Ireland #4

It’s been our second non-parade St. Patrick’s Day here in Ireland but there have been lots of good things happening in smallish ways. For example, I saw three balloons representing the colours of the Irish flag tied to a gate when I was out for my constitutional this morning and lots of people wearing items of green clothing. Believe it or not, I didn’t see one sprig of shamrock yet and it’s 18:17 here.

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly all the attention that was being lavished across the world’s TV and radio stations on a group of young men who definitely seem to be a whole new generation of Irish dancers who will push on from the Riverdance era.

They are called Cairde (which means friends in English) and here is a clip of them in action. They really brought a great feeling of hope to me and a sense that there is incredible talent and creativity being unleashed in spite of the restrictions associated with the pandemic.

I especially like the fact that the backdrop to their dance today was The Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare which had such meaning for my father who was a passionate Clareman. Here’s one of his photos of The Cliffs, as they are called by Clare people.

The Cliffs of Moher: Photo: Frank Tubridy

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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.

25 thoughts on “Ireland #4”

  1. Oh! My God that was so wonderful! Those gorgeous boys and that glorious back drop plus your father’s beautiful photo by your father. I am so sorry I am late…shitty day! But happy, happy At. Patrick’s Day .πŸ¦‹πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  2. I dunno, I prefer the theatricals of Riverdance and its spin-offs. The Cliffs are rightly famous though. I was there just the once on a stormy day, it was spectacular.

    1. I love Riverdance too but I think these guys have what it takes to have a new kind of Riverdance.
      I have mixed views about The Cliffs. I love them in their rawness and was lucky enough to see them long before they became sooooo commercialised. The Cliffs at Kilkee are beautiful and don’t have all the razzmatazz and buses etc.

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