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“yes I said yes I will Yes”
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I would very much like to live there

Wafting toward Mars in an arc made by human hands aside, I would very much like to spend my days between mountain and sea in the valleys of Kerry.

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"Interest in the legend and lore of our countryside has long been a feature of our culture. In ancient Ireland, 'dinnsheanchas' or place-lore was held in high esteem and considered an essential study for the poet. In the course of centuries, the hills and mountains, rivers and valleys of Ireland were invested with a wealth of tradition and folk-lore. The people cherished these traditions and had a genuine interest in them long before tourism was dreamed of or developed. Such an interest is not unique in Ireland. Many other nations were equally tradition-conscious and this is particularly true of the Church."

"The response to the past is deep-rooted in our nature, because the past is much more than a collection of memories that have survived the ravages of time. The past has been a powerful influence shaping the present, just as our lives will help to develop the future. The people have always been conscious of this continuity, especially when they themselves have shared the same history and hardship as their forefathers. Until recently, it was customary in West Kerry, whenever a farmer had stooked the last sheaf of oats or dug the last potato, to sit on the fence and say a prayer for the countless generations that had toiled and sweated in the same field."
-Eamonn Casey, Bishop of Kerry (c. 1976; "Forward" to Discovering Kerry T.J. Barrington)

Amen to that. Such behaviour is not only a matter of tradition. The land itself urges you to do so.
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New member introduction - Hello everyone. My husband, Mike, and I host knitting retreats in Killarney, Ireland for knitters from all over the world.  Betty Salpekar, author of "Solefull Socks" is the special guest instructor at our 11-17 September 2014 knitting retreat in Killarney. Please visit www.BallycastleKnits.com for the knitting retreat tour details.
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