Beethoven Elvis & Ireland in Depth.

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Above a fine restaurant and pub, Westport County Mayo.

Working on this painting of Swords Round tower and Church north county Dublin. The view is from the garden of a relative’s one time home. The house was sold many years ago.

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This most welcome book by, Nuala McAllister Hart is to be published in March 2017 to mark the Centenary of Josef Locke’s birth The great Irish tenor from Derry was a wonderfil singer and at one time the best paid entertainer in the UK! Check out the ‘Hear My Song’ CD and be amazed.

A painting I am working on recently. Loosely based on a <Paul Henry> masterpiece. Depicting a Connemara scene.

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Mount Errigal county Donegal. Close by is a pub featuring Enya memorabilia. A favourite destination in the summer.

 

Now for something a little different

An Ireland and,  <Elvis Presley> link came about when the, “Elvis at 13” life-sized bronze statue was unveiled in Tupelo Mississippi on the 8th January 2002. The idea for a statue of Elvis as a boy was the writers. A modest proposal by letter to the Mayor of Tupelo  back in 2001 was taken up with enthusiasm! It is now the most photographed public sculpture in Mississippi.

The ‘In Dublin’ Magazine, published a letter by yours truly, about Elvis in the following issue.   The mag is long gone now.

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Beautiful, Maureen Colgan on the day we were married. 26th September 1959. She was just eighteen. Wednesday next will be the 1st Anniversary of her death aged 74, here in Ireland .

Because of  a lifetime of appreciated medical care, Maureen my little, <‘Jewish princess’> bravely dedicated her body to science.  More about Maureen below.

 

 

HERE a painting I am working on of the famous ancient fort, Grianan of Aileach, or The Sun Palace of Aileach in Donegal not too far from the city of Derry. There are some magnificent views of the beautiful surrounding countryside from the ramparts.

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Recently I received a very nice letter from ex-movie -star, Dolores Hart. She starred in two films with Elvis Presley 1957/58. Also with a host of other top movie stars till 1963 when she entered the Abbey of Regina Laudis, Bethlehem, CT and became a nun. We have been exchanging messages since 1998. Her biographical book, “The Ear of the Heart”, tells of her career in Hollywood and, sad at times, early childhood. She appeared in a 20/20 documentary telling of her fun time with Elvis, and her much later tough decision to join the Abbey. Extracts can be seen on youtube.

I have been busy of late taking photos of the east coast and also painting pictures.

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Above.  Notes to Maureen Colgan and yours truly 1961 from Graceland. The story behind them was first covered by TV, Radio, and the Press in Ireland, USA and UK., 1997. The note to Maureen signed ‘Sincerely Elvis Presley’ went to the hospital where she was very ill. The other initialled EP arrived at our home address back then.

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The ‘Elvis at 13’ bronze statue, unveiled 8th January 2002 stands close to his birthplace in the city of Tupelo Mississippi as the result of a letter the writer sent to the Mayor January 2001, suggesting a statue of Elvis as a boy would be an excellent tourist attraction. It has become the most photographed sculpture in Mississippi. Plaques bearing it’s image are dotted around the city.

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The Atlantic tide arriving at the rocky shore at Doolin in county Clare. A favourite beauty spot for travellers from all over the world. Fairly close by are the very famous Cliffs of Moher. Closer still Hotels, Restaurants and pubs hosting Traditional Irish music. A castle, Craft shops, and Cave open to the public.

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Maureen Colgan. (R.I.P.) Maureen was my English wife of almost 56 years. She passed away aged 74, last September.  Maureen has travelled the length and breadth of Ireland since she first arrived in Dublin from Manchester where she was born, and via Liverpool where we caught the night boat to Ireland. A nine hour trip in 1963. This photo was taken on Howth head. Across the bay is Dalkey, Bray head, and the Wicklow  mountains. Maureen will feature on many of the photos of beautiful Ireland as she loved this country and saw places on this huge island that many Irish people have missed out on.

We travelled the highways and more importantly the by-ways, mountain and forest tracks, in cars, buses, trains motorbikes and on foot. When hitch-hiking was easy and safe. Those were the days that will be covered here.  Travelogues I leave to the professionals. 🙂

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Ireland. Landscapes and Culture.

A rare portrait of Ludwig Van Beethoven. His magnificent 7th symphony is based on an Irish air, “Save Me From the Wise and Grave”. The 4th movement “The apotheosis of the dance”, said Wagner.

It would have  <Michael Flatley>, of River Dance fame, spinning.

Welcome to this website where stories about Ireland and the extraordinary impact this little island has had on the world will include a great many music related episodes sure to educate and entertain.

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Above a view from the very beautiful Skellig Michael.  Recently episodes of the latest <“Star Wars”> movies, were shot there.

The rocky Skellig islands are roughly twelve kilometres from the coast of county Kerry. Boat trips are available in the summer season. It would be wise to bear in mind the climb to the summit of Skellig Michael is very steep indeed, and no hand rails!

A lot more information can be found about the Skellig islands on Wikipedia and google searches. There will be more here later as  I research further.

Ireland is an ancient land with an amazing history. Before the bronze age little is known of the inhabitants, but the massive man-made stone and rock structures dotted all over the Irish countryside tell of a people with a great knowledge of building complex structures, and a fine understanding of  Astronomy.

<Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth> are  prime  examples.

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For  fascinating Discovering Ireland, photos.

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