When a good writer dies….

“Since I began to

Look up at your psalm

All of the instruments

Have turned into birds……”

Dermot Healy died on June 29th 2014.

A woman call me earlier that afternoon just to talk about him.

I hadn’t seen Dermot since April. I couldn’t tell her anything. She was so distraught it was annoying, if she wanted to speak to him she should just pick up the phone.She was no stranger to him, he worked with her on a book of her poetry, he wrote a beautiful introduction for it, the book was published this year by a London press….she had his phone number. She called me instead.

I was working. Had a writing deadline of my own. Had two writing deadline on the same day. But everything was fine, everything was in hand. Fifty pages of a new novel was just about ready, a few tiny details to add or remove, the competition deadline was Monday 30th June……The second deadline was a new script development for a New York/Irish company. Same deal… tiny details to be added or removed… as a friend/editor said to me, ” Revision is a miraculous process.”  And it’s true.   So…   Two pieces . The play was based on the first chapter of the novel. The novel  begun as a collection of short stories. Dermot Healy read these stories and told me to write the book. He told me he didn’t want to see it until it was finished.

Everything was finished on Sunday night. I took a breath and check my messages. Dermot Healy had died at approximately 9pm Sunday night.

When a good writer dies……

When a good teacher dies…

When a good mentor dies….

When a good friend dies…

…..it’s so fuck eh.Garden flowers 050 thanks for clicking in


always eileen

Blowing the Shadows Away

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Ireland has had a major breakthrough in national,local and European elections.

The public has decided to bring in fresher, independant faces that aren’t tied to the political parties of the old, elite schools.

I hardly thought that it would happen.

This country has felt very conservative to me and throughout the past 14 years I’ve watched, with my mouth slightly hung open at the passive stance that most people shared while the Ruling Others blatantly rape our natural resources, our heritage, our civil liberties and self esteem.

……………………..Now a new wind is blowing………………………………..

And it feels,

…Sea Driven………Earth Bound………………and Compatible.

It feel….. Harmonic.


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Alright then.


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Always Eileen

Stopping at the Crossroads

STOP says the White Horse

And I have to wonder whether anyone else sees the signs?

This one … and the myriad of others all begging for attention, eyeballing for a reaction.

Belfast people walking

Lately I’ve been writing a song on a Tenor Guitar. Its a beautiful instrument, deep in tone, lovely to look at. I don’t how to play it even though it has four strings like the Ukulele. The tuning is standard guitar tuning . You can tune the ukulele to that, most people do but I’m a strictly “My dog has fleas”  kinda player….

Thats- A /D/F# /B tuning for the music heads…


I can only give four stringed instruments a go. Six strings makes my brain weep.

Since the dog died I’ve also had my fiddle out its case. A delightful four string’er if ever there was one. I can’t play that either but I love’s the screeching sound.

Bless that old mutt, such a sensative creature. Mind you, I am a really shitty fiddle player, the dog had it right – ‘ Leave …leave now before she starts to enjoy herself.’

I can’t help it, I love the scratching… privately that is, I’m not THAT keen for public rejection.

But I know a little about what works. And the new song of the tenor guitar is shaping into something that…might just swing.


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The chorus goes …………………….”How many visions do we need to make it work?”

“How many visions do we need?”



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And for those who followed the Sunshine Bites series, a new set of videos are in the pipeline.

Be afraid…if not morally then socially.

all the best

always eileen







Let’s weight it up

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Ever been to a place that hold time in front of your eyes?

A space where your lies and your truths sit like fruit in a salad bowl

Echoing a moment

Leaving out the grit or the perfection

But keeps the essence in a sieve


October 2013 114                                                                                                   I’m watching things now with a different clarity.

Like someone who finally undestands the rules of a rugby match

I’m watching with a keener appreciation

Dec 2013 053Like someone who has less year in front of her than

And more years behind

And frankly my dears…….. I really don’t mind!

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sunshine bites.. really…. shines…really…bites!


always eileen

January 20th ….2014….This week…

Hello there, thanks for clicking in.

If you’re here for further information about the Energy Festival this weekend Jan 25th 26th /14 at the Boghill Centre Co Clare then scroll away to the next post and there’s links that you can link away to….

If you’re here because you’ve read or seen this….

writing practise 2014 better poster…. Then hello .

I’ll be running this  “Writing Practise” at the Oaktree Councilling Centre in Hartley beginning Feb 4th for the month. The aim is to get back into the practise of writing for longer than it take to make a shopping list. This entails timed writing exercises, engaging the fingers in a more sublte and strenghting postion and bringing back the flow from pen to page.

For any further information and to book your place

Please email me at artistinireland@gmail.com or call me 086 1565447


always eileen


The Energy Festival Jan 25th/26th 2014

The Boghill Centre in County Clare is celebrating the opening of a new hall with an Energy Festival Jan 25th / 26th.  There are some taster workshopers avaible such as yoga, singing, chaklra balancing, belly dancing,tarot reading and much much more… In fact I’ll be there, giving a taste of….

” Puppet Articulation and Tuning  your Frequency when working with Special Needs”   

This is a hand-on  practical workshop, all puppets are provided. 

Workshop is one hour long

Saturday 25th- 12:45-13:45

In the Big Hall   5euro.IMG_8040I’ve never been to the Boghill Centre and I’m really looking forward to being on the Burren  …. !!!



