The Pipe Is Calling


Hitting the clay.

Her tí, her rules.

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17 thoughts on “The Pipe Is Calling

  1. Kingfisher

    She’s bean-an-tí, why shouldn’t she smoke what she twinkle-pants well wants?

    Though if this were 1935, Broadsheet would moderate that twinkle-pants into a sparkle-britches.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Are you one of the lucky few who never had Peig drilled into them? There was a whole chapter about her running out of the oul baccy and going mad for a drag, ending up drying out the tea leaves from the pot and smoking them.
      My teacher thought this was a hoot. We did not.

        1. Slightly Bemused

          I am so traumatised, I really am not the person to ask. That being said, it is a good insight into the life of those times.

          If you want to know about life on the Blaskets, though, I can recommend Maurice Óg Ó Súilleabháin’s Fifty Years a-Growing (Fiche Bliain ag Fás, but I read it in English). He was a contemporary(ish) of Peigs, and without the lash of the Leaving Cert hanging over me, I found it much more readable.

        2. scottser

          You can’t just read it yourself, it has to be read to you on beautiful spring afternoons in a monotonous drawl and interspersed with lectures on how good young people have it nowadays by a tobacco-stinking hack of a muinteoir with one eye on the cane.

    2. Cú Chulainn

      That could be 1735, except we have photos then. How quickly Ireland has changed. She has amazing eyes.

      1. Janet, dreams of big guns

        Irish people’s eyes are their best quality, often large and an interesting shade of blue

  2. bisted

    …fifty years after that photo was taken the same scene could have been displayed in my county and I’m sure, every county…

  3. Harry

    She has a great shade of blue alright but you wander around those parts and they’re mostly the darkest brown, often (but mistakenly) attributed the the genes of shipwrecked Spanish sailors trading with Galway of which there were many, hence the Spanish arch and the “lynching” of Lynch’s son for the killing of a Spanish Prince over a woman in the city

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      and interestingly passed through the male line is the blue eyes and darker skin tones of the original hunter gathers and elite Neolithic, brown eyes and fairer skin introduced later along with agriculture, it’s a fairly new discovery as previously blue eyes were thought to come later with agriculture but actually precede it.

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