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La an Logha (August 15th)

La an Logha (August 15th)

For as long as locals can remember, Lá an Logha (which translates as ‘Day of Indulgence’) has been a highlight of the Summer in Belmullet. It is traditionally the time that emigrants return home for their holidays and the streets in the days around the 15th were often loud with the hum of conversation of people re united.  A traditional fair day has been held in Belmullet on this day every year. This fair day involves stalls and markets all over the town and the streets are usually overflowing with people. It was always a holiday day with music in the...

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Blacksod Lighthouse

Blacksod Lighthouse

The Blacksod Lighthouse opened last week for tours. This iconic lighthouse situated at the tip of the Mullet Peninsula has long connections with our family as many of our relations were light house keepers or married to keepers. The tour tells the stories of some of those that manned the light houses around the coast in the past and it also tells the story of how the date of the D Day landing in 1944 was influenced by a weather forecast from Blacksod Lighthouse. The tour is also very interesting in that you get to see the inside what is...

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Spring is here

Spring is here

Spring is my favourite time of the year. Mind you I reckon a lot of people feel like that. While Christmas is a great time for family and nostalgia it also brings some sadness. The Summer, particularly around Belmullet, is fantastic with visitors home and long days and swimming in the sea. But I prefer the Spring. When Spring starts is a source of debate. Tradition has it that Spring starts on February 1st. The metrological offices say Spring starts on March 1st. For me Spring starts when there is still a little light after the work day. This is...

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Missing the Craic

Missing the Craic

What I miss most during these Covid 19 times is the craic with our customers. Serving  people in the shop is often accompanied with a conversation around weather or the news of the day.  For example  I hear much droch mheas poured on the colour coded weather warning  system (“Telling us it was Orange and it was only a small breeze”).  Mayo’s chances in the next big match are also a firm favourite. How a member of their family is getting on after a big event in their lives (“How is Mary after her sickness ?” “How is Johnny getting...

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