Reflecting on Ireland

Happy Paddy's DayIt’s Paddy’s Day. In case you don’t already know, I lived in Galway, Ireland for a number of years. The place is magical and important to me.

I traveled to Ireland back in 1996, as part of a solo backpacking adventure. I began my journey in London and traveled up through Wales to Ireland. I fell in love with it there.

In 1998, I left Toronto to move to Galway for one full year. I wanted to stay for a full year, so that I wasn’t just another tourist there for the summer months. I wanted to feel the harshness of the winter and be there with the locals when tourism season was over.

Little did I know that I would meet my wife, Heather, in Galway. Little did I know that we would end up married, with children, living in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s funny where life takes you.

A Song For Ireland

“Song for Ireland” was written by Phil Colclough, but my favorite version is by Dick Gaughan #. This song so perfectly captures my life, and life in general in Ireland. All troubles aside, both financially and politically, it’s still a place I would love to end up again one day.


Walking all the day
By tall towers where falcons build their nests
Silver-winged they fly
They know the call of freedom in their breasts
Saw Black Head against the sky
Where twisted rocks they run to the sea

Living on your western shore
Saw summer sunsets, asked for more
I stood by your Atlantic Sea
And sang a song for Ireland

Drinking all the day
In old pubs where fiddlers love to play
Saw one touch the bow
He played a reel which seemed so grand and gay
Stood on Dingle Beach and cast
In wild foam we found Atlantic bass

Talking all the day
With true friends who try to make you stay
Telling jokes and news
Singing songs to pass the time away
Watched the Galway salmon run
Like silver dancing, darting in the sun

Dreaming in the night
I saw a land where no one had to fight
Waking in your dawn
I saw you crying in the morning light
Sleeping where the falcons fly
They twist and turn all in your air-blue sky