Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Fenagh Parade

Fenagh’s 1st St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Old Rectory

St. Patrick’s Day has changed completely from when I was a child when we wore our shamrock to mass and that was pretty much that.  It was a religious day to be observed.  Now it is predominantly about parades and the getting together of communities and socialising.  Not sure what St. Patrick thinks of that but one way or the other his name still continues to be celebrated around the world where ever Irish people have set down roots.

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The Old Rectory – Leitrim

The Fall of a Majestic old tree

The Fall of a Majestic old tree

The Old Rectory Country Home Leitrim

Anyone who has stayed with us will know we are surrounded by beautiful old trees, I wake every morning to trees and after a storm I open the shutters and take a look out the windows and do a survey around the other windows in the house.  I did that very thing after the last storm and was delighted to see them all still standing.  And I headed out to bring the dogs for their morning walk and there they were out of view of the house, but two of our oldest trees didn’t make it through our most recent storm.  They fell pretty much side by side, it may sound silly to some but I feel their loss strongly.  We have planted 100’s of trees since we moved into The Old Rectory, and we have 60 trees to be planted over the next couple of weeks, but it will be 200 years before they will reach the majestic stage that the two we lost last week.  www.theoldrectoryireland.com

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The Old Rectory – New Beginnings

The Joy of a New Year

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

The New Year has begun, and it has many sides, the first is nature brought to the fore with the arrival of the first lambs of the year, lambs have to be one of the cutiest babies and I am always amazed by how they feel and the curiosity they have for life, when they are in a gang together they are so much fun to watch as they create games and head off on adventures together.  They show us a care free life we sometimes forget to live as we get caught up in things that ultimately do not matter.  Look out for the arrival of the lambs as you are out and about and hopefully some of their joy for living will come into your life.

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The Old Rectory – Leitrim

Murder Mystery Weekend – Leitrim

Murder Mystery at The Old Rectory

Murder Mystery at The Old Rectory

With two Murders at The Old Rectory in Leitrim this past weekend you can imagine there was some serious detective work going on. Many thanks to Brady Insurance for having their Christmas party with us and also Gillian’s Hen party.

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The Cavan Burren

The Cavan Burren

Cavan Burren

Cavan Burren

The Cavan Burren is only 35 minutes from The Old Rectory, Leitrim and the drive there is beautiful it is close to The Shannon Pot and the road there is also the route of the Kingfisher Cycle trail.  It has been on my list for some time now and somehow all the rest of the family have been there with different tours.  The interpretive centre is beautifully done with big displays and lots of information on the geography of the area and stories of the Giants grave and the Calf house.  This autumn I think has been exceptional for colour and mushrooms, and the light that has shown them off to their best.   There are a number a walks of varying lengths and fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.  They have a Winter Solstice guided walk there on the 18th of December.

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