My passionate interest in Waterfords of the World drew me out yesterday to visit Lord Waterford’s Curraghmore in Portlaw, Co.Waterford. I write about the wonders of this magnificent demesne, which were shown to me by the highly knowledgeable Basil Croeser, in Section Six of Social Bridges.
Category: Social Bridges
Shining Light on Waterford’s History: Jack Burtchaell
Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city and has a long and rich history. Jack Burtchaell, historical geographer, has been giving guided tours of Waterford for the last 21 years and is a key figure in passing on the history of the City. In Section Three of Social Bridges, I write about the wonderful insights which I gained into Waterford’s past during a very memorable tour with the inspirational Jack Burtchaell.
Brendan Kennelly – A Social Bridge
In the week that Brendan Kennelly, one of Ireland’s leading poets, celebrated his 75th birthday, I write of how he has been a significant social bridge in my life since I attended one of his poetry readings in my first term at Trinity College in 1975. This article is in Section Two of Social Bridges.
Master Thatcher: Hugh O’Neill
Hugh O’Neill, a Master Thatcher, is a crucial social bridge in terms of keeping the age old tradition of thatching alive in Ireland. I was fortunate to meet him while he was thatching the Sweep Bar in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford. This is a man with wealth of knowledge and experience in relation to thatching. His wonderful insights are presented in Section One of my writing on Social Bridges.