Second generation Irish with my great grandparents from Cobh, County Cork. Cousins in Fairview, just outside Dublin. Been twice (97 and 01). Gonna be there again soon.
Part owner of a trad pub in St. Louis. Called the Dubliner and you can see it at dublinerstl.com.
Served in Vietnam (Air Force). Was a teacher for 17 years (literature, writing, speech and debate). Now work for a pro-life organization as development director. A professional beggar.
Have 12 kids; 25 grandkids; a black Lab named Duffy and a brown spindle Boxador called Becket (after Samuel Beckett).
I love Irish history, especially the struggles. Did a teacher's research project on Seamus Heaney and wrote a paper on Padraig Pearse -- the Patriot Poet. So -- rebel music has a deep place in my heart. Diddling, or gobbing (Irish mouth music) is fun.
I love Kerry reels; the Bridies; Paul Brady is grand; Aoife Ni Fhearraigh; Anuna; Mary Black; Nollaig Casey; Eilis Kennedy; Christy Moore; Enya; some of the older groups such as the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makum; Maura O'Connell is absolutely world class.
Currently Reading? (Books Magazines etc)
The Forsyte Saga. Used to be an English teacher.
My sons and I are enjoying opening night at our pub, the Dubliner, in St. Louis. All Liveirelanders are welcome when you're in town!
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Hello Frank, (a year ago) you commented on my page, the photo is of corse in Ireland, I thought it was wonderful and would love to look out the window myself. I would love to visit your pub sometime as I am from Oklahoma, that is possible.
Thanks for the kind words Frank! God knows I need all the support I can get these days; not so easy being home and back to snuff. I feel like something is missing and I am doing to much, so my stress level is a bot toxic right now. I actually am a huge fan of Frank McCourts. I purchased all his books for my daughter Lexi, but have not managed to read them. She, however read three of them in one sitting! I must try to read for fun, as school reading wears me out.
Thank you for the thanks! I only started it because it was in my own heart to do so. I have enjoyed reading the many poems that have been added. I find great joy in it. All the best to you my friend! Slan
Ah Frank! I agree with you about Dublin. It is the history that captures one in its grasp, but like we know already, the times are vastly changed. To me, since the first time I'd visited to the last, the city was more like the rest of Europe and not like the rest of Ireland. Now seeing this in print makes me laugh as it would seem that that is true of many cities in fact these days, but Dublin is like New York to me and it overloads my senses, save St. Stephen's Green, which I almost cried about when it was time to depart from its solitude. The post office and other buildings where so many fought the good fight holds me in quiet consultation with my sense of hope and dignity, but again, I have issue with the heavily traveled streets and it pushes Dublin to the rear of my ideal stopover. Now mind you, I live in a big enough city with the same kinds of issues and perhaps this is why I am acutely aware and overloaded when there--too muh like home--hahaha.
SO happy you have read my poem again and loved the feedback--I agree, the young Irish are absorbing a new freedom that does little in terms of respecting the dmall community from whence they came--damned tiger. HAHA. No seriously, it overwhelms me how many new faces form various countries now call Ireland home andas one who has strong familial ties and historical ties to Ireand, I cannot be part of the masses. I thinkchange is good, but like anything, even that of my America, I feel lost when change kills off the gentle little man and woman. I never heard of the St. Patrick reference before now, but I am intrigued.