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Monday, 14 September 2015

Bards A Plenty Among The Serene Of Milltown

Ahh, Milltown Community Woods, with the serenity that made Johnnie Lawson famous through over 9.5 million views on YouTube so far.


It really does sound an look like that video.

So we set off ...


Just a few of us to start, but numbers do increase later ...

And here we are by the spot where Johnnie Lawson filmed his famous mammoth video ...


Here is the Johnnie Lawson 8 hour video with almost had 9.5 million views so far, and it does look and sound like this when you are here. View this reminding yourselves that you could have been here with us among this live :-)


Over the bridge we go ...


View from the bridge upstream ...


Bee enjoying her surroundings ...


George and Violet appear at the top of the steps to join us. ...


Arrived at The Salmon Hole


which is this


and we had our first bardic session here starting with George and moving on to our pro poet present, Stephen Murphy. Eventually, I will slip in video clips of their moments here ..

This is also a good new picnic spot,


so I think our picnics here in future?

It's a step climb to get out of here ...


and we get to what I call, 'The Bardic Stump' as we often seem to stop here for some Bardic Time.


I will try to slip in video clips from this moment in future ..

Lovely River Bonet scene here too ...


Horse Pool is the next place,


and a little bit of water scene from here ...


Another seating place, un-named but with a lovely waterside view and sound.


From here back along a tree lined path to get to our picnic ...


Stephen was telling us how a hurricane took down the whole monoculture spruce farm forest over 15 years ago. He explained that most of what we see here now is purely native, all brought in by birds and animals and nothing planted by man. Coilte handed it over to a local group as a community leisure forest, which now makes it a perfect forest bathing forest.

We continued to enjoy our picnic ..


A shower descended upon us, Stephen left us with an entertaining poem,

“Email from Dog to Man”, both entertaining and pointed reflection on the relationship between man and dog, and attempted insight into how others who care about us see us.

Unfortunately I did not video this but someone did outside a barn nearby on an earlier day.

Stephen won the All Ireland Poetry Slam with this last year.


Soon after Stephen left, leaving us with a delicious ginger cake, we all broke up to go home after a stunning 2.5 hours here together in this delightful place, Milltown Woods, NW of Manorhamilton.

Please join us next time. Check our event listings for the next time here.


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