Summer officially started yesterday!!!!

I made a mistake. I was about to tell you that today is the summer solstice, but if I were to say that I would be wrong for yesterday was the longest day and officially marked midsummer. 

“This year’s summer solstice takes place a day earlier than it’s been for the past three years, due to the fact that 2012 is a leap year—this February got an extra day, to keep our calendar year of 365 days in sync with the astronomical year, which is about 365.24 days.”


May I suggest a motto for summer 2012:  

Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions louder than your words.


Festivals on both sides of the Atlantic

If you are planning a visit to the Kingdom this summer, please plan your trip to coincide with our Week of Welcomes. New events are being added all the time. Danny Russell is planning a Family and Gardens Festival on the same weekend with Dog Show, Talent Competition and garden visits.  I’ll bring you more details of this as soon as they are available .

Meanwhile, take a look again at NKRO’s lineup and contact us if you are interested in any or all of the events.


If you are lucky enough to live in sunny San Diego, you might like to support this:

Presented by San Diego Youth Gaelic Football (SDYGAA)

For more information regarding “A Taste of Ireland” or San Diego Youth Gaelic Football, please visit


Caroline O’Callaghan sings Many Young Men of Twenty here:


One Listowel shop has closed and one is about to open: Delicates on Charles St. has ceased trading and we are soon to have a new toyshop in Olde Mill Lane. I’ll keep you posted.


I took this photo during Writers’ Week 2005. You’ll recognize a few faces.


This photo is captioned “Shaped by history” and is part of a collection in The Hunt Museum in Limerick.


Sorchadh Wood spotted this in Clontarf, Co. Dublin yesterday and sent it to