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June 26, 2017

Glencar Waterfall is about a fifteen minute drive from Sligo town and has always been a favourite destination of mine. When the children were young they loved to visit there and run round and round the loop of steps while I sat and admired the view and guarded the sing...

May 12, 2017

The landscape around Sligo is dominated by the outlines of Ben Bulben to the north and Knocknarea on the Strandhill peninsula to the south. Knocknarea is identifiable by the little bump on top which is a rock cairn which is supposed to cover the tomb of the mythical Qu...

May 12, 2017

PMC or Precious Metal Clay is a clay made from very fine particles of a metal, such as silver, which are combined with a binder and can be used to mould or shape jewellery. The binder is then burnt off either in a kiln or with a torch (similar to torch used in kitchen...

May 8, 2017

In the poem "For Anne Gregory" when I first read about "those great honey-coloured ramparts at your ear" I immediately thought of Princess Leia from Star Wars and her "cinnamon-bun" hair-do (except that her hair was brown).

But then I saw a postcard and thought that as...

May 6, 2017

Yeats' poetry includes such beautiful imagery it is clear he was a great observer of the natural world.

From his poem "He gives his Beloved certain Rhymes" I use the image of "a  pearl-pale hand" as inspiration for a pendant and earrings, as shown here, but I also love...

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