Category Archives: Language

Where is Luke Skywalker?

That’s the burning question Star Wars fans want to know and the quest the gets the ball rolling (literally) in The Force Awakens. The Jedi Master is AWOL and the galaxy means to find him. But before we get to … Continue reading

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Bard: Rock Star of Gaelic Ireland

One of the things I enjoy doing every Sunday afternoon is listening to Into the 70s on WGHN – five hours of happy memories. As a kid, growing up in the dead coal-mining town of Export, PA in the 1970s, I … Continue reading

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THE HOBBIT: What’s Welsh Got to Do with It?

Previously, I’ve posted about Ireland’s connection with one of the most-loved authors of our time – J.R.R. Tolkien. He had a special place in his heart for the Emerald Isle and was particularly drawn to the wilderland of The Burren. … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

Cuibhlean stòlda mu dheas,  [The wheels of industry at a standstill,] Na fàsaichean a’ tuath,   [The northern lands wasted,] An taigh-mòr falamh an Dùn-éideann   [The empty house in Edinburgh] Gun chumhachd gun ghuth.  [Without authority or voice.]      (Macdonald, … Continue reading

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Ireland=Middle-earth

My name is Kerry and I’m a Tolkien-junky. Over the holidays I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey six times. The cinematography, special effects, and characters were so real I couldn’t help myself. Only snowstorms and icy roads kept me … Continue reading

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Term Papers, Smerm Papers!

Got a term paper due at the end of the semester staring you in the face? Final exams? Maybe even a thesis to defend? Stop whining and be glad you weren’t a bard! In Ireland, there were druidic colleges in … Continue reading

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Space…the final frontier

As I sit down to pen a commissioned piece – a chapter entitled Reinventing the Obituary File for the Digital Age in a book aimed at library professionals – I’m mindful of how much we take reading and writing for … Continue reading

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