial in
England, and 171 were tried by secret court
martial resulting in 170 convictions. 90 were
sentenced to death but 75 of these sentences were
commuted to life imprisonment. The seven
signatories of the proclamation of independence
(Pearse, Connolly, Clarke, MacDonagh, MacDermott,
Plunkett, and Ceannt) were all executed to the
outrage of the Irish public who had now begun to
revise their opinion of the insurgents to that of
a heroic nature.
3. EFFECTS OF THE REBELLION
The rising was critical in terms of the overall
fight for an Irish Republic.
For the first time the masses of the country
wanted an end to English rule. Nationalism swept
the country especially as the details of the secret
executions became known.
National attention was brought to the Irish cause
and to the oppressive ways in which the English
ruled the country.
These realisations were in all probability the
main aim of the insurgents. The War of Independence
which followed in 1919, the subsequent Civil
War and the formation of the Irish Free State and
the declaration by Costello of an Irish Republic
can all be traced back to the events of Easter
GIANT LEABAIGH'S ROCK by Pat Watson
Some three miles west of Athlone, in the towns
land of Meehanbee, in the parish of Drum, stands
Giant Leabaigh's rock. That is what the locals
called it. It is actually a huge dolmen. The
great top stone that was meant to stand on six
uprights is estimated to weigh twenty-four tons.
However it's great weight sunk some of the
standing stones. As one end sunk the other end
tilted up leaving two of the standing stones
free of the top stone. The top stone now leans
at a forty-five-degree angle.
Legendry 'Piseogs' superstition says that any
interference with the monument will bring bad
luck. The origin of this superstition is unclear
but there are a number of possibilities. It may
have carried down from very ancient times.
However just fifty yards from the rock we find
a half made headstone with the name Reilly or
Kelly engraved thereon. It appears that some
stonemason may have taken one of the uprights to
fashion this stone and as he did not complete the
job he may have come to an untimely end. This
could have started the superstition. Another
remarkable thing about this dolmen is that it was
lost to historians for hundreds of years. Perhaps
people stopped talking about it after some
unfortunate happening. It was only found to
historians again about 1960 when this writer
showed it to Billy English, a noted Athlone
Local legend also has it that somewhere near
this dolmen a poor farmer was digging in his
field when the tip of his spade hit a rock. When
he hit the rock again three feet farther on he
hoped it might be the same rock as long flat
rocks were very useful for building chimneys. He
was delighted to find that it was the same rock
and after a lot of digging and scraping he found
that the rock was ten feet long and ten feet wide
and that the top of it was perfectly flat. Better
still there was writing on it. Could it be a cover
for buried treasure? Did the giant bury it?
He now had a dilemma, as he could not read. His
wife could read but she was a gabby-gut who
couldn't keep anything to herself and they were
related to half the parish, all poor tenants
like themselves who would expect to share in any
good fortune. Then of course there was the
landlord who, if he heard about it would just
take the lot. He would have to trust the wife.
Maybe if he brought her here he could keep her
here until he lifted the stone and in that way
she could not tell anyone. That night when they
had their ten children put to bed he told her.
'Come with me now' he said 'and bring the lantern
and we will see what the writing says.'
The first line read, 'Bfheidir go bhfuil an T-adh
leat?' 'Perhaps the luck is with you?' The second
line read, 'Ardaigh suas me agus feicfidh tu nios
mo.' 'Raise me up and you will see more.' This was
very exciting information. They were sure it meant
treasure. They would be rich. They would never
again have to scrape and save and cow-tow to the
He decided to dig down beside the stone to find
how thick it was. It was two feet thick. It would
take several men to move it. They would have to
share the treasure, but with whom? Just then their
two oldest children arrived in their shimmies, Peg,
thirteen and Padraig, twelve. The next six
children followed them closely. The youngest two
could not yet walk. Within a short time all ninety
of the villagers had arrived. They all helped in
the digging and soon they had the rock standing on
its end. Two things became apparent: first, from a
hole in the middle of the flat surface beneath the
rock a little wisp of smoke emerged. Secondly,
there was writing on the under side of the stone.
In illuminated letters that were read out by the
wife, 'Lig anuas me mar a bhi me.' 'Put me down
as I was before.' There was silence for a few
seconds before panic gripped the woman and she
said, 'On a count of three drop the rock' It fell
with a great thud just as a wisp of smoke escaped
at the side. Aaahhhh! came a great unearthly
blood-curling scream of pain as if somebody had
their arm cut off. As the echoes from this scream
died away terror gripped the crowd and all rushed
to put the clay back on top of the rock with
spades, shovels, sticks, feet or bare hands.
Within ten minutes the clay was replaced so well
that it looked exactly the same as the rest of the
field. 'Let no one ever speak of this night,' said
the oldest man in the village and they all slunk
home petrified even to speak.
Shortly after this the famine halved their number
and those who survived never again mentioned
'the' night. By the eighteen sixties people had
again started to whisper about 'the' night but by
then nobody could agree exactly where the field
was or even on whose land it was. As the field
was thought to be cursed everybody said it was on
other peoples land. However it was definitely near
Leabaigh's rock. About this time there was a long
five-acre-field known as 'The Gort Mor', 'The Big
Tillage Field'. It was owned by Naghteens and
leased in seven stripes to separate tenants. Maybe
that was the field? Or maybe not? Or if it was on
whose section was the stone? Now in 2005 the new
motorway to Galway will be passing within a few
hundred yards of Leabaigh's rock. If it runs
through the field I wonder how the tree huggers
will deal with an angry one-arm Genie? That is if
it is his arm that is missing.
Some say that at certain times, in this area, you
may even meet a wandering waving arm or fairy
shimmering shimmied children or primitive ghostly
diggers. Come if you dare to walk in their
footsteps and see the Rock, now that it is open
to the public.
Pat Watson is the author of
'Original Irish Stories'
First published in March 2006.
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O'LEARY CLAN GATHERING SEPT. 2006
Following our very successful gathering in 2005,
the weekend of September 15th to 17th 2006 sees
the 11th annual clan gathering. As in previous
years, the meeting will take place in the
ancestral homeland of the O'Learys: Inchigeelagh
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