Friday 7 August 2009

PFF: Postcard Friendship on a Friday

Postmark Baile Atha Cliath, dated 31 July 2009.
Commissioners of Irish Lights, Kish Lighthouse. (1986)
Robert Ballagh.  Born in Dublin in 1943, Robert Ballagh is one of Ireland's leading artists, creating iconic painting and graphic design works.  As a graphic designer, he has produced over 60 stamps for An Post.

That information from the back of the card may ring a bell with some of the regular PFF-ers because it came from Con at Súile Eile.  He offered a postcard to each of the first 6 people who sent in their addresses and I was one of the lucky ones!!

But, you might think, I am interrupting my week of cathedrals.  No, I'm not, because with great kindness, Con has also sent me a photo he took of Christ Church in Dublin:

Isn't this a great photo?  There is an interesting history of the cathedral on its own website.  Thank you again, Con.

Before I finish, I must just add that when I learnt Irish as a very young child, we had to recite a little verse like this:

Lámh, lámh eile, a haon, a dó
Cos, cos eile, a haon, a dó
Súil, súile eile, a haon, a dó
Cluas, cluas eile, a haon, a dó

A hand, another hand, one two
A foot, another foot, one two
An eye, another eye, one two
An ear, another ear, one two.

As you can tell, I am now a fluent Irish speaker.  Maybe not.  I don't know whether this is why Con called his blog Súile Eile, but I think of it every time I visit.

A post for Postcard Friendship Friday.
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  1. I was one of the lucky ones too, and I received a card of the Dunkirk Observatory yesterday.

  2. Because I was born in a very small town on the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, I am enamoured with lighthouses. They're a thing of the past, but such a lovely historic icon. Your photo is wonderful. I am impressed that you speak Gaelic!

  3. Beautiful photo. And I love the postcard of the lighthouse. So cute. Happy weekend ahead :)

  4. Wish I could hear you recite that poem, I adore Gaelic and all things Irish! I just finished enjoying the Dublin, Ohio Irish Festival and had a wonderful time.

    Beautiful cathedral and lighthouse as well. Happy PFF.

  5. Sheila, what a lovely artistic postcard! If you visit my post for Friendship Friday I'd love it. But then you can scroll down to Ruby Tuesday (a few entries)on my blog and see that this week I created a postcard of the little RED lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge NY (my photo, my editing) and offered to send it out to anyone who would send me their home address... Let me know what you think. Erin go Bragh! :)

  6. I very much enjoyed this blog and your postcard! Happy PFF!

  7. Happy PFF. I'd like to hear the Gaelic spoken - it must be lovely.

  8. Sheila, I will gladly send you my home address by e-mail. My e-mail address is on my sidebar. Your e-mail link didn't work today my fault I'm sure but e-mail me with your home address and I'll send you a little RED lighthouse postcard from New York. And then I'll send you my home address... :)
    my blog link

  9. Teach solais, teach solais eile, a haon, a dó

  10. Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments.

    @Michelle, that weekend sounds so much fun. I don;t think I could possibly add anything by reciting the rhyme. My accent has gone to pot.

    @Mary, I'm getting in touch. :)

    @viridian, I don't know about lovely, at the time when I had to learn it, it was a chore. Looking back, of course I wish I'd paid more attention.

    @Max. Clever clogs. So where's the other lighthouse then? :) I had to look it up. The shame of it! Because I actually know the individual words...

  11. I haven't visited you before on PFF but stumbled upon your post through mellow yellow monday. Love your lighthouse, I love to paint lighthouses. Have a great day.

  12. I've been wondering what Súile Eile meant. Now I just need to know how to say it.

    When I visited Dublin about 10 years ago, we stayed in the hotel that is right across the street. Christchurch was the view I saw each morning. It is a beautiful building.


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