In Memory of Brendan Donohue
(Castlebin, New Inn, Ballinasloe, County Galway)


   May He Rest In Peace  


November 21st 2010

                             Like as the waves  
  Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.

Nativity, once in the main of light,
Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crown'd,
Crooked elipses 'gainst his glory fight,
And Time that gave doth now his gift confound.

Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth
And delves the parallels in beauty's brow,
Feeds on the rarities of nature's truth,
And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow:

      And yet to times in hope my verse shall stand,
      Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.













"Those who die in  Grace  go no further from us than God.


And,  God  is always very near."

  When used with reference to God, the word "Grace" often has strong links to the belief that God can, if asked, deliberately "stoop down", either directly or indirectly, to each and every human being: -- without any exceptions or exclusions of any kind -- for the purpose of helping them out in times of great personal need. Also, "to be in God's Grace", is usually taken to mean "to be on the right side of God", or, in other words, to be in "God's Favour": which, in turn, presumably also means "to be behaving, and generally functioning, in a manner which pleases God": or, the vast family of "Gods and Goddesses", as it used to be for the pre-Christian Celts of long, long ago.  

The Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Celts


An Ancient Warning from the Celts of Scotland:
(usually these days, but perhaps not always, related in jest)


On "Judgement Day":

"It'll be nay use tellin the Lord you did nay kin (know);
Cause he'll turn rund (around) and say:
Well, you kin the nu (now)!!"


Amazing Grace


(Please click on the www link just above for infomation and performances relating to the Song)


A Celtic Woman version of Amazing Grace


An Andre Rieu orchestral version of Amazing Grace


Amazing Grace Lyrics

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.


T'was Grace that taught...
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear...
the hour I first believed.


Through many dangers, toils and snares...
we have already come.
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...
and Grace will lead us home.


The Lord has promised good to me...
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be...
as long as life endures.


Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.


When we've been here ten thousand years...
bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise...
then when we've first begun.


"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,    
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.


For further information on the above lyrics please click on the www page address provided just below, which has been dedicated to
all Amazing Grace admirers, worldwide:


Apparently, it was a sequence of extremely stressful and frightening "sea storm events" in and around the beautiful and highly historic  Lough Swilly   ("Loch Súilí": "Lake of the Shadows") on Ireland's north coast, during parts of March and April of 1748 AD, which eventually resulted in the publication of the Hymn created by John Newton and William Cowper in 1779 called:


Amazing Grace


Further information on the background story is available via the list at:


Photographs of Lough Swilly


Map of Lough Swilly Area


 "An Slí Mór"


("The Ten Thousand Year Old Great Highway")

  "They (the Celts or Keltoi as the ancient Greeks called them) also befriended and adapted large herds of horses, and built up a "partnership" with them which remains very strong to this day; and, the Celts were possibly the very first group of people to master the art of horse riding: which would have given them several huge advantages over all other groups living at that time."  

Connemara Ponies



Celtic Monastic Settlements


 Killann Cemetry 


(On the The Esker Riada)

  Some may be interested to know that Brendan Donohue's final resting place is in Killann Cemetery, which is located more or less right on top of the ten thousand year old Esker Riada ("An Slí Mór" in Celtic, and "Via Magna" in Ecclesiastical Latin: both of which mean "The Great Highway") at a distance of approximately two miles to the North-East of New Inn Village. The name "Killann", which means "Ann's Church" in the Celtic language, suggests the site has probably been in use since sometime well before the Anglo Norman Invasion of Ireland in 1169 AD. Previous to that time, Christianity in Ireland was dominated by the Celtic Christian Monks living under Brehon Law, and women often held senior positions within the largely autonomous, self-supporting, and loosely-bound Céle Dé  ("Partners of God") Celtic Monastic Settlements. Such settlements often included married couples and their children, and it was upon them that "Celtic Christianity" -- symbolised by the unique shape of the Celtic Cross which represented what was, in reality, much closer to a 50/50 "merger" than to a complete takeover of either one by the other, between the spiritual (as in "non-material") beliefs and values associated primarily with the Celtic Sun God Lugh (through the inclusion of the Circle), and the fundamental Teachings of Christ (represented by the inclusion of the Cross) -- was based, thrived upon, and which spread all over Ireland, and deeply into the islands and the mainland of Western Europe during the so-called "Dark Ages" of the second-half of the first millennium AD, and for some time after that period. Among the most important and influential of these female Celtic Christian leaders was the circa 6th century AD Saint Gobnait who had close links with the Aran Islands in Galway Bay: among several other places all over Ireland (and perhaps beyond) that involved parts of County Clare, Ballyvourney in County Cork, Dún Chaoin in West Kerry, and possibly Chapelfinnerty in East County Galway.

As there are numerous places in Ireland named "Killann" (and similar, such as "Killanne" and "Killiney" for example), it seems likely that there must have been considerable interest in Ireland at one time in Christ's Grandmother (Mary's Mother), who according to the ancient traditions of both Christianity and Islam was Saint Anne. Another possibility is that there was an Irish "Saint Anne" -- of the "Saint Gobnait" calibre referred to above -- whose history has now been entirely lost, or is at least no longer at all well known in present-day Ireland. A very small section of what is believed to have been one of the walls of "Ann's Church" can still be seen in Killaan Cemetery (New Inn) on one of the sides of the site, now a mixture of "old and new" structures, nearest to Ballinasloe Town.

One of the largest and best known of the  "Céle Dé ("Partners of God") Celtic Christian Settlements"  is Clonmacnoise (founded in 545 AD), which developed into what is believed to have been the world's first major "Christian University". In its heyday, it is understood to have attracted students from as far away as present-day Russia.

Photographs of the Celtic Crosses at Clonmacnoise

  Clonmacnoise went into decline following the Anglo Norman Invasion of Ireland of 1169 AD, and not very long afterwards the original buildings ended up in the ruined state they are in today. By the mid 1600s Brehon Law had also been fully stamped out all over Ireland, and replaced by Roman Law.  
  "In effect, it was this forced switch-over of legal systems which enabled the bulk of the land of Ireland to be taken away from the people of Ireland, during the lengthy period in question (i.e. 1169 AD to the late 1600s). It really does appear to be as simple, as basic, and as important as that."  

The Mother Of All Cultural Rip-Offs For Ireland?

                          That Time of Year  
  That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.

In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by.

    This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
    To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

                        William Shakespeare  





Full Moon of Saturnalia Night 2010

Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere), December 21st 2010:

With New Inn (County Galway) Leisure Centre, which is located on the Esker Riada, in the Foreground.


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