Ireland on my mind…

There’s nothing like a good long phone conversation with one’s family to make one yearn for home. I’m not usually very sentimental about Ireland, nor was I ever much of a home bird. However, this weekend has been chock-full of old friends visiting, Irish music, Irish rugby and then I stumbled across this (beautiful) photo of the homeland recently taken from space:

Captured by commander of Expedition 25 on the International Space Station, Douglas H. Wheelock, who tweets from orbit as @Astro_Wheels, the photo was specifically requested by an Irish follower.

As well as this, I saw an old advert for Bord Na Mona, Ireland’s semi-state provider of peat (cut from the midlands). It features one of my favourite Irish poems, called ‘The Planter’s Daughter’ by Austin Clarke:

The Planter’s Daughter

When night stirred at sea,
And the fire brought a crowd in
They say that her beauty
Was music in mouth
And few in the candlelight
Thought her too proud,
For the house of the planter
Is known by the trees.

Men that had seen her
Drank deep and were silent,
The women were speaking
Wherever she went —
As a bell that is rung
Or a wonder told shyly
And O she was the Sunday
In every week.


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