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Author and writer Felicity Hayes-McCoy had a connection with Corca Dhuibhne (the Dingle peninsula) from an early age. (The Irish language is the language of the locals there.) But it was only later that she and her husband purchased a house there. Now they spend part of their time on this peninsula of Ireland that sticks out into the Atlantic ocean.
What you’ll hear
- How people on the Dingle peninsula have “a way of looking at life that is deeper, richer and wiser”
- How music and storytelling in Irish are still an integral part of the community there
- Why you don’t need to travel to west County Kerry to find that sense of belonging
- How the ancient Celts viewed the passing seasons
- Felicity’s childhood tradition for Oíche Shamhna (Hallowe’en)
Mentioned in the show
- The House on an Irish Hillside by Felicity Hayes McCoy (Facebook link)
- Felicity’s blog: special shout-out for her photos on Winding down towards Winter
- Bothántaíocht: a “travelling house” where people would meet and socialise
- The meaning of Corca Dhuibhne (pronounce something like KUR-kah GWEE-nah): ‘the territory of the people of the goddess Danu’, the earth-mother of the ancient Celts
- Hy-Brasil – Ireland’s Atlantis island??
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9 thoughts on “How life goes on on the Dingle peninsula, even in mid Winter, with Felicity Hayes-McCoy (Ep. 6)”
is that your cute wee baby boy eoin?
Liam is our little boy, you probably hear him in the background in some of the podcasts 🙂
Huge thanks to Eoin for inviting me to do this podcast with him. It was great to chat and I’m delighted that people have enjoyed listening.
I learned a lot chatting with you. It was a pleasure, and hoping there’ll be a next time.
A lot of fun, and brilliantly explained about the thinning of the worlds around this time. It might have even given me goosebumps…
A lovely way with words, Felicity.
Go raibh mile maith agaibh!
PS Sidenote – you’ve probably seen this already: http://www.doegen.ie/ – it’s a lot of fun for old tales and songs! The good old internet saving the oldest ones from disappearing away too quickly 🙂
Luke, that’s an excellent link.
Thanks for listening.
It’s a wonderful link and I’m so glad to have found it. Thanks, Luke.
I have so very much enjoyed reading “The House on an Irish Hillside”. Reading it, you feel as though you are sitting at Felicity’s fireside with a lovely cup of tea and listening to her tell the story of her life. This interview this morning has made her seem like a dear neighbor and friend. Thank you so much for having her on. I did, in fact, have a cup of tea and enjoyed every word. We in America, have lost so much of the way of life that Felicity describes and she causes me to long for those days all the more.
A fan forever, Mary Lou
I’m glad this let you get closer to Felicity. And good idea having the cuppa tae with you 🙂