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V T N M T N Ireland Part 1 Of 3

  1. 1. Four Chums on a Romp<br />In the Emerald Isle !<br />
  2. 2. Moved by the spirit and led by the heart<br /> Contents<br />This presentation has some rhyme, <br /> but no reason or logic. <br />It was born of the spirit and <br /> it speaks with the accent of the heart.<br />
  3. 3. Four Chums on a Romp<br />Characters <br />(Cast of) <br />(not in rational order)<br />
  4. 4. Part 1<br />
  5. 5. Our Pilot par excellence!<br />He drove.<br /> We prayed. <br />
  6. 6. <ul><li>Bill, a pro on hair-pin turns on a cliff’s edge, clearly showed leftist leanings.
  7. 7. He looked hi and lo for a rosary (for his Irish aunt).
  8. 8. He learned that they don’t say the rosary any more.</li></ul>Bill Keane, the Pilot<br />
  9. 9. Karen Love<br />World class Navigator<br />shows an unerring nose for<br />bargains <br />—except with fish mongers. <br />
  10. 10. KL<br />Regal as Victoria,<br />formidable as Thatcher,<br />charming as Sarah Palinx 2.<br />I.e.,<br /> the best vacation companion<br />
  11. 11. She kept us in high gear,<br /> and, <br /> thank heavens, <br /> she kept Bill off the left <br /> gutter and on the <br /> straight and narrow lane.<br />
  12. 12. Mother, Nurse,Cookand Caretaker of Us All ! <br />
  13. 13. Sanguine, indefatigable, primal mother,<br />Born to nurse the world<br />Ms Right was in heaven when a flirtatious Celt cooed: “You look so Irish.”<br />Her dear ones know her as “Ms Right,”<br /> (middle name: “Always”).<br />She cooked and <br /> cared for us with<br /> person-centered<br /> TLC. <br />She advised and <br /> admonished us with the infallibility of a Hitler.<br />
  14. 14. The Resident Maverick<br />
  15. 15. TheMaverick:<br />A Profile<br /><ul><li>Walks with an unsteady gait,</li></ul> but speaks with <br /> unshakeable conviction. <br /><ul><li>Was born a contrarian,</li></ul> he presumes you are wrong!<br /><ul><li> He has a weakness for</li></ul> seedy limericks and shady rhymes<br />
  16. 16. rhyme<br />seedy<br />A<br />Jack and Jill went up the hill<br /> To fetch a keg of brandy<br /> Jack got stewed <br /> Jill got screwed<br /> Now its Jack, Jill and Andy!<br />
  17. 17. GearoidO’Donoghue(GOD)<br /> Our Guiding Light<br /><ul><li>A Reverend,
  18. 18. A Professor,
  19. 19. A Promoter of obscure saints and heretical theories ,
  20. 20. The best of friends.</li></li></ul><li>A priest <br />in rocky settings <br />and in rocky times.<br />A scholar who sailed across the Atlantic twice.<br />
  21. 21. Editor’s note:<br />Mt-n <br />is conspicuously <br />absent in the following photo gallery, for a good reason. The pics come from her private files—she shot them all.<br />Mt-n<br />May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. <br />May God hold <br />you in the palm of His hand.<br />
  22. 22. Swinford, a market town, in County Mayo on Route N5, lies on a tributary of the famed River Moy.<br />Our starting point<br />
  23. 23. Courtesy of Tom Fairchild: Swinford our 1st sojourn.<br />
  24. 24. from where we set out each morning seeking adventure<br /> to where we returned for warmth and love<br /> where we sat at the kitchen table for a hearty meal and a boisterous argument on measures of LTC quality.<br />Home is …<br />
  25. 25. Home is …<br />…where the neighbor’s pooch<br />greeted us every morning !<br />
  26. 26. …where the neighbors got very familiar with our non-designer wardrobe. <br />Home is <br />
  27. 27. Irish history: Religious footnotes<br />History is the womb that nourishes Irish daily life<br />
  28. 28. When they die, they lie beside their ancestors<br />
  29. 29. Founded by St Maolcethair (died in 636)<br />
  30. 30. The only thing new in this world <br /> is the history you don’t know<br />
  31. 31. The Cross of Cong <br />Made and ornamented<br />for King Connact<br /> (died in 1156 AD).<br />
  32. 32. Christ Church was founded after Irish King SitricSilkenbeard made a pilgrimage to Rome in 1028<br />Both the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic Church officially claim it.<br />In practice, the former has held it since the Reformation.<br />
  33. 33. Christ Church is built on these ruins of the Augustinian monastery (1163-1537 AD).<br />The monks lived here and prayed for sinners like Henry VIII who confiscated all Catholic property.<br />VT-N advances ecumenism.<br />Chats with Dean of the Cathedral.<br />
  34. 34. St. Patrick’s Cathedral. <br />It was built between 1191 and 1270.<br />At this site St. Patrick baptized converts.<br />It is the largest church in Ireland.<br />
  35. 35. Irish history: Famine footnotes<br />The non-famished<br /> wait for the Famine Museum <br />
  36. 36. The Brits packed half-naked Irish in sailing ships, poorly built and unseaworthy, that came to be known as the famine coffin ships.<br />
  37. 37. Irish history: Titanic--The Irish Connection<br /><ul><li>Titanic was built, </li></ul> crewed, and travelled on<br /> mostly by the Irish.<br />Last picture <br />of the Titanic<br /><ul><li> It was constructed in the Belfast shipyard</li></ul> notorious for its “no Catholics need apply” policies<br /><ul><li> Irishman Thomas Andrew designed the Titanic
  38. 38. Irish oak forests were raided to build it</li></li></ul><li>The Titanic<br /><ul><li>It carried the super-rich in I Class
  39. 39. It put the poor emigrating</li></ul> to the New World in III Class.<br /><ul><li>It held these like prisoners; they were the last to leave the ship.
