Commemorating Ireland’s centenary of the Easter Rising 1916-2016

This hauntingly beautiful song, revised for 2016 is the sixth chapter of Ireland’s ‘Centenary’ show that was broadcast from the Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin on Easter Monday 2016. ‘Mise Eire’, (My Ireland) is a new composition of Easter Rising Patrick Pearse’s poem performed by Sibéal Ní Chasaide set to a score by Patrick Cassidy.

Mise Eire is a 1912 Irish-language poem by the Irish poet and Republican revolutionary leader Patrick Pearse. In the poem, Pearse personifies Ireland as an old woman whose glory is past and who has been sold by her children.

The piece shows Dublin’s General Post Office (GPO) where Pearse and the other rebels fought from. Many were poets… from that site the new rebublic flag and proclaimation were read.

Irish version
(modern spelling) English translation
Mise Éire:

Sine mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra

Mór mo ghlóir:
Mé a rug Cú Chulainn cróga.

Mór mo náir:
Mo chlann féin a dhíol a máthair.

Mór mo phian:
Bithnaimhde do mo shíorchiapadh.

Mór mo bhrón:
D’éag an dream inar chuireas dóchas.

Mise Éire:
Uaigní mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra.

I am Ireland:

I am older than the Hag of Beara.

Great my glory:
I who bore brave Cúchulainn.

Great my shame:
My own children that sold their mother.

Great my pain:
My irreconcilable enemy who harrasses me continually.

Great my sorrow:
That crowd, in whom I placed my trust, decayed.

I am Ireland:
I am lonelier than the Hag of Beara.


In loving memory of all, including members and friends of our family who strove for a better Ireland. Love Mary.

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My new book on my Grandmother, Annie Cowie, Huikumu, New Zealand

My daugher, Cathy Fitzgerald, and myself, are delighted to announce the publication of a book about my grandmother, Annie Cowie and her wonderful paintings of the remote Huikumu area of New Zealand, from the 1890s.

Annie Cowie (1858-1917) was the first European woman to live in the remote Huikumu region of New Zealand in the 1890s. Living on a large farm close to the Whanganui River, her sensitive paintings and sketches reveal vivid details of the wild riverscapes and mountains, the Maori people of the area and personal portraits of the family home she loved so much.

The Whanganui River, with its origins high on of the mountains of the Tongariro plateau (Mt Ruapehu was frequently painted by Annie Cowie) is the longest navigable river in New Zealand at 234 km. It was the home of several Maori tribes and later settled for a time by Europeans. Of interest is that early settlers tried to farm this area but harsh conditions and poor soil fertility meant that many later abandoned their farms. Today, the surrounding area of the Whanganui area is much as it was in Annie Cowie’s day.

‘Ruapehu is the mountain,
Whanganui is the river,
Te Atihau nui a papa rangi
are the people’

The lowland forests of the area consist mainly of kamahi, tawa, hinau and pigeonwood trees… mosses, creepers and tree ferns live along the banks of the Whanganui River and in Annie Cowie’s paintings.

Here’s a poem that suits my favourite painting from Annie


by Dorothy Frances Gurney

Sunrise - painting by my Gt Grandmother Annie Cowie ~1890
Sunrise – painting by my Gt Grandmother Annie Cowie from the remote Huikumu region of New Zealand  ~1890

The Lord God planted a garden in the first white days of the world, and he set there an angel warden in a garment of Light enfurled, and I dream that these garden closes with their shade and sunflecked sod, and their lillies and bowers of roses were laid by the hand of God.

So near to the peace of Heaven the hawk might nest with the wren. For there in the cool of the even God walked with the first of men.

The Kiss of the Sun for Pardon
the Song of the Birds for Mirth,
one is nearer God’s heart in a garden
than anywhere else on earth.

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Myra’s Protein Recipe

Grind in a coffee  grinder the following:

Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Sesamae Seeds,

Add Himalayan Salt, ground Kelp, Ground Linseed

Mix together well in a bowl.   Keep in kitchen to sprinkle on foods.  Delicious!

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My new email address is:    or:

From 24th October 2017

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Bishop Joseph Shanahan

Our beloved gt uncle Bishop Joseph Shanahan Apostle of the Niger.
Joseph’s eldest sister was Mary Shanahan Mrs Joseph Dawson.
Bishop Joseph was born 6-6-1871 at Glankeen, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.
Michael and I had the pleasure of visiting and staying with the family and visiting
the birthplace of Joseph where there now is a shrine in his memory.
Mary and Joseph Dawson lived in Maynooth Co.Kildare and it was a delight to see their name
Dawson still on the doorstep of their home and general warehouse when we were in Ireland

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In loving memory of our beloved Kevin William Dysart Fitzgerald.
You live in our lives, sharing the roads life has taken for us all over the years, we know you journey with us in the company of the Blessed Saint Therese into whose Company you were taken.
You are only a loving thought away and my memories ever fondly stray to the days when you and I were young Kevin, and the sweet May morning when we married.
You are alive forever more!

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