Amid the Noise and Haste


Ireland is in a whirl of activity at the moment as we prepare for a host of high key national events over the next couple of months:

The General Election ~ February 26th

St. Patrick’s Day ~ March 17th

Centenary of The Easter Rising 1916 ~ March 27th especially

Census of Population ~ April 24th

The fact that there is so much going on all around the same time has the effect of diluting each specific event under what feels like huge blanket of Irishness of various shades and emphases.

And, all the while, each person living in Ireland has his/her own personal events going on.

It’s hard to take it all in at times and while I am intensely interested in things social and political, one has to step back from it all from time to time and draw breath.

My everyday Ireland of this week has been bursting with beauty. Here’s a little glimpse of how it’s been here in Co. Waterford:


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Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

26 thoughts on “Amid the Noise and Haste”

  1. Yes holidays can be like that. Here in Canada I don’t celebrate holidays too much although I am attracted to the harvest season and any holiday around that time that coincides. Lovely slide show. Did you learn that on wordpress?

  2. I love “Finding Courage” and golden sands…but they’re all very pretty..We went for an early Valentine dinner and then for a drive down to Marshfield. The section of Brant Rock really took a beating in the recent NorEaster that we had. Boulders, rocks and debrie were all over the place and a couple of cottages looked like they should be torn down. Sand coated the road adjacent to the ocean…Nature has many moods.

  3. It sounds like it’s going to be a busy spring– though I always enjoy the renewed energy that spring brings after a long winter hibernation when people seem to cocoon in their homes.

    1. Sheryl, definitely busy here with a lot of extras going on.
      Yes, it’s remarkable how people pour out into public when the good weather comes. That’s especially true in a seaside town like this.

  4. A very fine week Jean. Things are improving over here too – a few bright days and the hardest frost of winter this morning (Sunday – just catching up). Started watching the Icelandic series ‘Trapped’ last night – not sure if you can see it over there but I recommend it. Iceland has some political parallels with Ireland and not just the one character deviation 🙂 All the best, R

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