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Free upcoming events at Coole

A number of free events will take place at Coole in the coming weeks.

A portrait of a lady

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Some months after Lady Christobel Ampthill’s spectacular accident (her horse who refused to jump a flooding stream, and she was thrown into the river, and nearly drowned), Michel Déon and his wife Chantal, came across her sitting in her car near Kinvara.* She clearly looked distressed. There was a rumour that she had not fully recovered from her accident. She was getting forgetful.

Rise up and shine - Elaine Feeney's 'multi-layred' take on poetry and life

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EMPEROR DARTH Sidious ordered Lord Vadar to 'Rise...!' in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; WB Yeats threatened to "arise and go now, and go to Inishfree"; The Cardigans sang "Rise and shine my sister" - one word, yet each usage has very different connotations.

Collections of fine art, Irish art, old masters, antiques, and silver from two Irish country houses and other important private clients

Fonsie Mealy auctioneers will conduct a two day auction comprising more than 900 lots on March 7 and 8. The auction will take place at The Chatsworth Auction Rooms, Chatsworth Street, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny.

Tower Poetry Slam Competition takes place this weekend

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THE FIRST Tower Poetry Slam 2016 competition will be held in Thoor Ballylee, once the south Galway home of WB Yeats, with the event being MC'd by award winning Galway poets Elaine Feeney and Sarah Clancy.

Come away oh performance poets...

A slam poetry competition will take place in Thoor Ballylee, the former home of WB Yeats on Saturday October 15, and performance poets are being invited to apply for one of 10 places at the event. This is the first competition of its kind to be held at the tower house.

The west of Ireland lacks civilisation - But it has poetry

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‘The capital, Galway, is a terrible place. It has of course St Nicholas, one of the few remaining pre-Reformation churches; the frontispiece of a Renaissance town house erected as a gateway to the public park; and a medieval fortified house about which they tell the well-known story of the Lynch who hanged his own son when the sheriff wasn't available. At least once a year while I was director of the Abbey theatre we got a play on that. From Miss Edgeworth's account of her travels to Galway it would appear that as a theme for tragedy it was popular a hundred years ago. But even before that I had a lively hatred of the town....'

‘The old lady was a holy terror’

Ireland’s greatest short story writer is probably the late Frank O’Connor (1903-1966). Born in Cork city, his autobiography An Only Child (1961) is ironically a celebration of his vivacious but fastidious mother, and their survival from his alcoholic, and at times brutal, father.

‘Today the Somme is a peaceful but sullen place.’

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One of the great obsessions after the war was how to come to terms with the ‘missing’ - the many thousands of young soldiers who were either vaporised, or blown to pieces, by high explosives; or were drowned and lost in the mud. Last week I tried to tell the heartbreaking search for their missing son Jack, by the Kiplings. For months they haunted hospitals, interviewed soldiers, even dropped leaflets on enemy territory, pleading for information. Even though the Somme still reveals bodies today, Jack Kipling was never found.

‘Too late now to retrieve a fallen dream..’

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Apart from Irish nationalists believing that Home Rule would follow the war if they fought for Britain; or the Ulsterman's belief that after their sacrifice, Britain 'would see them right,' there were other reasons too, that drove young men into the British army at this perilous time in history. Men joined for heroic reasons. There were propaganda warnings that Irish women would be raped, land and farms confiscated, churches burnt and looted if Germany invaded Ireland as it had Belgium.

 

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