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I mentioned in a recent blog that we had visited the Greek island of Samos for the wedding of our son Owen to Marina. Her Dad Manny was born in the tiny village of Stavrinides which is situated in vineyard country, high up in the mountains of Samos. As a young fellow he immigrated to

By |2018-01-08T12:41:43+00:00July 28th, 2016|Categories: Family|0 Comments

Owen and his best man Vince

I mentioned in a recent blog how Owen’s best man Vincent Groarke had surpassed himself by singing a love song in the Greek language to Owen and Marina at their recent wedding on the enchanting Greek Island of Samos. I knew that I had a photo somewhere taken on the beach at Fountainstown near Cork

By |2018-01-25T09:33:29+00:00June 30th, 2016|Categories: Family|0 Comments

Fota Wildlife Park

As you drive east from Cork to Waterford you drive past three of Cork’s islands. The first is Little Island where Cork Golf Club is located and then on to Fota Island. Drive past the mile long wall of The Fota Estate and you come to the bridge that brings you across the water to

By |2016-03-31T11:05:57+00:00March 31st, 2016|Categories: Family|0 Comments

World jigsaw championship!

I have just googled “world under two jigsaw championship” and to my extreme disappointment couldn’t find any information whatsoever on any such an event. I discovered all right that in 2013 in England there was a jigsaw tournament which the organiser suggested was the first one ever held. It was won by a teacher Emma

By |2018-08-20T15:18:22+00:00February 11th, 2016|Categories: Family|0 Comments

Back to nature

In June 1956 there was a nasty polio epidemic in Cork and many people caught the disease and suffered some serious health issues. Many years later some of the polio sufferers were also diagnosed with Post-Polio symptoms of muscle degeneration. When the polio outbreak happened in Cork a good friend of our family Dr Billy

By |2018-08-20T15:32:30+00:00May 12th, 2015|Categories: Family|0 Comments