  40. 40. 40% from the I Class and 75% from the III Class perished.
  41. 41. The British Inquiry into the disaster was a disgraceful whitewash.</li></li></ul><li>Irish history: Irish excel at mutiplication<br />The Irish Diaspora<br />Irish emigrants and their descendants, outside Ireland total over 80 million,<br />i.e., 13 times the 6.2 million population of North and South Ireland.<br />
  42. 42. Irish history: The Irish Diaspora<br />It is a parade of heavy weights, feather weights and dead weights<br />Discern the Irish character from the following sample of the good, the bad and the ugly among the emigres.<br />
  43. 43. Stars and lesser lights of the Irish export.<br />Anne Boleyn<br />Bill Maher  <br />Bill O'Reilly <br />Bruce Springsteen<br />Catherine Zeta-Jones<br />Diana, Princess of Wales<br />Eugene O'Neill <br />Gene Kelly  <br />George Clooney <br />Georgia O'Keefe<br />
  44. 44. Stars and lesser lights of the Irish export<br />Henry Ford <br />John F. Kennedy <br />John Wayne <br />Judy Garland<br />Lee Harvey Oswald <br />Lucille Ball <br />Maureen O'Hara <br />Merv Griffin <br />Paul McCartney plus JL, GH <br />
  45. 45. Stars and lesser lights of the Irish export<br />Peter O'Toole<br />Pierre Trudeau <br />Princess Grace of Monaco<br />Richard J. Daley <br />Robert De Niro<br />Ronald Reagan <br />Sean Hannity<br />Stephen Colbert <br />Tony Blair<br />
  46. 46. Now consider the super-novas in the constellation of the Irish Diaspora.<br />Mary Tellis-Nayak <br />Karen Love<br />Bill Keane <br />V. Tellis-Nayak <br />(Irish by contamination)  <br />
  47. 47. New sensations<br />Lasting impressions<br />Precious memories<br />
  48. 48. We zigzagged<br />Across<br />the Irish map<br />Via highways & byways,<br />Up rocky hills <br />And down prickly<br />fields <br />Dodging cow chips <br />And other surprises<br />with <br />Bill at the wheel<br /> Karen reading theroad signs, and<br />some naughty limericks<br />that added laughter to our joy.<br />
  49. 49. “There are no strangers here. <br /> Only friends who have never met.”<br />
  50. 50. The wonder land !<br />
  51. 51. God’s Rock Garden<br />
  52. 52. 1.7 Rock of the ages<br />Rock Creations<br />
  53. 53. Rock Formations<br />
  54. 54. Rock of all Ages<br />
  55. 55. Ubiquitous stone fences<br />
  56. 56. Cliffs of Moher: <br />Vote to select CoM as a Natural wonder of the world<br />
  57. 57.
  58. 58. Vote for CoM<br />
  59. 59. Ireland <br />In summer and in shadow<br />
  60. 60. When Irish hearts are happy, <br />All the world seems bright and gay<br />
  61. 61. Hear the lilt of Irish laughter<br />
  62. 62. 1.6from glen to glen<br />
  63. 63. in lush meadows<br />
  64. 64. on rolling dales and in hushed valleys<br />
  65. 65. and down the mountain side<br />
  66. 66. the summer’s come !<br />
  67. 67. and all the flowers are smiling !<br />
  68. 68. When Irish eyes are smiling  Sure, 'tis like the morn in Spring.<br />
  69. 69. The Irish animal kingdom<br />
  70. 70. As Paddy does, cows come home … <br />
  71. 71. …in no particular hurry<br />
  72. 72. Who has the right of way?<br />
  73. 73. Don’t ask. You don’t.<br />
  74. 74. And you can do nothing about it. <br />
  75. 75. St Brendan’s fosterage guarded by<br /> a bad-tempered bull<br />
  76. 76. The view that nurtured St Brendan’s missionary vision (484-488 AD)<br />
  77. 77. The fighting Irish: Alpha Bull picks on VT-N <br />The bullocks are itching to join the fray<br />
  78. 78. Bird’s eye view<br />
  79. 79. MTN’s eye view<br />
  80. 80. This Alpha Swan <br />
  81. 81. from this swanee river…<br />
  82. 82. furiously chased off Bill (indiscreet & curious) <br />
  83. 83. Wool:<br />3 bags full<br />
  84. 84. Wool:<br />No bags full<br />
  85. 85. Mary had a foolish lamb,<br />It sat on an electric pylon.<br />Ten thousand volts shot up her ass<br />And turned her wool into nylon.<br />
  86. 86. Mary had a little lamb,<br />Butthe price of meat displeased her.<br />Tonight she's having a leg of lamb,<br />The rest is in the freezer.<br />
  87. 87. Mary had a little lamb,<br />The doctors were surprised.<br />When old MacDonald had a farm,<br />They could not believe their eyes.`<br />
  88. 88. Proceed on to Parts 2 and 3<br />