Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Poetry Day Ireland with The WRITE STUFF Kids Club

What better way to celebrate Poetry Day Ireland 2017 with The WRITE STUFF Kids Club than with
a selection of poems written by the children themselves. Over the past week, a number of children at the Muff and Greencastle groups have been writing 'Memory' poems and 'List' poems in celebration of our National Poetry Day. We have Heaney, Yeats, Kavanagh, Boland and more. But now we have many budding poets here in our wee club in Donegal.
Some of the children's work is included below:

Susie (aged 8)
I remember, I remember
The day I got my cat.
I put a blanket on her head,
She wore it like a hat

Áine (aged 8)
I remember when I went to Portugal
It was amazing
Someone jumped in the pool,
It was really cool.

Sophie (aged 6)
I remember, I remember
It was Christmas Day.
I got lots of books,
Now I read in every way.

I remember, I remember
When I went to the hospital
To meet my new baby cousin
The day when she was born.

I remember when
I accidentally  slammed the door
On Peadar's finger
He had to go to hospital

I remember, I remember
The time I was with my friend
We went to the cinema
And enjoyed SING through to the end.

I remember, I remember
When our house was getting built.
I climbed up a pile of gravel
And I got stuck.
Dad came up and got me
He brought me down and saved me.

I remember, I remember
When I was a cat
It was Halloween
And I sat on the mat.

Once I went to the beach
But I didn't take a peach.
I did not bring a table or a stable
I did take a bucket and a spade
Then I went home
Without a bone.

I remember, I remember
The day I met the dog
My cousin was all jolly
Cos her dog's name was Holly.

I remember, I remember
The Halloween that I sat
It felt so very cool
There on the mat.

I remember, I remember
I had a cat
It looks quite fat
The cat's quite goofy
And it looks poofy.

I remember, I remember
It was last November
A lovely day and it was my birthday
My friends and I ran all about
They they had to go home,
Oh what a night.

I remember, I remember
I had three little fish
The swam around in a little dish
My three little fish.

I remember, I remember
The cat that wears a hat
And sits n a mat
With his friend called Pat.

I remember, I remember
When I went to America
I got called out of the pool
I was floating on water
So cool.

I remember, I remember
I had two cats
They had four kittens three times
And they loved hearing rhymes.
One cat was named Pat
Who sat in my hat
And then I splited in two!

I remember, I remember
One day Mummy made some buns.
They were yummy
In my tummy
I remember, I remember
After the buns
We went to the park
And had a lot of fun.

I remember, I remember
When I saw Emma
For the first time
When the time went chime.

I remember, I remember
The first day with
Grainne McCool.
It was mad and crazy,
But also kinda cool!

The bark of a dog
The oink of a pig
The meow of a cat
A moo is a cow
A hoot of an owl.

I remember, I remember
The day I went to Dunlewy
Lots of fun in the park
Stayed there until dark.

The roar of a dragon
Meow says the cat
Bark, bark, there goes a dog
Ba, ba, I love lambs
Neigh, is that a horse?

I remember, I remember
It was Christmas night
There was completely no light
I could hear the reindeer
Ready for their flight.
I loved that Christmas night.

The hiss of a snake
The woof of a dog
The growl of a wolf
The oink of a pig
The hoot of an owl
The purr of a cat.

I remember, I remember
Her bright sparkling eyes
The little doggy Flash
In bed happily she lies.

I remember, I remember
When my cousin was born
I don't know much, but
I know Connie had rectangle glasses!

I remember, I remember
The day I went on a horse
The Sea Scouts were all there
That horse had lots of hair.

These children are all aged between 6 - 12. What a very fitting tribute for today, National Poetry Day 2017 here in Ireland. Very proud of each and every one of these children.


Friday, 7 April 2017

George Ezra is coming to Derry

‘TOP SECRET Tour’ to include Forum date
The Millennium Forum has announced that hugely popular singer/songwriter, George Ezra will bring his ‘TOP SECRET Tour’ to the cityside venue next month.   The ‘Budapest’ singer will perform on Saturday27th May and tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 7th April from and are priced £24.00 (standing) and £26.00 (seated) - booking fees may apply.
The ‘Top Secret Tour’ sees George make his Forum debut in a jaunt around Ireland which kicks off in Belfast before travelling to Dublin and Limerick.
He will debut brand new songs for the first time across gigs at intimate venues. Pre-sale begins 9am, 5 April(sign up by 12pm, 4 April for access via  General sale from 9am, 7 April. Visit  &  for full ticket information.

“There is no need for me to point out the fact that I’ve been fairly quiet over the last year,” says George. “But I’d like to reassure you all that I’ve been beavering away at what will one day be my second record. It took a second to work out what it was that I wanted to write about, and then how to approach the writing and recording process.”
“I don’t want to give too much away regarding the record, but I do want to invite you all to join me on my first tour back. This tour will be like no other that I have done before for many reasons, but mostly because it will be the first time that a lot of brand new songs are played live. There will be a few new band members and we will be working out what the best set list is and what the best way to present the songs will be. We will focus less on smoke and mirrors and more on building the best show that we possibly can. We will of course be playing all of the classic George Ezra singalong numbers too!”
“COME AND JOIN US! But don’t let the cat out of the bag, this tour is top secret...”
George Ezra will perform at the Millennium Forum on Saturday 27th May.  Tickets go on sale at 9am onFriday 7th April from


Craft Beer Club Ireland

It's always great to discover a new business. It's even better to discover it's a local business! Today I did just this. And it involves BEER. Now that can't be bad.
Craft Beer Club Ireland is a local club based right here in Inishowen and is aiming to provide clients with new and exciting beers brewed here on the island of Ireland from numerous local microbreweries.

The club is offering a selection of packages which in turn sends a selection of the said beers to its clients (you) to enjoy, discover, savour and share among friends. A perfect way to celebrate that special occasion.
Craft Beer Club Ireland started as a group of friends who were passionate about having good craic and good beer.  We would scour Ireland trying to find beers that we hadn’t tried before to share between us and in recent years have been spoiled with the number of microbreweries popping up all over the country.
Our shared passion for seeing local ingredients and local breweries producing small batches of quality beer led us to develop the idea of this club, so we could share these exclusive beers with like-minded people who want something a bit more than the stuff that fills the supermarket shelves.  At Craft Beer Club Ireland we do the leg work for you and specially select the beers for you so you don’t have to.
 We will send you a parcel once a month with delicious locally produced craft beer and a newsletter featuring the story behind the beer, the Master Brewers who make it, information about the brewery, their other products and where to get more! There are many many exciting new beers out there - all with unique names, ingredients and flavours - all just waiting to be discovered!
Craft Beer Club aims to be Ireland's most popular craft beer discovery club. They want to support local brewers by building a community of Craft Beer lovers across the country. They aim to be known for providing a quality experience and service to all who avail of the service. 
All you have to do is sing up online, order some beer, and next thing you know, it will be on your doorstep....magic!
To find out more about this great new facility and how you can become part of it, visit now, and you too can be part of the most up and coming business in the North West.