The Humours of Ennistymon

It is 1952 I am cycling to my piano music classes with “Madam” Dunne in the townland of Firmount about three miles from the village of Prosperous in County Kildare.  … Continue Reading →


Cappoquin – Ceapach Choinn (Conn’s Plot)

Cappoquin – Ceapach Choinn is in County Waterford and directly translated means Conn’s Plot.  Even Joyce’s “Names and Places” does not know who Conn was.  So the plot thickens!  Ah … Continue Reading →



Barrowlands God bless Shannon Airport, Ryanair, Prestwick and the Scottish commuter ‘Dart’ for the transportation of this old fan to Glasgow.  And of course Anne, my lifetime minder who carried … Continue Reading →


Over The Edge

Published in In Dublin on 16th June 1983 One day, Davoc Rynne couldn’t take it anymore. The pub was quiet.  Conversation was at low ebb.  People in the kitchen were … Continue Reading →

Ten years of Irish-Celt on eBay

On the 3rd  November 1998 – according to my reliable diary, I was in the townland of Ardnacrusha on the banks of the mighty river Shannon in the county of … Continue Reading →

The Secret Keepers

This was a conspiracy of the highest order, an undercover project of gigantic proportions.  Months and months of planning, organisation and synchronisation across several countries, indeed continents, not to mention … Continue Reading →

Ephemera – a great word is back in fashion!

A great word has been resurrected recently – Ephemera, meaning anything of yesterday. For example, autographs of famous people, living or dead, old invoices, comics, posters, beer and whiskey labels, … Continue Reading →

Pat Ds

The Trad Session, Davoc Rynne

In the 1960s if you were young and could play an Irish traditional dance tune – you were King! You did not have to have a huge repertoire – heavens … Continue Reading →