Cloch na Rón, Connemara, Ireland

Cloch na Rón, Connemara, Ireland

This village is Roundstone in English, but the Irish name is Cloch na Rón, Seal Rock. It reminded me of the village in my novel, Selkie’s Song, Ballinacurragh. My setting is North Clare, but these coastal villages have a customary appearance. Seals are a frequent sight and the vulnerable shores and strands are in more jeopardy than ever.
Muireann O’Malley, the heroine in my story, is a feisty environmentalist with a deep love of her country and culture.
One might say the story is “ripped from the headlines” of Ireland today. Salmon farms, off shore oil drilling and industrial fisheries do threaten the ecosystems of this beautiful and fragile land.
Please go to my website for more information about this and my other novels. http://www.clareaustin.com

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Ceol agus Craic.

IMG_4849What does that mean, anyway?

If you come to Ireland you’re going to get some…whether you like it or not.

Ceol is the music. In this case traditional Irish music. You can get it in a kitchen over tea and biscuits or in a pub with a pint. Often you get it on the street for a coin tossed in a fiddle case or simply for a smile. It is everywhere, like the sound of the sea birds, the wind that messes your hair and, on this island, the lilt of the spoken Irish language.

Craic? Oh, that’s another thing altogether. Hard to describe “craic” unless you are part of it. It almost always goes along with ceol and often with a pint of stout, although the new Irish consciousness about healthy living has slowed the pints a bit. A glass of fizzy water or a soft drink is just as useful when quenching the thirst brought on by enough craic.

Craic, simply put, is Irish fun. It isn’t a lonely pursuit. It takes people of a like sense of humor. Last night at one of the two pubs on our little island, the  craic was “up to ninety” and included plenty of music and dancing…at one point the dancing happened on a table top. Think Riverdance, Aran Island style!

If you want to know more about Ceol agus craic, check out my Fadó Trilogy, starting with Butterfly and Angel’s Share. The last book in this series was  released on Amazon Kindle yesterday, Selkie’s Song.

To read more about my books go to my website http://www.clareaustin.com

I guarantee a bit of ceol agus craic!

Did I say “live blog”?

Here I am in sunny Ireland and for some reason I thought blogging would be so easy. Not from Inis Oir! This lovely island off the coast of Galway is about as isolated as one can be in the 21st. century.

It is beautiful, rock covered and nearly treeless with a wide blue sky and silver seas today, but if you don’t like the weather, stick around for five minutes and it will be sure to change.

There is a certain lethargy that takes over in a place like this. Life is contrasts between the rush of the world and the pull of the past.

This diversity is one of the themes of my novel Selkie’s Song, available soon on Amazon Kindle.

Stay tuned. Now that I have the “island internet” sorted, the idea of live blogging from the land of saints and scholars is not so daunting.Image

The third book in the Fadó Trilogy is coming soon!

The third book in the Fadó Trilogy is coming soon!

Selkie’s Song

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