If you venture to this festival be sure to say hello !

All the best

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always eileen


And a very good year to you too !!

steep sunlite stone steps                         ”Been down so long, looks like up to me!”


2014 has that kinda of energy to it, doesn’t it?!…. Good, good, good.

So, from me to you I say , hello and welcome to  it. There is a cavalcade of activity bubbling from yours truly and ya ‘d  think I’d be able to show and tell in one easy step… sadly no. I can’t even get the old Facebook link up and running which is where you’ll see videos of me singing my tired little heart out in New York City last fall and my lastest info commercial about a writing workshop I’m giving in February in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim.

I gotta tell ya, I’ve been working on this new web site  since the summer and bygod.. ……..IT WILL BE MINE…..

Yessss,…one day…..  my new site will be certainly a sight for sore eyes.

Still… if you want me…..Call me….. 086 1565447   ( Irish time please)

selfprotraitJan 2013 014This is my current FB profile picture should you go Eileen-a-Hunting

I don’t usually look this way, my mustache is far more pronounced.

Oh yes and I’m on Sound Cloud too!  yeah.. I’m happy with that. Posting new ukulele hits by yrs truly and though I might not have the hang of that either ( posting properly that is – I upload a new song, post it and entire catalog gets re-posted. No. no, no…. I’m doing something fundamentally incorrect, that much is true… and can I link it up for quick and easy access? ?    In a pigs eye.)  Once again, if you can find me, you can listen to me!  Ah jaysus now,   it’ll be worth the wait!

 Hmmmm this whole, P.R. thing will turn around.. It will turn around, I tell ya.. You’ll be able to connect me just by thinking about me and voila there’ll I’ll be, on time …. right outside yer window.  

Can’t wait huh !!!…. me too!!………………………..So,

There you have it ladies and gentlemen.

A big thanks to the Kinlough Fundraising Event for one of the local playschools the Sunday before Christmas, that was a delightful show and a pleasure to meet all of  you; as well as thank you to the Leitrim Library Services that brought me in to entertain the childers throughout November and December. That would be the Manor Hamilton Branch, the Carrick-on-Shannon Branch, the Carricallen Branch and our very own Drumshanbo Branch.

eileen and puppy( This picture was taken by Patrick Anderson McQuaid. back in the year God was born)


Of course I must give a nod to my all time round favorite clients,The Severely Disabled Actors of Dochas and St Francis, Glenamaddy and Kilkerrin, Co Galway and their tremendous effort last year with our musical “The Farm Show”.

Some of those songs are posted on Sound Cloud- check it out!

So from my dog and me….Cheers-have a hellva year and….

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Always, Eileen





November arrives with sun and rain and a little surprise…..

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Yesterday some I trust asked me to define “my purpose”.

October 2013 265                                    Normally…….

when I asked myself that….. I come up a clear answer.

but not yesterday.

A cool post outside Toni's studio

I answered  the question……

as if  I had never considered it before.

Like the exercise was a far reaching step for me.

I felt like a fool.

October 2013 114            And that was an old bang to the self esteem.

Feeling foolish. Feeling uncertain.


When this year began I did not know that would be I dropping so many things that were once dear to me.  Now, they no longer served their purpose

What seems to be left is empty doorways, a missing step.

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..until another something takes its place.

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I’m strangely draw to the question of what a parent wishes for their child.

Wonder if those wishes ever fade.

Even in adulthood, does the parent ever let the tender strings drop.

October 2013 070Lets say I birth myself, ………no…no….stop……….. that’s all too whoo whoo somehow…..

October 2013 218                I wish to be practical here, but it’s like glass orbs in a kiln.

October 2013 176                                               Dangerous and brilliant.

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I                 Feel like this bobble, so I do. Not perfect but not needing to be..

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.What is my purpose?……………….

Between two buidlings, a bridge

                    What is my purpose?

evening time by Brooklyn Bridge

 What do I bridge?

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(P.S. the last two pictures were taken by my good friend Toni Josephson. She is the video photographer and web master for the artist that is Kung Fu Master Lawrence Tan. The shots were taken in Sept 2013 in Dumbo Brooklyn New York City. For more on their work…..www.tandao.com  )






It’s not a blur to me.

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I like the memory of a new year.

The promise of promises.

Sleeping seeds dreaming green

Jan 2013 003Different kind of light in the new year

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Different kind of play


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Different imagination.

Different dreams



Half way through this year I’m taken to the task of memory



Why have I done certain things a certain way?



Was the effort worthy of the dream?

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Was the dream worthy of the effort?

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March 2013 226 There are a million dreams on mine, rubbed out, stamped on.


March 2013 219And a million more out of my reach. A million more raised as banners. March 2013 194



Dancing and diving

Failing and flyingMarch 2013 218 And this year we have finished with a good few things as well.

The seven year cycle still holds true for yours truly.

so long Pigs

good night Graham

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The window is wet with water not wet from weeping.


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I haven’t posted since April because I dreamed of building a new web site. Its a long dream. Taking its time in becoming lucid.

And frankly I missed seeing my photos in space so we’re dipping our fingers back into the colours that is ‘artist in ireland’.



yeah, I know it pisses people off…where’s the continuity ? where’s the craftmanship? where’s the fecking art?



Its’ not a blur to me.

once again…thanks for clicking in.

always eileen