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The Barna Way Springs Into Life

The Barna Way Springs Into Life Despite all the challenges of the Pandemic we are continuing to enjoy Spring and all our projects here at The Barna Way. We are really focusing on biodversity, food and habitats this year. We are enjoying working with Dr Barry O Donoghue who has been conducting a...

Take Heed: We Need Culture For Our Spirits

Take Heed: We Need Culture For Our Spirits I wrote this poem for artists, musicians, singers, poets and writers who have found themselves out of work during the pandemic. We need to value artists and and remember that we need culture for our spirits now more than any other time. Take heed when theatres close...

Last Hug: A Morning Melody with Singer Katie O Connor

Last Hug: A Morning Melody with Singer Katie O Connor Lovely to start the day with a morning melody from the wonderful performer Katie O Connor, singing a song I wrote called ‘Last Hug’. Thank you Katie for doing such a beautiful cover. I think we are all realising how precious hugs are in this pandemic and...

The Demise of Mrs Doyle

The Demise of Mrs Doyle Wrote this new poem called The Demise of Mrs Doyle about the hazards of Irish hospitality in the context of Covid 19. You can listen to it here on soundcloud:   Mrs. Doyle’s Demise I hear a knock on the door Then hear the voice of Joan Do you mind if I come in?...

This could be the last hug for a while

This could be the last hug for a while I wrote this song in response to these extraordinary pandemic times. At the start of the first lockdown my dad said ‘this could be the last hug for a while’. I sobbed when he left, not knowing when I would see my parents and family again. Its hard to...

We want to leave a woodland

We want to leave a woodland A Happy Holly-day for one of our native species as Lisa, Rena and friends plant 500 hollies on their land in Ballybunion on the Solstice A desire to “leave a woodland for the generations to come” was the motivation behind a project on the Winter Solstice...

Legacy of Lixnaw: The Floating Flagstone

Legacy of Lixnaw: The Floating Flagstone ‘Legacy of Lixnaw’ was filmed at the Old Court, Lixnaw, Co Kerry. The camera takes us through the site of the ancient palace, the seat of the Fitzmaurices. Narrated by local historian, Pat Joe Gilbert, it weaves the story of this space in times long past…the decadent...

A month of Eating Irish Food, Ellie O Byrne, The Irish Times

A month of Eating Irish Food, Ellie O Byrne, The Irish Times The answer lies in my growing personal awareness of the damage to humans and to the environment by our increasingly globalised food supply chain. It’s also to do with Kerry-based artist and food activist Lisa Fingleton. Fingleton the founder of a growing movement...

The Local Food Project: Greenbites Podcast by Ellie O Byrne

The Local Food Project: Greenbites Podcast by Ellie O Byrne Could YOU live on foods only grown in Ireland for a month each year? Lisa Fingleton is the author of The Local Food Project, based on her 30-day Local Food Challenge: Each September she invites people to try eating only food grown in Ireland. Her partner Rena Blake is...

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