• Bards Tales
  • The Lights Of Tipperary Hill


    Tipperary Hill Revisited: From St. Patrick’s Shamrock window to its iconic ‘Green Light’. We lived on Whittier Avenue, a few hundred yards from Burnet Park. I visited the zoo nearly every day. At five in the morning the park belonged to me; the fields and courts, the clubhouse, the pool, the swan pond, the wild […]

  • Ireland
  • From Tipperary Hill, Syracuse, NY to a night in Upperchurch, Co Tipperary


    Photographer friend John P. Kennedy (facebook) shared a link recently with news that a pub in Upperchurch, my grandmother Katie’s village, might be one of the best in Ireland! Above: a few shots from a Session. Irish Times columnist Gary Quinn’s headline:  Jim O’ the Mill, Upperchurch, Tipperary Could this one-night-per-week pub be one of the best in Ireland? […]

  • Ireland
  • John’s Travel Log: O’Leary

    Hanna Hats of Donegal

    On the road in Ireland, weather aside, it’s been an incredible journey — Dublin to Omagh to Donegal south through Mayo and Galway, Doolin and Quilty, to Kilkee traveling along the scenic and magical coast of Co Clare. The hats were photographed at the Hanna Hat factory in Donegal. I was introduced to John Hanna and his […]