Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hello Everyone

Hello Everyone,

I have been experiencing major technical difficulties in Ireland, and so have been unable to post. This post is courtesy of a friend back home. See you all next week. Weather is great here in Ireland. Hope the sun is shining on your part of the world. Cheers! Jennifer

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fizzy Friday: Nominees for a Worst 'Irish' Movies ever made award

What characterizes a 'worst' for me is an Irish themed film in which one or all of the following play a role:

1) Category: WORST Irish accents ever heard.

Julia Roberts is a double nominee:
—as Kitty Kiernan in "Michael Collins". This accent is wrong on so many levels.
—as Mary Reilly in the awful film "Mary Reilly". I don't know which I dislike more, the movie or the accent.

Brad Pitt as an Irish terrorist in "The Devil's Own". I don't even know what to say about this one.

The prize for worst accent, in my opinion, has to go to Tom Cruise, playing opposite his then wife Nicole Kidman, in 'Far and Away'. When I heard this accent I dearly wished he was both 'far' and 'away'.

2) Category: The film makers should have purchased maps of the British Isles and Ireland before they shot a single frame.

Only one nominee in this category so far, 'Leap Year' starring Amy Adams. This movie just irritated me. There is so much wrong with it that to verbalize all would make this post pages and pages long. Aside from the whole premise of having her follow her man to Ireland to get him to marry her (Ugh), the movie makers have her plane crash land in Wales, leaving her to take a fishing boat to Dublin which lands in Dingle. ??#!*!#*.

A quick look at a basic map of the area would show the film makers that Dingle is on the west side of Ireland and Wales is east of Ireland. The city of Dublin is on the east coast of Ireland.

In order to get to Dingle the little fishing boat would have to cross the Celtic Sea at the widest point between Wales and Ireland, travel south, around the eastern and southern coasts of Ireland, and past two major peninsulas on Ireland’s west coast. Such a voyage would take at least week and require several stops for refueling. In order to get to Dublin from Cardiff the same little boat could have crossed St. George's Strait at the narrowest point, taken a right turn and arrived in Dublin a few hours later. I guess such ease of travel just doesn't fit the plot of this stinker.

The only redeeming feature of this movie are the beautiful landscape shots, although none of them are in the locations named in the film.

3) Category: There are so many 'Irish' stereotypes, I lose count:

The falling down drunk/bar fly, the fisherman/farmer, the terrorist, the angry red head, the Irish simpleton.

Topping this category once again is 'Leap Year', although most of the above named films also qualify for this category. The only stereotype 'Leap Year' doesn't use is the terrorist.

Can you think of any 'worsts' you would like included in this list?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Little neighbours at the National Library

Curious little creatures (fellow archive rats) on the ledge outside one of the large picture windows on the upper floor of the Manuscripts Reading Room of The National Library, Dublin.

Copyright ©J. Geraghty-Gorman 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fizzy Friday: Neopolitan Fizzy Floats

At times it seems as though family history research involves far too much gloom, doom, death and despair.


In addition to my Follow Friday post, I've decided to launch a new idea today. Posts on Fridays are going to be about a little levity, silliness, and comic relief. Surely it's okay to be silly one day a week.

I'm going to call it Fizzy Friday. This name fits because it reminds me of silliness on very hot summer days when I was a kid. When my Mom was at home, instead of at work, she would make us wonderfully delicious Fizzy Floats. I LOVED THEM! They were made of a very simple combination of Neopolitan ice cream (strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate) and 7-Up. Sometimes we'd get silly and experiment with different flavours of soda, such as orange, lime, root beer, cream soda, or any combination thereof. The classic combo of just 7-Up and ice cream was always my favourite.

Mom bought tall soda glasses and bendy straws, so that we would feel like we were at the Stoney Creek Dairy when we were drinking them. Often she would buy a couple of large bricks of Neopolitan ice cream and make floats for all of the kids in the neighbourhood. It was silly and fun; it was great! Thanks Mom! Here's to Fizzy Fridays.

Follow Friday: 'A Parenthesis'

Do you ever click on 'Next Blog' in the Blogger header? Every so often I do, and it can lead to some very interesting finds. Early Tuesday morning I came across 'A Parenthesis'. Although you cannot sign up as a follower, it is pleasant just to stop by this site and have a read every now and then. If you need some uplifting meditations or simply a laugh, visit 'A Parenthesis' at

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Michael Collins, Irish Patriot

Born 16 October 1890 near Clonakilty, County Cork, Michael Collins is credited with leading the successful guerrilla war campaign of the Irish War of Independence which forced the British into the truce of July 1921, the ultimate result of which was the Irish Free State. On 22 August 1922 Collins was killed during the Irish Civil War in a gun battle at Béal na mBláth (translated:"The Mouth of Flowers") in his native Cork. He was 32 years old. Over 500,000 people from both sides of the conflict attended his funeral in Dublin.

All Photographs: Copyright ©J. Geraghty-Gorman
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