Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Flowers Bloom and The Rain Also Falls

Ibiza - photo by Helen Tilston
It has been a difficult and different year.    The death of my youngest brother in May left a hole in our day to day lives.   My childhood school friend, Mary, also left this world in November.   Upon reflection,  I am grateful that I was able to spend the summer visiting my friend Mary in hospital, reminiscing, laughing and singing.   Upon graduation Mary joined the Irish Times, where she worked her entire life.  She had a wonderful singing voice and loved Elvis Presley and an Irish rock star called Joe Dolan.  Like many in Ireland who have a song they sing when asked; Mary's party piece was:
"Saturday Night at the Movies"

Mary was very good looking and a natural blonde. She had a quick wit which often got us into hot water.  I recall one time when she visited me in Toronto and we took a bus to New York.  At the border between Canada and the USA, Canadian  Customs and Immigration boarded the bus, checked our passports and asked what did we acquire while in the USA.  Mary's response was:  "Ah just a few phone numbers Officer". Everyone on the bus laughed but we were ushered off the coach and searched.   The Parting Glass for my dearly departed friend Mary Fanning.


The Parting Glass

Good Night and Joy be with you all.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Youghal- Aherne's- Coastal Living

The Get Away by Viioletta
One of my favourite restaurants in Ireland is Aherne's, located in the Historic Walled port of Youghal (Old Town Walls, built in 12th century are still intact) is one of Ireland's Heritage Towns and is seeped in history.  Sir Walter Raleigh was Mayor of this town.  Myrtle Grove his home is worth visiting.

When Katie Fitzgibbon, owner of Aherne's asked if we would exhibit our paintings in their dining room we were thrilled to be associated with this fine establishment.

Coastal Living Series 19 is now at Aherne's.

Should your travels take you to Ireland, Aherne's is a must.  

My cottage garden by Mary Rose Holmes

 Ballycotton Glow by Violetta

Summer's Dream by Mary Rose Holmes

Over the Sea; Under the Sky by Helen Tilston

It Takes Time  by Helen Tilston


Open turf fires and warmest of  welcomes await you in this family run hotel in historic walled port of Youghal.  Rooms are comfortable and luxurious, decorated with antiques and original art work. Their famous seafood bar and restaurant specializes in the freshest of local seafood: lobster, crab, prawns, mussels and salmon.  The FitzGibbon family have been running Aherne's since 1923 and the present owners, third generation, David and John and their wives Katie and Gaye are always on hand to extend a welcome and offer personal advice.
Aherne's is the perfect base for touring the South East, Waterford Crystal, Jameson Whiskey, Ballycotton, Ardmore, Lismore and Cork City are all in close proximity.

Aherne's is one of the exclusive properties featured in the prestigious "Ireland'sBlue Book"
Oysters and Guinness @ Aherne's
Open turf fires and the warmest of welcomes await you in this family run hotel in the Historic walled port o 

Youghal harbour

Cozy Fire @ Aherne's

Thank you for your kind words of condolence and prayers on my previous post.  They were greatly appreciated.  Thank you my friends.